Something is lurking in the woods. Are you brave enough to find out who – or what – is there?
During Gone Squatchin’ Oct. 19 at Hickory Knolls you’ll have the chance to test your investigative skills to track down – or catch a glimpse — of Bigfoot.
The event promises to be family-friendly. Guided hikes will take place at 5:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Self-guided hikes are available as well. No flashlights are allowed.
Participants should first meet in the Discovery Center to explore different investigation stations or head right out to the trails. Upon the hike, you’ll learn how to identify traces left by the elusive Squatch or of different animals that have been in the area – even if you haven’t seen them with your own eyes.
You’ll look for tracks, scat and other physical evidence, as well as train your ear to listen for particular animal sounds. Through different challenges and games, you’ll have a chance to test those skills. Then apply what you’ve learned on the look out for the Sasquatch.
“It’s structured like a scientific expedition. We want everyone to leave with enough scientific training to be able to find a Sasquatch in the woods, and, in the future, use those tracking skills to look for signs of native animals on local hikes in our community’s natural areas,” said Laura McCoy, nature programs supervisor.
There also will be a story element during the hike, discussing different theories, alleged evidence and cultural differences of Bigfoot.
“Gone Squatchin’ encourages families to spend time together outside after dark, celebrating the Halloween season in a nontraditional format,” McCoy said.
The hike is about one mile on uneven terrain. Strollers are not recommended.
Advanced tickets are $8 per person online through Oct. 18, or $10 at the door. Children ages 3 and under are free. Scouts and youth groups are welcome. For special rates, call 630-513-4399.
For more information or to register, visit www.stcparks.org.