HANNIBAL | The Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department is offering free night hikes through Sodalis Nature Preserve on the second and fourth Fridays in July, but reservations are required to participate. The Mysterious Moths Night Hikes will be at 8 p.m. on July 10 and July 24.
The full program lasts about two hours and follows a two-mile paved trail. Participants are welcome to stay with the group or return to the parking lot on their own. Activities include seasonal observations, sensory activities and the telling of the creation of Sodalis Nature Preserve.
There will be a strict limit of 20 participants and reservations must be made by calling Hannibal Parks an Recreation at 573-221-0154 or by emailing email@example.com.
Nature programs and hikes are led by Gale Rublee, a nationally certified interpreter guide with more than 25 years of experience in outdoor education. Rublee said moths are prevalent at this time of year and often found at Sodalis, which is appropriate since bats prey on moths.
The parks and recreation department has produced online “Nature Moments with Gale” to encourage Hannibal residents to get outside for a dose of Vitamin “N” for nature. These videos are available on the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Facebook page or at www.hannibalparks.org.