After Dark is a time for summer fun in your Metro Parks

Visitor Engagement Manager

Remember the joy of catching fireflies or watching the sunset and the moonrise in the summertime? Without the pressure of morning alarms and early bedtime, summer is a great time to get out and explore the Metro Parks after sunset.

Full moon at Metro Parks. Photo Dan Bissonette

Program staff offer hikes under the full moon and campfire programs where you can enjoy a s’more and learn about the animals like bats that come out after dark. Bats provide an aerial show as they swoop overhead searching for insects to eat. They wake up and begin hunting at sunset so visitors can watch for their silhouettes flying in the dusky sky or join a program where staff use a bat detector to pick up the high pitched sounds bats use in echolocation.

Drive-in movies might be a thing of the past, but you can still enjoy a movie under the stars in one of our Metro Parks. Bring a blanket and snacks and check out our summer movie series to create your own summer memories. The next movie is How to Train Your Dragon on July 15 at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. See the flyer for additional information.

And be sure to check our programs web pages for information on bat programs, campfires, full moon walks. Don’t miss the chance to get out and explore the Metro Parks, especially in the evening.