Gathering of families and community with pop up tent and picnic tables


Heckrodt Wetland Reserve provides programs for the greater community!

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve community programs are available on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to audiences of all ages; programs are held onsite and in the community. Our hands-on programs are developed by trained naturalists and designed to foster an ethic of environmental appreciation. Some programs are free of charge, while others will charge a nominal fee to ensure future program opportunities.  Thank you for your continued support!


Upcoming Public Programs Listed Below:

Creepy Crawlies

October 7th and 8th from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Creepy Crawlies is now FULL for 2022!

Thank you for all the program support.


Come join us for our 23rd Annual Creepy Crawlies Halloween Program.

Creepy Crawlies 2022 will be completely outdoors and located on our unique trail system. You will be able to choose your own trail adventure by selecting your route for the evening (staff and volunteers will be at trail-heads to assist and help with event flow). The event will be focused on the four Nature-Halloween themed trails. Festivities will include the Haunted Trail, Creatures of Night Trail, Live Owls, Little Spooks Trail (at The Wild Space Area), and horse-pulled wagon rides at Pumpkin Prairie Trail. Popcorn included with registration. Youth, we’d like to see you in your Halloween best!

Creepy Crawlies will have 3 session each night (Friday October 7th & Saturday October 8th) .  Creepy Crawlies Session #1 event times are from 6:00-7:00 p.m. ; Session #2 event times are from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ; Session #3 event times are from 8:00-9:00 p.m.

$11 per person. 2 years and under are free. Please check in at the registration area (during your session time) the night of to get your adventure started.  There will be a $15 cancellation fee charged for 2 or more registrations.

Advanced ticket purchase is required!

Event Flyer/Cash Registration:  

Online Registration: 

Friday Session #1 FULL     Friday Session #2 FULL    Friday Session #3 FULL

Saturday Session #1 FULL   Saturday Session #2 FULL   Saturday Session #3 FULL


Special Thanks to event supporter:

Plastic Recycle Drive

Learn about the Reserve’s plastic recycling program and how you can escape the overwhelming amount of plastic in your life!