The Friends of the St. Clair River will host a bat hike at Columbus County Park at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29.

Bats are more than just a spooky Halloween decoration, they are also essential to agriculture and a healthy ecosystem.

Residents are invited to learn more about the little creatures at Friends of the St. Clair River’s bat hike at Columbus County Park, 1670 Bauman Road, from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 29. 

Visit to register for the free event. For more information or questions, email [email protected]

Melissa Kivel, education manager for Friends of the St. Clair River, said the event includes a guided hike through the forest to bat houses and a bat craft for kids and kids at heart. Attendees will learn fun facts about bats, bat ecology and bat habitat. 

“Bats are cool! Shrouded in darkness and mystery, they’re a symbol of Halloween, and we have so much to learn about them,” Kivel said in an email. “Come and see a prime bat habitat in the woods, learn about bat conservation and enjoy the great outdoors while doing so.”

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