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PROGRAMS
Check the calendar for specific times, fees, and registration requirements
Groups of 10 or more should contact programs@gomtcharleston.com to make arrangements for private programs

Warm Weather Programs

Junior Ranger Programs
Learn about the forest and mountain in the spring and how to be a responsible Junior Ranger!
Best suited for kids ages 5-10.

Night Hikes
Night hikes are one of our most popular programs. Travel with a trained naturalist out into the forest or along a trail after the sun has set. Night hikes are timed with dusk to ensure that our eyes can adjust properly. Learn about nocturnal animals and how they have adapted to the twilight in order to survive or about astronomy and how one can use the stars to navigate and even tell what time of year it is. Night hikes include a small amount of hiking through easy terrain as well as various activities out in the dark. Bring a flashlight, but don't plan on using it. *Those with night blindness or vision problems may have issues on this hike. 

Science Safaris
Do you have what it takes to be a scientist? Learn about an endemic species found only on the mountain on this citizen science day of fun! Each safari has a specific creature or plant we are looking for. Set traps and help scientists collect data. An educational program and crafts are included. Safaris typically run from 9:00AM-12PM.
Registration is required. Safaris have limited capacity. You must register ahead of time for a specific safari. You will receive a confirmation letter via email with the location of the safari, how to get there, and what to expect.

Interpretive Programs and Tabletops
Interpretive programs don't involve hiking, but include activities that may require some movement. These programs focus on specific topics such as how to recognize signs of wildlife, archaeology, and wildflowers. 

Art Workshops
Workshops for all ages and all skill levels are held at various locations on the mountain. Please check out our Art Page for more information and details on all of our art programs.

Interpretive Hikes
Interpretive hikes at Mt Charleston are for those wishing to walk the trail with a trained naturalist. These hikes have a specific theme such as geology, erosion, plants, wildlife, and more depending on the most prominent traits of the trail itself. Interpretive hikes are on average two hours long and are done at a leisurely pace. These hikes are great for newcomers who would like an introduction to the Spring Mountains and for regulars who want to know more about the woods they've been exploring for so long.

Cold Weather Programs

Junior Snow Ranger Programs
Learn about the forest and mountain in the spring and how to be a responsible Junior Ranger!

Snowshoe Hikes
Snowshoe hikes involve just that: donning on a pair of snowshoes and trekking out into the white beyond. We have snowshoes available or you may bring your own. Learn about how the seasons change, as well as how animals adapt for the freezing cold and how that compares to our own survival out in the snow. Our snowshoe hikes on average are two hours long. Extra socks, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended. Click here for more detailed information on snowshoe hikes.

Registration is required. Hike capacity is limited. You must register ahead of time for a specific hike, and once you do so you will be given a confirmation letter via email with the location of the hike, how to get there, and what to expect in regards to weather and clothing needs. Note: Snowshoe hikes are dependent on proper snow levels. Hikes may be cancelled if there is not enough snow on the ground.


Have an idea for a program on a topic that interests you? Tell us about it at info@gomtcharleston.com.