Programs

Please check the calendar for program dates, special events, and registration requirements
 For information on special programs for groups of 10 or more, contact us at:
info@gomtcharleston.com.
Visit our Photo Gallery and Facebook to see images from our programs.



Winter
Junior Snow Ranger Programs
Learn about the forest and mountain in the spring and how to be a responsible Junior Ranger!
Best suited for kids in the 2nd to 5th grade.
Check the calendar for registration requirements.

Snowshoe Hikes
Snowshoe hikes involve just that, donning on a pair of snowshoes and trekking out into the white beyond. We have 30 pairs of snowshoes available and you are more than welcome to use a pair or 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. We plan hikes for every Saturday and Sunday, adding more during holiday weekends. Click here for more detailed information on snowshoe hikes.

Registration is required. Hikes are limited to 30 people. 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 one thing, snow. Hikes may be cancelled if there is not enough snow on the ground.


Spring, Summer & Fall
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 need an introduction to the Spring Mountains or for regulars who want to know more about the woods they've been stomping around in for so long.

Check the calendar for registration requirements.

Junior Ranger Programs
Learn about the forest and mountain in the spring and how to be a responsible Junior Ranger!
Best suited for kids in the 2nd to 5th grade.
Check the calendar for registration requirements.

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. Our night hikes on average are an hour and a half long. Night hikes start between 7PM and 8PM and are typically held every Friday and Saturday during the summer. Those with night blindness or vision problems may have issues on this hike.
Check the calendar for registration requirements.

Interpretive Programs
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. If you plan on camping or picnicking at Mt Charleston on a weekend during the summer or spring, check our schedule and see if we're giving a program at your location.
Check the calendar for registration requirements.

Art Workshops
Workshops for all ages and all skill levels are held at various locations on the mountain, directed by professional artist David Sanchez Burr and various guest artists. Please check out our Art Page for more information and details on all of our art programs.


Summer Only
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 are limited to 75 people. 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.

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