Nature lights up during Martin Park's Firefly Hike

The woods of Martin Park Nature Center will light up with phosphorescent green Saturday, July 9, when naturalists lead visitors on a family-friendly hike in search of nature’s fireworks, fireflies.


The hike begins at 9:15 p.m. from the park’s visitor center at 5000 W Memorial Road. The cost is $8 per hiker and advanced registration is required. The after-hours hike will give visitors a rare chance to explore the park after the sun goes down and learn about the nocturnal activities of the park’s animals.


“Fireflies, or lightning bugs, often remind people of their childhoods,” said Martin Park naturalist Emily Hiatt. “Now parents can share those memories with their own children, and learn a thing or two about the insects along the way.”


During the hike, naturalists will talk about what makes fireflies glow and why the insect is important to our ecosystem. The hike is for observation only. No jars or catch nets will be permitted.


The hike is recommended for families with children age 6 and over. Visitors are asked to dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes. Bug spray is also recommended.


To register, visit For more information, call (405) 297-1429 or visit

Martin Park Nature Center is operated by the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department and is the city’s only dedicated nature education park.