National S’mores Day: Campfire treats, hiking and more

Homemade S'more with chocolate and marshmallow
Homemade S'more with chocolate and marshmallow on a graham cracker (istock)

Do you love the marshmallow-chocolaty goodness of a S’more? Then do I have a holiday for you! Yes, it’s true. Sunday, Aug. 10 is National S’mores Day, so get ready for campfires, nature walks, and plenty of S’mores.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford, N.J., is starting the celebration a day early on Saturday, Aug. 9 with its Night Hike & Campfire with S’mores program. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. you and the family can enjoy a nature walk and then relax around a campfire with some treats. The program includes guided tours of the animal housing area. Tours will depart every 30 minutes. Pre-registration is required.

On Sunday, Aug. 10, Tyler Arboretum in Media is holding Fun Outdoor Food from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Discover new ways to create your favorite treats, like using the heat of the sun to make S’mores. Make sure you call ahead of time because pre-registration is required.

Silver Lake Nature Center in Bristol will also be in the holiday spirit on Sunday with its Campfire with S’mores. Pre-registration is needed for this event as well. This will be an early event with festivities starting at 2 p.m.

For those of you near Gladwyne, you can get your S’more fix at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Have some outdoor fun with a nature walk and campfire. Everything starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t forget to pre-register.

The Churchville Nature Center in Churchville is offering you food for thought as well as food for your stomach. At an evening campfire program that starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, you will learn about the history of both S’mores and marshmallows. Did you know marshmallows originally were made using the sap from the marsh-mallow plant that grows in salt marshes?

If you haven’t had your fill of National S’mores Day by Sunday night, then head over to the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Roxborough on Monday, Aug. 11 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Spend the night with the stars as you watch the Perseid meteor shower and do some star-gazing through high-powered telescopes, and then gather round a campfire for some S’mores. Meet at the main building. Make sure you register online.