Learning Center

2013 Walk by the Light of the Moon

Once a month, as the full moon glows, it seems safe to venture out into the dark while the moon makes shadows.  You can still smell the flowers, feel the wind, hear the water, and sense the wildlife.

For the 12th year, the Bitterroot National Forest and the Bitter Root Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) offer a series of interpretive “Moon Walks” from June through October.  These walks are based on the book by Francis Hammerstrom, “Walk When the Moon is Full “, which is about her children and the nature walks they took every month under the full moon.

The Bitterroot National Forest invites you to join interpreters and naturalists for our 2013 Walk by the Light of the Moon series. The program will begin at 7:00 pm on a Saturday near the full moon and last approximately 1 1/2 hours. For more information visit www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot and click on “Learning Center” or call the Bitterroot National Forest at 406-363-7100.  Below are the topics that will be featured during the 2012 series:

  • Saturday June 22nd, Bear Aware Moon Presentation will be at Blodgett Canyon Campground, near Hamilton. Join us for this educational program and learn all about bear biology. Do you know how to tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear? The program will cover food storage tips in bear country, and you will learn about bear spray and how to use it. We will even practice with inert bear spray canisters. 

Directions:  From Hamilton, MT go west on Main Street for 1 mile, turn north (right) onto Ricketts Rd. And travel 0.5 miles. Turn west (left) onto Blodgett Camp Rd/FS 736, and follow approximately 4 miles to the campground.

  • Saturday July 20th, Aquatic Moon Presentation will be at Kiwanis River Park in Hamilton.  Join us for a walk through the park and learn about the Bitterroot River and the aquatic life that it supports. Hosted by the Bitter Root Water Forum.

Directions:  From Hwy 93 turn West onto Ravalli St, drive down to 9th St, park will be on your left.

  • Saturday August 17th, Bark Beetle Moon Presentation will be at Willoughby Environmental Education Area near Stevensville. Join us for a presentation on the mountain pine beetle. Learn about the life cycle of these native insects, how to determine if they are present in a forest stand and forest management options for controlling their spread.

Directions:  Take the Bell Crossing turnoff on Highway 93, between Stevensville and Vic-tor. Head east across the Eastside Highway onto Willoughby Lane. Follow the brown “hiker” signs on Willoughby Lane and South Sunset Bench Roads to the site. The area is 40 acre parcel of public land amidst private property. You will see the parking area and covered picnic tables on the right with a sign identifying it as Willoughby Environmental Education Area.

  • September - No Moon Walk Scheduled
  • Friday October 18th, Ghost Moon Presentation at Wood’s Cabin at Lake Como near Darby.  Join us for ghost stories at the historic Wood’s Cabin on the shores of Lake Como. We will meet historic Bitterroot Valley ghosts and hear stories of their lives and untimely deaths.

Directions:  From Darby, MT travel north for 4 miles on Highway 93. Turn west (left) onto Lake Como Rd. Follow for 3 miles turn north (right) to remain on Lake Como RD, follow for 0.7 miles and turn left and then an immediate right towards beach area.