Learning Center

2014 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 2014 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 2014 series:

  • Saturday June 21st, Horse101 Moon Presentation will be at Blodgett Canyon Campground, near Hamilton.  Join us for this educational program on things you don’t know about a horse, but probably should.  The program will cover horse psychology, anatomy, evolution, history of the horse in the west, horse trivia, what to do (and not do) when you meet a horse on the trail, and other equine topics.  Join Fred Weisbecker with the Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen for this fun and memorable presentation.

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 12th, Native Plant Moon Presentation will be at Hieronymus Park in Hamilton. Learn all about plant identification, native plants and insects, and the role they play in a healthy ecosystem.  Join a botanist from the Bitterroot National Forest for a walk through the park to observe plants, insects, and wildlife.  We will also discuss noxious weeds and ways to help minimize their establishment. 

Directions:  Off Hwy 93 N. behind Dairy Queen, South of Bitterroot River Inn

  • Saturday August 9th, Cold Water Moon Presentation will be at Kiwanis River Park in Hamilton. Join us for a stroll through the park and learn about the importance of riparian vegetation to the Bitterroot River.  Just what is “riparian vegetation”?  What roles does it play in watershed health?  How can it keep our water cold?  Learn the answers to these questions and much more during this fun and educational event!  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 September 13th, Photography Moon at Blodgett Overlook Trail in Hamilton.  Photographs make some of the best memories from our journeys outside. Bring your camera and tripod and join a few local Bitterroot photographers on a hike up Blodgett Overlook to learn how to take your photos up a notch, specifically focused on outdoor photography. Capture the perfect landscape, colorful sunrise, hiking trail, wildflower, or star-filled sky.  

Directions:  From Hamilton Montana, 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 end.

  • Saturday October 25th, 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.  Costumes encouraged!

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.