Nothing is more enchanting (and perhaps spooky!) than the warm glow of a full moon on a cool fall night! Join Buddy Muhler, an experienced agronomy educator, for a special "Park After Dark" event as we celebrate the fall season by experiencing the rising of the orange "Hunter’s Moon."
First, we'll use the moonlight to guide us on a short hike on a portion of the Boxer's Trail, appreciating nature lit by the glowing moon. Using minimal artificial light, we'll let our eyes adjust to look for nocturnal creatures who take advantage of moonlight to scour the ground for their next meal.
Next we'll turn our attention to the moon itself by ending the hike with a guided moon observation at Edgley Field. Buddy will discuss the lunar cycles and the meaning of the "Harvest Moon." As you observe through your own binoculars*, he will point out interesting visible surface features such as dark gray mares (seas) and white reflective highlands. And each attendee will have the chance to travel close up to the moon's surface by looking through Buddy's high powered telescope!
(* a limited supply of binoculars will be available to borrow if you do not have your own)
If you're a lunar lunatic, this is not an evening to miss!
TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can:
- $15, $20, or $25
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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Estimated distance: 2 miles
Level: easy to moderate
Terrain: combination of flat open parkland and hilly trails
- Appropriate for adults and families with children ages 12 & up. Minors must be registered and accompanied by an adult.
- For optimal moon enjoyment, bring a pair of binoculars
- Bring a picnic blanket for comfort on the field
- Bring bug spray
- Please dress according to weather conditions and wear sturdy walking / hiking footwear
- Please bring your own water and snacks (drinking water is not available in the park)
- Friendly dogs on leash are welcome.
- We will use moonlight whenever possible, but for portions of the trail, we recommend bringing flashlight, headlamp, or fully charged smartphone.
- There are bathrooms available at the beginning and end of the hike if absolutely necessary
PARKING: there is plenty of free parking in Woodford's back driveway and along Dauphin Dr. As always, NEVER leave valualbes in your car!
IMPORTANT: This is a night hike and we will leave promptly at scheduled time (6:30 pm). Please arrive at the departure location at least 5 minutes early. We cannot guarentee latecomers will be able join after the group has departed.
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:
- This event has limited capacity. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
- Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event.
- Please bring a mask. We encourage you to wear it if you're in proximity to others.
- If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.
POSTPONEMENT / CANCELLATION POLICY: In case of inclement weather or cloudy conditions, the event will be postponed to the following day on Thursday, October 21. If conditions persist, event will be cancelled and attendees are eligible for a full refund.
GUIDE BIO: Buddy Muhler is a passionate astronomer and science educator. He has over 15 years experience operating telescopes and educating the public on astronomy, first at The Franklin Institute and in his current position with The Academy of Natural Sciences.