Moon Walk to host "Introduction to The Night Sky"
August 21, 2021
The Black Hills National Forest will conduct its third Moon Walk of the year on Sat., Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. The activity will take place at the Sundance Horse Camp, located about five miles from Sundance.
Participants will learn how to identify some common constellations and hear stories about various star clusters. Speakers will also share some of the science related to star brightness, distances and other night sky observations. If you are looking for ways to engage your family on future campouts, especially after dark, this public event might inspire star gazing beginners.
To reach the Moon Walk from Sundance, travel northeast on East Cleveland Street for just over one mile, then turn north (left) onto Government Valley Road (Crook County Road Number 123). Follow Government Valley Road for about two miles, then turn west (left) into the Sundance Horse Camp. Event signs will be posted at major intersections to help guide participants to the parking area.
Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, flashlights, water and bug repellant and dress for cooler evening temperatures. Long pants and sturdy footwear (hiking boots or athletic shoes) are recommended for your comfort and safety while hiking on uneven terrain. Please arrive early to aid in parking vehicles, as over 120 visitors per walk have been attending the programs.
The program may be canceled unexpectedly due to unforeseen reasons such as lightning, high fire danger, wildfire and other safety reasons beyond our control. The program will not be canceled due to rain unless lightning is spotted.
If the Moon Walk is canceled in advance due to severe weather forecasted, the notice of cancelation will be placed on the Black Hills National Forest Facebook page, Twitter account and the Black Hills National Forest website. The public is encouraged to check online before heading out to the event.
The Black Hills National Forest, in partnership with Black Hills Parks & Forests Association, is selling ‘Black Hills Moon Walk’ collector pins. This year’s pin, 1.125-inches in diameter, features a beaver swimming with a branch in its mouth.
A different designed pin is anticipated each year. You can purchase the “2021 Black Hills Moon Walk” pin, for $5 (cash only), at a Moon Walk program. Your purchase of this pin will directly support the Moon Walk and other educational programs.
For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills/