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Bring your kids out for a family full moon adventure in the dunes of the Crane Wildlife refuge, ending with a fun sparkler dance party!
This is an earlier, shorter, slower full moon hike experience, perfect for both younger and older participants. We will stick to a short dunes loop with stops for fun dunes facts, enjoy the sunset on the beach, and play in the twilight with sparklers.
In December, the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. The Algonquin tribes aptly named this full moon the Long Nights Moon. Also called the Cold Moon, this midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is diametrically opposite to the low Sun.
Bring water and dress for the weather with sturdy shoes to maximize comfort. You are welcome to bring a flashlight or headlamp, but the moon is usually plenty bright and we'll want some moments to fully enjoy the eery beauty without light.
The starting location and other relevant details for all hikes, kayak paddles, and river boat trips will be emailed to registrants the day before the event at the address provided upon registration. If you prefer to have this information over the phone, please call us using the contact information provided at the left.
Weather cancellation policy: All trips will take place rain or shine with the following exceptions: If there is a high confidence that thunder and lightning will be present, we may cancel a trip up to one hour in advance. If the forecast is for steady and heavy rain all day, we may decide to cancel by 3pm on the day before the event. If either of these happens, all registrants will be notified by email and/or phone with as much notice as possible.