Full Moon Family Nature Walk to Be Held March 15

WILDWOOD CREST — March is the month of the Full Sap Moon, also known as the Full Worm Moon to some Native Americans. It is a time when life begins to return to the land in soft and subtle ways. Join us on Sat. evening, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Two Mile Beach Visitor Contact Station as we lead our first in a series of Full Moon Family Nature Walks!

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 earth, feel the wind, hear the ocean roar, and sense the wildlife. Friends of Cape May NWR will offer a “Walk By the Light of the Moon” series of interpretive walks during spring and summer. These walks are based on the book by Frances Hamerstrom titled, “Walk When the Moon is Full,” about her children and the nature walks they took every month under the full moon. Their purpose is to provide a family oriented activity that introduces visitors to the natural history of the Refuge. Through this introduction we hope to foster an understanding and appreciation for these resources that will lead visitors toward stewardship of their public lands in Cape May County.

Full Moon walks will be held each month on a Sat. night close to the official full moon and will begin at varying times depending on the season. Most walks will last about an hour and a half, and will cover approximately one mile in length. Please join our interpreters and naturalists for walks and presentations in the moonlight. Bring a flashlight or headlamp (although after our eyes become accustomed to the dark, we won’t be needing them), and dress for the weather. Remember, it’s often cooler and windier near the beach, so try to dress in layers.

This program is free and open to the public, and is especially suitable for families with children. After the program, the public is invited to relax and warm up with coffee, tea and hot chocolate at the newly-opened Nature Store at Two Mile. Please meet at the Visitors Contact Station at the Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, 12001 Pacific Ave (Ocean Dr), Wildwood Crest, near the former Coast Guard Loran Station. For more information or directions, please call 609-513-9349. Heavy rain or snow cancels the event.

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