The first Moon Walk of the year to happen Saturday, June 11

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Photo Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service – Black Hills National Forest Facebook page

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. –  The first Black Hills National Forest’s Moon Walk of the year will happen at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 11, at the Whitney Preserve – eight miles south of Hot Springs.

The Moon Walk is a short evening hike, where people can learn about local fire history and the importance of it when it comes to the health of habitats and the plants and animal species that depend on it.

The Nature Conservancy and other fire partners will share the critical nature of fire as a tool and how people can live in a fire-adapted location.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you can reach the Moon Walk from Hot Springs by traveling 8.1 miles south on Highway 71 (Cascade Road) – past JH Keith Park Cascade Springs Picnic Area and The Whitney Preserve Nature Trail parking area. You then turn right at The Nature Conservancy sign that’s attached to an open gate and it’ll take you into The Whitney Preserve. A mile past the gate will take you to the parking area. Event signs will also be posted at major intersections. It’s asked that people arrive early to help in parking vehicles.

Visitors are also encouraged to bring binoculars, flashlights, water, and bug repellant. Long pants and sturdy footwear like hiking boots or athletic shoes, are suggested for walkers’ comfort and safety.

The Black Hills National Forest, partnered with Black Hills Parks & Forests Association (BHPFA), is offering 2022 Moon Walk Collector’s Pins at each event for $5. The money supports the educational efforts across the Black Hills National Forest.

If something like lightning, high fire danger, wildfire, or other safety reasons happen, the program may be canceled, but will continue if there is just rain. If the hike is canceled in advance due to severe forecasted weather, the notice will be on the Black Hills National Forest Facebook and Twitter, and people are suggested to check before heading to the event.

Find out more about the Black Hills National Forest Moon Walk program here.

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