(2/1) It's the coldest time of the year, a beautiful time for a moonlit stroll through the forest.
Don't be fooled by the bleakness of the woods; many things are happening at this time of year. Why hibernate in the house? Come out and look for the first signs of spring during a full moon walk
hosted by Strawberry Hill Nature Center and Preserve near Fairfield, Pennsylvania.
"We do these walks because a lot of people just don't get out at night," says Strawberry Hill's education coordinator, Eddy Rubin. "Either they're afraid or they don't see it
as a time to be outside, or they don't think it's a time to learn much about nature -- but it is. There are a lot of unique things going on at night that you can't experience during the daytime."
Rubin will lead a gentle moonlit hike through parts of Strawberry Hill's 600-acre nature preserve on Wednesday, February 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The event, which is open to
the public, is free for Strawberry Hill members, $3.75 for non-members. Registration is requested by February 12 by calling (717)642-5346. Strawberry Hill is located at 1537 Mount Hope Road, three
miles outside Fairfield, Pennsylvania.
"I can't guarantee what we'll see and hear," says Rubin. "Sometimes we see owls, sometimes flying squirrels or raccoons. You never know, but there are usually some surprises."
Strawberry Hill Nature Center and Preserve is a non-profit education and conservation organization. For more than 20 years, Strawberry Hill has offered its 609-acre nature
preserve as a living classroom for our community. Open to the public year-round, Strawberry Hill offers a picnic area, nature center, and 10 miles of walking trails through wooded hillsides and
mountain streams. Strawberry Hill offers educational programs and special events throughout the year. To learn more about Strawberry Hill Nature Center and Preserve, please visit www.strawberryhill.org.