Moon over Milton Mills: Nighttime walk set for Sept. 21

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Folks hike a mountain trail on a recent MOOS-ies recreational event. (MMRG photo)

MILTON MILLS - On Saturday, Sept. 21, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways and Branch Hill Farm will offer a New Moon Walk for families. The activity is part of MMRG's ongoing nature series for kids and their families called "MOOSE-ies for Families", intended to engage children with the natural world and encourage a new generation of conservationists. MMRG staff and volunteers will lead the New Moon Walk from 5 to 7 pm at Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills.

Lorrie Drake, Chair of MMRG's Educational Outreach Committee and one of the outing leaders, was enthusiastic about the variety of fun things that can be done when the moon is hidden and the sky is dark. "Activities will include stargazing and learning about constellations, listening for night sounds and using our other heightened senses, and learning about animals that can see in the dark. We'll provide red cellophane to cover flashlights for night vision, and diagrams of easily identified constellations. I'm sure we'll have a great time!"

Children of all ages are welcome with their families. Families are asked to bring their own snack, a blanket for stargazing, bug repellant, and flashlights or headlamps. The outing is free for MMRG member households (see below) but pre-registration is required. For more information, directions, and to pre-register, call MMRG Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email

'MOOSE-ies for Families' stands for Members Only Outdoor and Social Events for Families. The program of six 'MOOSE-ies for Families' activities per year is a membership benefit for MMRG member families. Upcoming MOOSE-ies events include a Bonfire Evening of stories, music and games on Friday, October 25 and a Saturday morning walk to gather greens and make holiday decorations on December first. Families can join MMRG for $25 per household per year at or call (603) 473-2020 to inquire about available scholarships. MMRG would like to thank MRP Manufacturing, LLC in Pittsfield, NH for sponsoring the 2019 'MOOSE-ies for Families' series, and the Dorr Foundation, which supported the program with a grant.

Virginia Long is the Public Relations Coordinator for MMRG

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