March Twilight/Moonlight Ski/Snowshoe/Hike

Bring your friends and join us for a winter trek! Saturday, March 4, 2023. 4:00 PM. State Route 244 Parking Area for Phillips Creek State Forest. Headlamps and proper footwear and clothing are a must. It is very helpful to download the Avenza Map app for a cell phone https://www.avenza.com/avenza-maps/ and the Phillips Creek, Turnpike and Palmer’s Pond State Forest Map from the DEC https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/mappalmerspondphillipscreekturnpike.pdf for easy use on the trails. This app allows trail users pinpoint their location. IMPACT also has a webpage for reporting trail hazards, so pins from Avenza are easily uploaded.

All trail users are required to sign in and out for this event, as many people will be returning after dark. Trail safety is paramount always.

Moonrise 3:15 PM

Sunset 6:07 PM

This is a perfect time to be out on the trail! The last Full Moon of the winter season in March is the Worm Moon because of the earthworms that come out when the soil warms up. Native American tribes called it the Crow Moon for the crows coming back, Snow Crust Moon, and Sap and Sugar Moon for when the maple sap runs.

The Anglo-Saxons called it Lenten Moon after the Germanic Lenten for spring. The Celts called it the Wind Moon and Plough Moon. In Old English, it was known as the Death Moon and the Chaste Moon referring to the purity of the spring season.