MASSENA -- There is still a chance to enjoy outdoor winter activities at Robert Moses State Park Nature Center before spring catches up to us.
The Friends of the Nature Center offer night-time excursions through the trails during winter. These “Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe” events are on Saturday closest to the full moon. On a clear night, the moonlight reflects off the snow and lights up the trails, so, no additional lighting is necessary to guide snowshoers and skiers through the trails.
“Most people are surprised how quiet and peaceful it can be, out on the trails at night,” says Assistant Recreation and Education Specialist Joel Danko, who leads the Moonlight ski events. Skiers need to be experienced; no experience is necessary for snowshoeing..
“We’ve been fortunate at times to be able to hear the sounds of coyotes calling to each other,” adds Friends Executive Director Mary Danboise. “The sound travels very well over the St Lawrence, so it seems like they are close, but in fact, they are quite a ways off.”
The Nature Center has skis and snowshoes available to rent in all sizes for $4 a set. If you are renting, the staff asks that you come 20 minutes early. The guided groups head out on the trails at 6:30 p.m. Following the event, participants gather around the outdoor fire pit, roast marshmallows and socialize.
The next Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe event is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8.
Pre-registration is required. Call 705-5022 or [email protected] to sign up.
More info: www.MassenaNatureCenter.org.