Take a ‘Moonwalk’ in Black Hills National Forest

For a unique experience in the Black Hills National Forest, try a "Moonwalk." All Moonwalks start at 7 p.m. on Saturdays from May to September. They last one to two hours.

"Their purpose," says the Black Hills National Forest Web site, "is to provide a family-oriented activity that introduces visitors to the cultural and natural history of the Black Hills. Through this introduction we hope to foster an understanding and appreciation for these resources that will lead visitors toward stewardship of public lands."

This summer’s Moonwalk schedule was just announced. Here it is:

May 22 – Owl Calls
This walk is located in the central Black Hills. A biologist from the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will introduce visitors to the types of owls in our area, their biology, habitat needs and calls.

June 26 – Forest Wildflowers
This walk is located in the central Black Hills. Forest botanists will introduce visitors to the habitat, identification, and management  of a variety of wildflowers and possibly rare plants of the Hills.

July 24 – Prehistoric Rock Art
This walk is located in the southern Black Hills. Forest archaeologists will share their knowledge of prehistoric rock art, what attracted some of the earliest visitors to the Hills and how they lived here.

August 21 – Grassland Conservation
This walk is located east of Scenic, SD. The Nature Conservancy will discuss the unique plants and conservation efforts of this recent land acquisition while visitors enjoy a breathtaking view of a grassland landscape.

September 18 – Mining Towns of the late 1800’s  
This walk is located in the central Black Hills. A local historian will tell the story of a late 1800’s mining community and its residents.  

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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