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Walk under moon at museum

Guided moonlight walk for families is being offered by the Discovery Center and Museum on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in The Dalles.

A guided moonlight walk for families is being offered by the Discovery Center and Museum Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m.

The moonlight walk will include occasional stops for interpretation inspired by stars, planets, nocturnal wildlife, and the sights and sounds of commerce. "It's a wonderful way to share another aspect of nature with our guests," said Steve Rice, school programs coordinator at the center. "People are used to exploring nature during daylight hours. It's exciting for us to be able to share the night time environment."

Guided by museum staff and the USDA Forest Service, the walk will head down the newly paved Lewis and Clark Riverfront Trail to Taylor Lakes and the Columbia shore. A beach on the Columbia Shore will be the group's destination.

Estimated total length of the walk is a mile and a half, downhill and back. Another, more level stroll of a quarter mile will be offered at the same time for those who prefer it. That walk will follow the paved pathway around the pond behind the Center, and out to a viewpoint.

The walk will leave from the front entrance of the Center. Families are asked to leave pets and bicycles behind and keep flashlights off as much as possible to preserve each other's night vision.

Cost per walker is $2.50. Infants in strollers and being carried are free.

Proceeds from the walks will benefit children's programs at the Discovery Center and Museum.

For more information, call (541) 296-8600.


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