08/17/2019 - Moon Walk Featuring Nocturnal Insects
Join the Black Hills National Forest on Saturday, August 17 at 7:00 PM for a moonlit experience to learn about insects in the Black Hills that become active after the sun goes down. USDA Forest Service entomologists will discuss nocturnal insects, specifically moths that call the Black Hills home. Learn about the biology of moths, why they matter and advantages of being an insect at night. There will be a short walk to a black light station showing some of the insects discussed.
The Moon Walk will be located at the intersection of Victoria Lake Road (FS 159) and McCurdy Gulch Road (FS 165.1B) near Pactola Reservoir in the central Black Hills. If traveling from Rapid City, take Highway 44 west for approximately 18 miles. Then turn left on to Highway 385 heading south for approximately 4 miles to Victoria Lake Road, located south of Pactola Reservoir. Turn left on Victoria Lake Road (FS 159) and travel for approximately 1.3 miles to the parking area at intersection of McCurdy Gulch Road (FS 165.1B). The drive from Rapid City will take approximately 40 minutes. Signs will be posted at major intersections to guide visitors to the parking area.
Visitors should bring flashlights, water, and bug repellant and dress for unexpected weather and hiking on uneven terrain. Long pants and sturdy footwear (hiking boots or athletic shoes) are recommended for your comfort and safety. The program may be cancelled unexpectedly for unforeseen reasons such as lightning and other reasons beyond control. The program will not be cancelled due to rain unless it becomes unsafe due to lightning or severe weather. Please arrive early to aid in parking vehicles as 140 visitors per walk have been attending the programs this summer.
For more information about the program and summer schedule, visit www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.