If you’ve never ventured out during a full moon in the winter, you’re in for a treat. There is some science behind the moon being a bit brighter in mid-winter and part of that is thanks to the reflection of snow (or ice this weekend) on the ground. There are also plenty of of planets to see this weekend as well (check out USM’s Southworth Planetarium’s Night Sky Calendar). But even if you aren’t all that into the wonders above, you can enjoy the general sense of exploring the winters woods in a new light.
There are several options for upcoming full moon hikes – or a nearly full moon (technically the moon is full Tuesday).
8 p.m. Saturday, Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center, Bethel Inn Resort. $13 adults, $10 kids. bethelinn.com
An all-ages moonlit walk through the woods and fields of this beautiful property. There’s a cup of hot cocoa before heading out on the trail. Rentals, if needed, are included in the tour.
6 p.m. Sunday, Scarborough Marsh section of Eastern Trail, Free. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pack your cross country skis, snowshoes or ice stabilizing foot gear (with poles) but leave your flashlights home for this “show-and-go” adventure with the Eastern Trail Maine Outdoor Adventure Club event. And make note, the MOAC folks don’t cancel for weather, it’s always a day for an adventure with them no matter the conditions. Just be sure to dress appropriately. For more information, contact John Andrews at email@example.com.
6 p.m. Monday, Southern Maine Health Care, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford. Free. easterntrail.org
Leave your electronics, flashlights and pets behind and take a walk under the winter moon. Meet at the rear of the parking lot. For more information, contact Joe Yuhas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 283-4487.
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. $7, $5 for members, $15 for family of 3 or more. wellsreserve.org
Take a walk through this easy-to-navigate trail system through Wells Reserve to Laudholm Beach. You’ll learn some lunar folklore and learn how the ocean is affected by the moon. Snowshoes will be available if needed. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight with a red filter if you have one. Reservations required, call 646-1555.
5:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Mt. Abram, Greenwood. Free. mtabram.com/calendar
A full-moon trek to Mt. Abram’s peak includes a heated lodge and hanging out in the snowfields. Take in the night, have a beverage and then ski, ride or hike your way down. Stick around until 8 p.m. to see the band, Crime Scene for more free fun at the mountain.