Best Moonlight Walk - 2001
Plains Conservation Center
Although it's sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the lights on E-470 and the light of the moon, the evening walks at the Plains Conservation Center, a 1,100-acre plot of preserved prairie, can still transport you to another time and place. The center hosts a walk during the full moons of every month except January and February. Each one celebrates a different feature of the natural world, but all delve into history, ecology and cultural stories about the moon. For instance, there's the Hunger Moon in March, when walkers carry warmed baked potatoes, and the Coyote Moon, during which you can call out to the local "moondogs" to see if they'll respond. All walks start at about 7:30 p.m., last a little more than two hours and end with a campfire and marshmallow roast. Everyone is invited, although reservations are required, and the center discourages small children because of the length of the walks.