The nights in the Bitterroot Valley are great, and the Bitterroot National Forest celebrates them with monthly Moon Walks every summer.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Foreset says this is the 13th year for Moon Walks, which are based on the book "Walk When the Moon is Full." The evenings start about 7 p.m. on the Saturday nearest the full moon in June, July, August and October. They are free to the public and co-sponsored by the Bitterroot RC&D. The presentations are informal and are good for young and old alike.

Here's what is planned this year:

  • June 22 - Bear Moon - at Blodgett Campground, you'll find out about grizzly and black bears, food storage tips and bear spray.
  • July 20 - Aquatic Moon - at Kiwanis River Park in Hamilton, the Bitter Root Water Forum folks will talk about the Bitterroot River and the plants and animals in the water.
  • August 17 - Bark Beetle Moon - at Willoughby Environmental Education Area south of Stevensville, the life cycle of these devastating bugs and how to see if they're infecting your trees.
  • October 26 - Ghost Moon - at Woods Cabin at Lake Como, ghosts of the valley's past will appear (actors, not real ghosts) and tell of their untimely ends.

For more information, contact the the Bitterroot Supervisor's Office at (406) 363-7100.