Washington: Institute for American Studies gives winter woods walk

WASHINGTON — Take a walk through the winter woods under the first full moon of January with the educators of the Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, in Washington. The full moon walk will take place on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

Hikers will walk along wooded trails on the grounds of the Institute and experience the serenity of nature under the bright nighttime sky that Eastern Woodland Native Americans have experienced for centuries.

Many Native American communities call the January full moon the Wolf Moon because wolves are heard more often at this time of year. Traditionally, it was believed that wolves howled because they were hungry this time of year. Researchers today believe that wolves howl in January to defend their territory and to locate members of their pack to go hunting.

The woodland walk ends at the newly restored and built 16th-century Algonkian village where a warm fire and hot chocolate will greet hikers.

Space on this walk is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 860-868-0518 or email events@iaismuseum.org to reserve a spot. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children and Institute members is $5.

Dress for the weather, to wear sturdy shoes, and to bring along a flashlight.