There’s no such thing as a rain check at the Harris Nature Center (3998 Van Atta Road). After a day of storms, Harris still held their monthly Howl at the Moon event on Oct. 6 — a walk through the woods where participants are encouraged to bring their dogs.
“Our schedule is so packed that we don’t have reschedule dates, so our motto is that we carry on regardless of the weather,” said Kati Adams, senior park naturalist.
Howl at the Moon has existed for over 10 years. It takes place every month, once a month, on the Friday that is closest to the full moon.
The walk is three miles. It’s guided by a Harris Nature Center staff member, but there’s no programming or teaching while on the trail.
“It’s guided but not interpretive,” Adams said. “It’s not an informative walk. Dogs don’t like to stop and listen to you talk about trees or anything.”
Adams said that the walk is an opportunity to bring dogs on the trail after the park it closed. Harris closes at dusk daily. Even though Harris encourages folks to bring their dogs, many people just come for the walk with a friend or by themselves.
Jamie Andrews worked at Harris five years ago. She recently came back and was the staff member guiding the walk this month.
“I like just seeing all of the dogs because I don’t have a dog at home,” said Andrews. “I like just seeing the different sizes. I know one of the ones I did before, we had great danes down to Chihuahuas so it was interesting the speed difference between the two.”
Andrews brought along a friend, Rachel King. It was King’s first time participating in the dog walk.
“I’m here to hangout with my best friend, she asked me, and we haven’t seen each other in a while, and I also like dogs,” said King, gesturing to a husky, “and that dog is really cute.”
“It’s just fun to get out and walk at night,” Andrews added.
October’s full moon is also the Harvest Moon. Harris hosted Harvest Moon: Stories Around the Campfire on Oct. 7, a day after the Howl at the Moon Walk.
Howl at the Moon costs $3 per person. The next walk will take place on Nov. 3.