Winter owl prowl hike Feb. 26

Fri, 02/12/2021 - 7:00am

Hikers are invited to enjoy the unique sounds of the woods in winter on a full moon hike at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson on Friday, Feb. 26, from 6-8 p.m. Nature will light the trail as hikers take in the howls of distant coyotes, hooting owls and the rustle of creatures in the underbrush. Participants will meet at the parking lot of the nature center; the hike leader will guide a walk to Little Dyer Pond and back, for a total distance of about two and half miles.

If snow is on the ground, participants who don’t have their own snowshoes may borrow a pair from Midcoast Conservancy. Registration is required; participants who need snowshoes should arrive 15 minutes early. Hikers are asked to not bring dogs, as they may scare off wildlife along the way.

To register, go to Email any questions to The 1000-acre Hidden Valley preserve is open 365 days a year to all; Midcoast Conservancy members are free while other visitors are asked to make a $5 day-use donation. Trails are groomed in winter after any significant snowfall; five huts and yurts are available for overnight camping. More information is on the website at