Free hike at Lake Monroe features sights, sounds

You can experience the chill of a winter night and the darkness of a new moon on a hike through field and forest at Lake Monroe at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

The free hike is limited to 15 people. Register by Dec. 12 with the Paynetown Activity Center at 812-837-9967 or

During a new moon, none of the moon’s disk is visible. The result is a darker-than-normal night.

Lake Monroe naturalist Jill Vance will show participants how to use senses other than sight to experience the darkness. If the sky is clear, she’ll also highlight stars and constellations.

“If you’ve been limiting your experience with nature to warmth and light, this is a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and see what you’ve been missing,” Vance said.

Registered hikers should meet in the overflow parking lot at Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington.

Vance advises people to dress warmly. Participants are welcome to carry a flashlight but shouldn’t plan on using it.

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