Come See If There’s a “Man on the Moon”

Spooky moon by R. Pauwels
​Photo by R. Pauwels.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. –  Under the light of a full moon, the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society presents a “Moonlight Hike” on Saturday, October 15, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the UT Arboretum. Join the group as they walk Arboretum trails by the light of the silvery moon.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Arboretum Visitors Center at 901 Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. The two-mile round trip hike will be led by experienced volunteers. Moonrise will begin at 7:02 p.m. that evening, so the moon will have risen above the trees by the time the program has concluded.

Please note that this event is limited to ages 10 and above.

Participants will listen for owls and other night creatures as they journey through the woods. There will be a telescope available for anyone who wants a closer look at the night sky. Light refreshments will be served. Bring a flashlight if desired. Wear sturdy shoes with good support as the trail surface can be uneven with roots and rocks. Long pants and bug repellent are also recommended.

A suggested $5 donation per car will help the Arboretum Society support programs of the UT Arboretum.

The hike will be cancelled in the event of rain or very cloudy skies. Check the Arboretum Society Facebook page for a cancellation notice, which will be posted by 5:30 p.m. 

The 250-acre UT Arboretum is a project of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center. The UT Arboretum generally hosts more than 30,000 visitors annually and features more than 800 native and exotic woody plant species, varieties and cultivars. Its system of walking trails crisscross the property allowing for visitors to enjoy both short walks and longer hikes. For more information about the UT Arboretum visit the website

The Moonlight Walk is one of many activities offered by the UT Arboretum Society, which is celebrating 51 years of service in 2016. The program is co-sponsored by the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, which is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system.

Through its mission of research, teaching and service, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



Kevin Hoyt, UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, 865-483-3571,

Melanie Staten, UT Arboretum Society, 865-776-8227