View the April full moon at Reid State Park

Posted April 02, 2012, at 2:37 p.m.
Pat Wellenbach | AP

It goes by many names.

April’s full moon is sometimes referred to as the “pink moon,” because of the herb, moss pink, a ground phlox relative that blooms in spectacular fashion at this time of year in some regions. It’s also called the “sprouting grass moon,” and the “fish moon” among native coastal tribes, as April is the time when shad swim upstream to spawn.

For the Friday, April 6 full moon, Reid State Park Manager Samantha Wilkinson is extending its normal operating hours as a special treat for those who would like to view one of nature’s most beloved shows from one of its most unparalleled viewing arenas.

Those interested in attending this celebration of spring (weather permitting), should plan on arriving by 7 p.m., as the moon is scheduled to rise at 7:30 p.m. Night time activity will be limited to Griffith Head and Mile Beach only, and regular admission fees will apply. The park will close promptly at 9 p.m.

Pet owners should remember that the nesting season for the endangered piping plover is under way, so dogs are no longer allowed on park beaches. They are welcome to view the moonrise from other areas of the park, provided they are leashed at all times.

Also, don’t forget to bring a camera.

For more information and up-to-date weather conditions, call Reid State Park at 371-2303.

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