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Sugar Bush Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

Sugar Bush Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Tuesday, March 7, 202


Sugar Bush Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Gather at the park entrance, 7pm

Park on the Hwy 55 access road


Winter vs. Spring, March is the month where the weather gods battle. Cold nights and warm days get sweet sap running out of tapped maple trees at Sugar Bush camps. Lucky us, there is plenty of snow-melt for thirsty trees after two dry years. Mud is another March theme as the ground thaws.


In some parts of the country March is called the Worm Moon for emerging earthworms. But not in Minnesota where all our earthworms were scraped down to Missouri by the last glacier. Earthworms existing here now are the result of fisher-people dumping their bait. Those earthworms are problematic for our indigenous trees because they consume the duff (decaying leaves and branches on the forest floor) faster than our trees evolved absorb the nutrients.


Friends of Coldwater are grateful that the spring still flows although down from 144,000 gallons per day before the Highway 55 reroute in the 1990s to about 66,000 gpd. Water is what climate change is all about: floods, droughts, warming oceans and devastating storms.


Coldwater is an acknowledged Dakota sacred site. Friends of Coldwater seek to honor our 11,000-year-old landscape ancestor. We return and return to remember the spirits that feed this Indigenous sacred site.

Full moon walks have been celebrated at Coldwater Springs each month since 2000. Traditional group howl when the moon peeks out.


Sunset 6:08 pm (41-minutes later than last full moon) The light is growing!

Moonrise 6:26 pm (1-hour, 7-minutes later than last month)

Moment of the full moon: 6:40 am


DIRECTIONS: Coldwater Springs is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right, & drive all the way down the frontage road where you can park at the pay meters.

Gather at the cul-de-sac, which is the Coldwater Park entrance.

Free. All welcome.

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