This winter, the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is hosting Night at the Arboretum events with telescopes from the Astronomical Society of Kansas City to enjoy the evening sky and moon phases.
The first event will feature the January full moon as it returns this week on Thursday, January 25.
The January full moon is often called the Wolf Moon because wolves are more likely to be heard howling this time of year.
“Howling and other wolf vocalizations are heard in the wintertime to locate pack members, reinforce social bonds, define territory, and coordinate hunting,” the Farmers Almanac said.
On January 25, the arboretum event will feature family-friendly activities starting at 6 PM, including Operation Wildlife who will showcase fascinating animals.
The event is open to stargazers of all ages and the arboretum will close at 9 PM.
Additional Night at the Arboretum events are scheduled for February 9 and March 20.
Admission is $5 for ages 18+, $2 for ages 6-17, and free for children ages 5 and under.