As the days get shorter, we prepare for the official start of winter, marked by the upcoming December Solstice, which will officially occur at about 11:28 AM ET on December 21, 2017.
The term solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium, meaning ‘the Sun stands still’. This is because on this day, the Sun reaches its southern-most position as seen from the Earth. The Sun seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn and then reverses its direction. It’s also common to call it the day the Sun turns around.
Instead of hunkering down and bemoaning the longest night of the year, celebrate at the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope with a stroll led by Education Coordinator Kelly Joslin on Thursday, December 21st at 10 AM.
Celebrate the joys of winter with a walk on the Preserve trails at a time when the sun is lowest in the sky. Then head to the Visitor Center for hot drinks and cookies. Children ages 8 and up are welcome.
The cost to participate is $5 for member and $7 for non members.