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Winter 2017/2018

Cancellation Policy - Unfortunately, Mosquito Hill Nature Center is not immune from the current economic challenges. Therefore, we find it necessary to adhere fully to the following policy: MHNC staff reserves the right to cancel a program if minimum enrollment has not been met by the registration deadline. We ask you to preregister for programs because of the need to purchase supplies in advance. If we need to cancel a program, your payment will be refunded in full. If you need to cancel, please notify us at least 48 hours before the class. If we are able to fill your spot, you will be refunded in full; if not, we will refund 50% of your fee. If you cancel less than 48 hours before the class, your entire registration fee will be forfeited. Please help us ensure the success of our programs by registering and paying before the deadline. Thank you for your understanding.

For more information or to register for a program, please email us or call the center at  (920) 779-6433.


The Calendar


Third Thursday Lecture Series: Northern Ecuador—A Travelogue
November 16, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Anyone that knows naturalist Jessica Miller is familiar with her love of nature and passion for travel. So it should come as no surprise that when asked to join a "birding tour" in Ecuador not to see just birds, but all kinds of wildlife, she jumped at the chance. Starting in the capital of Quito and ending the two-week journey in the Yasuni National Park (Amazon Rain Forest), Jessica will introduce you to Ecuador's history, culture, and the sights and sounds of the northern highlands and lowlands of Ecuador.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors & FOMH
Registration and payment due November 10.


Burlap Wreath-Making Class
Saturday, November 25, 9:00 AM – 12 noon

Add to the beauty of your home by making a burlap wreath. This wreath’s neutral color will give your home a lovely rustic touch and can be embellished and brightened with your favorite flowers and accessories such as branches, vines, berries, or silk flowers.

Cost: $45/person
Registration and payment due November 16.


Rustic Twig Ornaments
Sunday, November 26, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Twigs, feathers, burlap, fibers and more will be used to craft a selection of rustic ornaments that will look great on your tree but also jazz up your home long after the holidays.

Cost: $20/person
Registration and payment due November 16.


Leave No Family Inside: Basic Outdoor Winter Survival
Saturday, December 2, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Winters in Wisconsin can be ever-changing; 30 degrees one minute and 30 below the next. That’s why being properly prepared for outdoor adventures is important. In this class, you’ll learn ways to stay warm outside, including fire starting and shelter building. We’ll also discuss a variety of animal adaptations that allow them to survive Wisconsin’s winters.

Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due November 24.


Holiday Make & Take

Saturday, December 9, 9:00 – 11:00 AM or 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

You won’t want your kids to miss this one! They’ll make eight unique gifts and wrap them with the assistance of our volunteer team. Voila! Your children’s holiday shopping is done. This event is most appropriate for 4 – 12 year olds. No one younger than 4 years, please.

Cost: $15/child
Registration and payment due November 30.


Memory Cafe'

Wednesday, December 13, 1:30-3:00 PM

It’s the season for music and memories! We will play the chimes and bells as we share holiday tunes. Feel free to bring and share your favorite treat and we will be sure to bring ours too. We will create a special gift for you to keep or to give to a special person in your life. We hope to see you and share some time together.

Memory Cafe's are a social gathering place for persons with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s, or other dementia and their family and friends. Cafe's meet once a month at the nature center to visit, share common interests, and enjoy refreshments. Each monthly cafe is unique and offers a program or activity that’s stimulating and fun.

No cost

Snowshoe Trails Open and Rentals Available (When Snow Conditions Allow)
Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Take in the quiet beauty of our lowland forest or an invigorating hike to the top of Mosquito Hill! We have snowshoes to fit just about everyone from ages 4 and older. Call ahead to check on trail conditions and availability, (920) 779-6433. Advance reservations for groups of 10 or more are recommended.

Snowshoe Rental: $3.50/adults, $2.50/students & seniors; FOMH: no charge
Trail Use: no charge


Take a Walk on the Dark Side
Saturday, January 6, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

So many people use our trails during the day, but things look and feel different after sunset. Experience the dark side of Mosquito Hill with an after-dark walk with naturalist Steve Petznick. Steve will share basic astronomy skills for locating constellations and wandering stars. He’ll discuss nocturnal wildlife while you listen for owls. Light refreshments will follow.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due January 3.


Torchlight Snowshoe Walks
Saturdays, January 13 & February 3, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Enjoy this self-led tiki torch-lit excursion on groomed snowshoe trails. Hot beverages will be served and all snowshoe equipment is provided. A $2 discount is available to participants who bring their own snowshoes.

Cost: $8/adults, $6/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due one week prior to each event.


Third Thursday Lecture Series: Ground Hogs, Woodchucks and Whistle Pigs, Oh My!
January 18, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Just in time for Groundhog Day, learn about the life and times of this subterranean mammal from naturalist Steve Petznick. Behaviors and adaptations of other ground dwellers, whose lives are not well-known, will also be addressed.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Advance reservations appreciated but walk-ins also welcome.


30th Annual Mosquito Hill Snowshoe Race
Saturday, January 20
Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Race times are staggered throughout the morning.

The 1-mile, 3-mile and 5-mile loops are located in our lowland forest. Courses are groomed and fairly flat, with the 3-mile and 5-mile course skirting the Wolf River and Oxbow Ponds. The 800-meter kids’ race is a fairly flat, groomed trail near the lowland forest and tall grass prairie. Race fees include a long-sleeved t-shirt, refreshments, a chili lunch, Mosquito Hill goodie bag, prizes to top finishers and admission to Winter Family Fun Day.

Race fees: $25 for the 1, 3 and 5-mile races, $15 for the 800-meter kids’ race. Race day fees increase by $5. Entry fees are non-refundable. See for registration forms.


Winter Family Fun Day
Saturday, January 20, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Join us for some family-friendly activities at our annual fun day in the snow. Participate in the exciting Family Olympics games for fun and prizes. Play a round of human foosball. Young children will enjoy sliding down the otter slide and making a winter craft and everyone will like the leisurely snowshoe walk. Warm yourself by the campfire and roast some marshmallows. Hot food and beverages will be for sale. The cost is $10 per car and includes snowshoe rental. Watch our web site for details.


Wolf Cub Workshop – Paws on the Path
Saturday, January 27, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Director Mike Hibbard will teach Wolf Cubs how to prepare for a hike and how to respect the land by understanding Leave No Trace Principles and the Outdoor Code. Take a one-mile hike or snowshoe hike and learn about the plants and animals that live here. Finish up with a campfire and s’mores! Space is limited.

Cost: $8/scout
Registration and payment due January 13.


Yin Yoga
Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Yin yoga consists of a series of poses that work the connective tissues in the lower part of the body. These passive poses are held for up to five minutes with the aid of straps, blocks, bolsters and other yoga props. This is a slow-paced class appropriate for those with the ability to move through seated, standing, kneeling and reclined positions. The instructor is naturalist Jessica Miller, who is a certified yoga instructor.

Cost: $25/4-week class or $8/session
Pay in advance or walk-ins welcome.


Weave an Adirondack Basket
Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Weave your own basket of the Adirondack Mountains: a pack traditionally used for wilderness hunting, fishing and trapping. All materials, including cotton straps, and instruction are provided by Jeni Mursau, Woven Blessings Basketry. A selection of stains may be purchased to stain on your own.

Cost: $155/person
Registration and payment due February 1.


An Evening for Sweethearts

Wednesday, February 14, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart. After a snowshoe walk lighted by tiki torches, enjoy a wine & cheese reception.

Cost: $50/couple
Registration and payment due February 7.


Restorative Yoga

Saturday, February 24, 10:30 AM – 12 Noon

Restorative yoga is a therapeutic practice that allows for relief of tension and stress. Postures are practiced on the floor with the support of props such as bolsters, blankets and blocks and are held anywhere from 2 to 15 minutes. Experience gentle stretching and strengthening of the body. Leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. The instructor is naturalist Jessica Miller, who is a certified yoga instructor.

Cost: $15/person
Registration and payment due February 16.


Bear Cub Workshop – Fur, Feathers and Fins
Saturday, February 24, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

From tracks and scat to nests and burrows, signs of animals are all around. Take a one-mile hike with director Mike Hibbard while searching for evidence. Learn about protecting habitat as well as endangered and extinct animals. Enjoy a campfire and s’mores after the hike. Space is limited.

Cost: $8/scout
Registration and payment due February 10.


Elk and Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado

Sunday, February 25, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Steve and Kim Jordan, New London, will share their experiences hunting in Colorado, including how to choose an outfitter if you decide not to hunt on your own. Points to consider are the type of hunting you want to do (archery, black powder or rifle), whether you want to travel by horseback or not, how to get your tags (most areas of Colorado have plentiful tags) and finding a reputable outfitter. A week in the mountains is an amazing experience.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due February 16.


Build Your Own Cedar Leopold-Inspired Chair

Saturday, March 3, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Build a comfortable, cedar, outdoor chair inspired by the popular Aldo Leopold benches that are used at MHNC. Materials will be pre-cut and ready to assemble with assistance from instructor, Mosquito Hill director Mike Hibbard. The chairs will last outdoors for years with no upkeep necessary, weathering gracefully as the years roll on.
Cost: $75/chair, $150/pair; $70/$140 for students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due February 19.


Central Wisconsin Kestrel Research & Nest Box Construction
Saturday, March 10, 1:00 – 3:30 PM

Learn about one of the longest running kestrel nest box studies in the U.S. Our presenter, Amber Eschenbauch, will discuss kestrel ecology, explain the equipment used and share her team’s findings about kestrel populations in the Buena Vista Grassland in central Wisconsin. Amber is a 2004 graduate of UWSP in biology and captive wildlife and is a licensed bird bander. Afterwards, take part in an optional workshop to assemble your own kestrel nest box.

Cost: Presentation: $6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Nest box construction: $40/box
Registration and payment due March 1.


Weave a North Carolina Farm Basket

Sunday, March 11, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

This versatile basket has a woven solid base with fillers and includes leather straps. The base is 10” x 10” square and the completed basket will be approximately 9 ½” high with a top diameter of 14 ½”. Optional staining is available for an additional $5 payable on the day of class.

Cost: $45/person
Registration and payment due March 1.


Move! (Spring)

Wednesdays, March 21 – April 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

On average, people spend only 4% of their day actively moving. Because of too much time sitting, our bodies become stiff and don’t allow for full range of motion in our muscles and joints even when we are moving. Naturalist Jessica Miller will introduce you to many simple forms of movement: basic stretching and alignment exercises, walking, climbing, hanging, jumping, balancing and more. This is not a “workout” class, rather a “restoration of movement” class for people of any age and of any fitness/mobility level who would like to increase stamina, balance and strength.

Cost: $50/6-class or $10/session
Registration and payment due March 14.


Tiger Cub Workshop – Tigers in the Wild
Saturday, March 24, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

What do you need to survive in the wild? Learn about the six essential items every Tiger Scout needs to make it in the wilderness from director Mike Hibbard. Take a short hike to view plants and animals and end the hike with a campfire and s’mores! Space is limited.

Cost: $8/scout
Registration and payment due March 10.


Annual Midwest Crane Count Training Session
Sunday, March 25, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Be a part of the Midwest Sandhill Crane Count taking place on Saturday, April 14. Anyone interested in participating in the count must attend this training session. We will review an instructional video, learn about crane biology, receive site assignments and learn how to enter data into an online database. Sign-up for both Outagamie and Waupaca County sites will be held at this time.

Please call to RSVP.


For more information or to register for a program, please email us or call the center at (920) 779-6433.



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