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Summer 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

Saturday Morning Bird Walks
May 5, 12, 19, 7:00 – 10:00 AM

Join us for any or all of these Saturday morning walks. All skill levels are welcome. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair of ours), field guides and waterproof boots.

No charge


Yin Yoga
Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22, & 29, 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, a certified yoga instructor.

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


Container Gardening Workshop
Saturday, May 12, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Lu Visocky from the Enchanted Florist, Hortonville, will show you how to design and plant a lovely container garden of annuals. All materials are provided. Plant one for yourself, or one for mom for her special day.

Cost: $35/person
Registration and payment due May 4.


Wolf Cub Workshop – Finding Your Way
Saturday, May 19, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Learning to read and use a map and a compass is a valuable skill. In this adventure, scouts will receive an introduction to maps, symbols and the cardinal directions of north, south, east, and west. They will also learn the basic functions of a compass. Space is limited.

Cost: $8/scout
Registration and payment due May 4.

Restorative Yoga
Sunday, May 20  1:00-2:30 PM

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 10 minutes. Experience gentle stretching and strengthening of the body. Leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to gather the necessary props and prepare your space. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Cost: $15
Registration and payment due May 13.


Visit us at Plamann Park Kids’ Day!
Saturday, June 2, 8:00 AM – 12 noon

Enjoy a day filled with fun! Nature center staff and volunteers will be hosting an event at this fundraiser in support of new community play structures in Plamann Park. Activities include a 5K trail race at 8 AM, kayaking on Plamann Lake, karate sessions, 4-H games, visits to the Children's Farm, face painting and much more!
Animal Detectives
Saturday, June 9, 9:00 – 10:30 AM

When hiking the trails we often see wildlife. Other times we must figure out what kind of animals live in an area by the signs they leave behind. Put on your detective hat and join naturalist Mary Swifka for a walk in search of wildlife and the evidence they leave behind. This program is best suited for elementary age students but anyone is welcome.

Cost: $6/adults, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment are due ASAP.

Volunteer Recognition & Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 13, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Every year, we make time to publically thank all the volunteers that make this place hum. We’ll gather for social time and cold beverages at 5:00 and enjoy a picnic meal at 6:00. After dinner, a brief update from the Friends of Mosquito Hill board of directors will be followed by a program in honor of all the people we count on to make MHNC a great place to visit.


Big Owl, Little Owl
Sunday, June 17, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Owls are unique birds with several interesting adaptations. Regardless of size, these birds are amazing predators, capable of capturing and eating many different types of food. We’ll meet two live owls, one large and one small, and talk about the differences between them. We’ll also examine what they eat and just how much they can consume.

Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment are due June 10.
Third Thursday Lecture Series: A Day in the Life of a Beekeeper
June 21, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

The topics of honeybees and beekeeping are perennial favorites among MHNC visitors. Our speaker this month is Mike Heideman, a New London beekeeper and current president of the Waupaca County Beekeepers Association. Mike will share information about the remarkable life and behaviors of the honeybee. Discover what the waggle dance is all about, how one larva out of thousands develops into the queen bee, and how much nectar it takes to produce one pound of honey. 
Cost: $6/adults, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Advance registration appreciated but walk-ins welcome too.

The interpretive building and office will be closed on July 4th. Trails and playscape will remain open.
Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, July 11, 1:30-3:00 PM

Let's celebrate summer at the nature center! The Oshkosh Rhythm institute will be here with all their percussion instruments and toys to help us move to the beat of our own drumming! We would like to make this an extra special day and encourage you to invite your children and/or grandchildren to join you for this special time together. If it's good weather, we may be outside, but we'll wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us. Come one, come all, for an afternoon of fun at the Hill.

Memory Cafés are for those experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment, and for family and friends of those affected. It’s a great opportunity for lively discussions, information gathering, refreshments, camaraderie, and lots of creative fun thrown in.

No charge.
The Buzz about Bees
Saturday, July 28, 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Once you know more about honeybees and their complex social life, you can start to appreciate them for the gentle creatures they are. We’ll look inside the indoor honeybee hive and visit the outdoor hives to gain a better understanding of these winged wonders. We’ll also spend time learning about wasps and hornets and how fascinating they are. This program is planned especially for parents and younger children, but anyone is welcome.

Cost: $6/adults, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment are due July 24.


Elk and Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado
Saturday, August 11, 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 August 4.


View the Perseid Meteor Shower
Saturday, August 11, 8:00 PM – midnight

The Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers group (NEWSTAR) will have their eyes on the skies as the Perseid meteor showers make their annual showing. A short indoor presentation will help you understand the phenomena. Then we’ll head outside. Come on out, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and gaze up at the night sky in wonder.

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


Little Birds of Prey
Sunday, August 12, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

When we think of birds of prey, many times our images include bald eagles and great horned owls. While both are fantastic predators and majestic birds, our small raptors are equally as impressive. Despite having small bodies, feet and beaks, little birds of prey are fast fliers and incredible hunters. We’ll introduce you to a few live little birds of prey and discuss their importance in our natural world.

Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment are due August 2.


Environmental Merit Badge Clinic
Saturday, August 25, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Boy Scouts will explore all aspects of the natural environment and learn how to protect our natural resources. This is an intensive workshop and several assignments need to be completed before the clinic. Early registration is strongly recommended. Scouts must be 14 years old by the time of the clinic.

Cost: $25/scout
Registration and payment are due August 1.


Monarch Tagging Workshop
Sunday, August 26, 12:30 – 3:00 PM

Every fall, millions of monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains make their way down to the Transvolcanic Mountains in Central Mexico where they overwinter. And every fall, hundreds of thousands of tags are purchased to place on migrating monarchs to help scientists answer many questions about their migration pattern. Join naturalist Jessica Miller as she explains the basics behind one of the coolest phenomenon on Earth, monarch migration. In addition, each participant will have the opportunity to assist with tagging, testing and releasing a butterfly.

Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment are due August 16.


Coming up in September:
September 16, Vintage Marketplace at the Hill
September 23, Honey Sunday
October 13, Harvest Moon Festival


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



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