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Fall 2017

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


Endurance Run
August 5 & 6

A trail run highlighting our property in its August splendor will be held the weekend of August 5 & 6. Participants will complete 5 kilometer loops (to the top of Mosquito Hill) and may choose one of four races: 10 km, 25 km, 50 km or for you who really, really love running, a 24-hour run will be held this year!
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G3—Into the Woods
Tuesday, August 8, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

What better place to be in the middle of summer than in the cool, green forest. Take a walk on Mosquito Hill with naturalist Mary Swifka and see what’s happening in the woods. We’ll look for birds in the trees, deer in the shrubs and all sorts of little things in the soil. The forest is a busy place!

Cost: $3/adults, $2/youth
Advance registration appreciated but walk-ins also welcome

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Memory Cafe'

Wednesday, August 9  1:30-3:00 PM

“The Beat Goes On” at Mosquito Hill! Join us as we use percussion instruments to make in-the-moment music. Everyone participates and no need to be musically inclined! Each person participating will bring their unique contribution to the group song. We'll enjoy our natural surroundings, come and enjoy the afternoon with us.

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. 

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Nature Center Gets Muddy (Warrior Princess Mud Run)

Saturday, August 19

We’re sorry but our trails and Rogers Road will be closed to traffic on August 19, as 2000 runners get “muddy for a mission.” www.warriorprincessmudrun.org

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Leave No Family Inside: Monarch Tagging for Beginners
Sunday, August 27, 12:30 – 3:00 PM

Each year, millions of monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains make their way to central Mexico for the winter. Every fall, hundreds of thousands of tags are placed on migrating monarchs to help scientists answer questions about their migratory pattern. Learn the basics of one of the coolest phenomena on Earth: monarch migration. Participants will assist with tagging, testing and releasing a monarch.

Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due August 18
THIS PROGRAM IS FULL.

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Yoga Basics I
Tuesdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Are you new to yoga? These classes are for the true beginner or someone that wants a slower, gentler practice. We will focus on proper alignment and breathing techniques and use props like straps, blocks and the wall to help ease into and hold poses. Open to everyone with the ability to move through seated, standing, kneeling and reclined positions. 

Cost: $25 for all 4 classes or $8/class
Advance registration appreciated, but walk-ins also welcome.
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Leave No Family Inside: Wonderful Wetlands
Saturday, September 9, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Wetlands definition: A low area, such as a marsh or swamp, that is saturated with water. Upon closer examination however, we can see that wetlands are wonderful! Naturalist Jessica Miller will guide you through one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. Learn about aquatic insects up close and personal, how trees and plants survive floodwaters and just why wetlands are so very important to the wildlife that use them.

Cost: $6/adult, $10/household
Registration and payment due September 6.
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION
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Memory Cafe'

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

An apple a day....does all kinds of great things for us! We will be learning about this fruit and all that is involved in growing it. AND no one will leave hungry as we will all pitch in to make a delicious apple treat! Fall at the nature center is a very special time. Join us here for an afternoon of relaxation, laughter, music, and friends.

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.

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Can I or Can’t I?
Saturday, September 16, 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Learn the basics of home food preservation from Karen Dickrell, UW-Extension Family Living Educator. Karen’s presentation will focus on canning and drying foods safely. Equipment will be on display, written resources will be available and we’ll share some apple recipes.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due September 8.

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Honey Sunday
Sunday, September 17, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Come and help us celebrate the honeybee and the gentle art of beekeeping during this annual event co-sponsored with the Waupaca County Beekeepers’ Association. Watch honey being extracted from the hive, beeswax candle dipping and a cooking demonstration. Take in some short informational sessions, visit the kids’ craft area and, of course, don’t miss out on our delicious honey-baked goods and honey sundaes. Bring your family and friends out for some sweet sensations.

Cost: $10/car

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Third Thursday Lecture Series: History of the Hill

September 21, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Director, Mike Hibbard, will discuss interesting geologic features of Mosquito Hill as well as some fascinating events that have taken place on the hill over the years.
Cost: $6/adults, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due September 15.
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Basket Weaving Class
Sunday, October 1, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Weave this fall-themed basket in deep orange-dyed reed to accent your autumn home decorating. Undyed reed is also available if you prefer a natural look. A raffia bow and D-shaped flat handle are included. The completed basket measures approximately 9” in diameter at the top and 12” at the base. Students may select from six stain colors for the reed and/or handle. Staining is an additional $5 charge payable to instructor Jeni Mursau, Woven Blessings Basketry. No prior weaving experience is necessary.

Cost: $50/person
Registration and payment due September 20.

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Leave No Family Inside: Trees are Terrific
Saturday, October 7, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

No matter what the weather holds, trees remain resilient year-round and that’s good for the wildlife that depend on them for survival. We’ll learn about some of Wisconsin’s native trees through activities, crafts and investigation. We may even eat a thing or two made from trees! Each participant will receive their own tree cookie to decorate.

Cost: $6/adult, $10/household
Registration and payment due by September 29.

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Yoga Basics II
Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24, 31, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Are you new to yoga? These classes are for the true beginner or someone that wants a slower, gentler practice. We will focus on proper alignment and breathing techniques and use props like straps, blocks and the wall to help ease into and hold poses. Open to everyone with the ability to move through seated, standing, kneeling and reclined positions.

Cost: $25 for all 4 classes or $8/class
Advance registration appreciated, but walk-ins also welcome.

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Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, October 11, 1:30-3:00 PM

The fall colors will be vibrant as you arrive at the Hill! Let's preserve some of the beauty as we make leaf stamped and pressed greeting cards. We'll also learn why the leaves change colors and have a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of conversation and creativity!

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.
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15th Annual Harvest Moon Festival
Saturday, October 14, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

Don’t miss the family event of the season! As the full moon rises behind Mosquito Hill, jack-o-lanterns will smile, hayride wagons will be filled with fresh straw and our center will be visited by live critters. The evening will be filled with stargazing through telescopes, hayrides, the Great Pumpkin Walk, learning sessions, games and much more. Snacks and beverages will be for sale.

Cost: $10/car
No reservations necessary.

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Third Thursday Lecture Series: Title TBD
October 19, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Description TBD

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors & FOMH
Registration and payment due October 13.

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Basket Weaving Workshop
Sunday, October 29, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Weave your own basket vase with instructor Jeni Mursau from Woven Blessings Basketry. This piece will decorate a front entrance, fireplace hearth or living room and is designed to sit on the floor. The basket measures approximately 12” L x 3” W x 18” H and includes a wooden racetrack bottom. Leather side straps are optional. Upon completion, students may select from 6 stain colors, also optional. Staining will be an additional $8 charge payable to instructor Jeni Mursau, Woven Blessings Basketry. No prior weaving experience is necessary.

Cost: $60/person
Registration and payment due October 18.

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Weave Your Own Holiday Ornaments
Saturday, November 4 or 11, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Prepare for the holidays by weaving three tree ornaments with various colors of reed. Jeni Mursau from Woven Blessings Basketry will provide all the materials and instruction to help you create a woven snowman, reindeer and 3-D heart. No experience is necessary.

Cost: $25/person
Registration and payment due October 27.

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Leave No Family Inside: Basics of Astronomy
Saturday, November 11, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Families will have fun and learn some of the basics of astronomy-related events. Topics include moon phases, seasonal changes, explanation of measurements and other interesting facts all during this hands-on overview of the world of astronomy. This program best suited for families with children ages 10 and older.

Cost: $6/adult, $10/household
Registration and payment due by November 3.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

 

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