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Summer 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


Third Thursday Lecture Series: Loons – Wild and Wonder…filled

May 18, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Sandy Gillum, a retired DNR ecologist and author, will share her research completed in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Gillum studied habitats of migratory birds, with special emphasis on the ecology of the Common Loon, Gavia immer. This power point accompanied program will leave you in awe of this magnificent bellwether species. 

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

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Native Plant Sale  and Indoor Presentation on Moths: The Unknown Pollinators

May 20, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Stock up on an assortment of native Wisconsin wildflowers during a plant sale at Mosquito Hill Nature Center on Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. An assortment of two- and three-year old, mostly sun-loving species, are being provided by Prairie Future Seed Company, Menomonee Falls. This is your opportunity to stock up on native plants that will enhance your garden while providing nectar and pollen for bees, and preferred caterpillar host plants for butterflies and moths.

In addition, Prairie Future owner Randy Powers will present a one-hour program, Moths: The Unknown Pollinators, beginning at 10:00 AM. With 3500 species of moths in Wisconsin alone, their impact as important pollinators, as well as a food source for other animals, cannot be overlooked. Randy’s program will focus on the most common species of day-flying moths, their habitats, plant uses and predators.

The cost of the presentation is $6/person or $4/students, seniors and FOMH.

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G3 Returns—Summer Learning for all Generations

Join us on Tuesday mornings for a one-hour program for children and their parents or grandparents. A different topic will be introduced each week and include outdoor exploration and resources to help continue the fun and learning at home. Programs are suitable for all ages and you may sign up for one or many. Hint: enjoy a picnic lunch when you’re finished!

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Save Your Ash Trees: An EAB Workshop for Urban and Woodlot Owners
Saturday, June 3,  9:30 AM-3:30 PM

Learn about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) through indoor presentations and outdoor field trips. Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, will cover EAB basics, how to contract tree removals, great ideas for using the wood, and more. 

Registration is just $15 per person and includes lunch. Complete agenda and registration information available at 715-343-6215 or online at www.goldensandsrcd.org
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Yoga $5 Tuesdays
June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Bring a yoga mat, water and any props you normally use (blocks or straps) and meet us at the center for a gentle, 1-hour vinyasa yoga class taught by certified yoga instructor Jess Miller. When conditions are favorable, we’ll practice outside (with an indoor back-up plan). Beginners welcome!

Cost: $5/person
Advance registration appreciated but walk-ins welcome.

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G3—Nature Yoga for Families
Tuesday, June 13, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Yoga is a wonderful practice that helps develop flexibility and strength and is available to every single body. Many yoga poses are designed with nature in mind such crow pose, mountain pose, tree pose and more! Take a brief hike outdoors and then practice a few nature-inspired yoga poses with certified yoga instructor Jess Miller.

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

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Memory Cafe'

Wednesday, June 14 1:30-3:00 PM

We'll be right in the middle of bursts of color with summer upon us. What is your favorite flower? Do you have special memories of flowers when you grew up? Guess the flower will be a fun way to challenge our brains, and be sure to bring your green thumbs and we'll get a little dirty by planting flowers to take home. If we're lucky, we can be outside and take in the fresh air of the nature center!

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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Leave No Family Inside: Going Batty!

Friday, June 16, 8:00 – 9:30 PM

Bats get a bad rap. What many people assume is a rabies-infested nuisance is actually a beneficial insect-eating machine. Unfortunately, this incredible mammal is being affected by a life threatening illness called White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) and populations are in sharp decline. You will learn about Wisconsin’s bat species during an indoor presentation and then a hike outside to hear live bats in action. A hand-held bat detector will be used to record their echolocation signals to determine each species of bat present.

Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due June 10
This event has been cancelled due to low registration.
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G3—Beautiful Birds
Tuesday, June 20, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

We’ll bust out the binoculars and check out the colorful world of birds at Mosquito Hill. From tiny hummingbirds to great blue herons, from the brightly colored orioles to the subtle hues of the house wren, we’ve got ‘em all.

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

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Public Bat Monitoring
Mondays, June 26, July 24 and August 21
One-half hour after sunset

To assist the DNR with bat research, we will monitor the nature center property for bat presence throughout the summer. We’ll follow a pre-planned route around the property recording bat calls and location with an Anabat detector. Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants/sleeves. Insect repellent is prohibited as it can damage the equipment. Starting times, updates or cancellations will be posted each Monday of monitoring on our Facebook page.

No Charge

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G3—History of the Hill
Tuesday, June 27, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Have you ever wondered how Mosquito Hill got its name or more about the ski jump? If so, join naturalist Mike Hibbard for a fun and informative hike up to the top of the hill and learn some of the legends and history of our property.

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

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G3—The Buzz about Bees
Tuesday July 11, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Once you know more about these yellow and tan insects and their complex social life, you can start to appreciate them for the gentle creatures they are. We’ll explore the indoor honeybee hive and visit the outdoor observation hives in a safe manner so everyone can gain a better understanding of these winged wonders.

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

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Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, July 12  1:30-3:00 PM

Café volunteer Jenny will give a presentation on her volunteer work with animal shelters, rescues, and transports.  You’ll learn how and why animals come into shelters and rescues and the process involved in finding them the perfect “furever” homes.  Common misconceptions about shelter animals will be dispelled and there may be some special guests in attendance (woof!).

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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Leave No Family Inside: Investigating Insects

Sunday, July 16, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

There are millions of insects on Earth and MHNC is home to several thousand species. Join naturalist Jess Miller on a journey through different nature center habitats in search of some really cool insects. Each family receives a bug-themed souvenir.

Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due July 10

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G3—Big Owl, Little Owl

Tuesday, July 18, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Owls are very unique birds with several interesting adaptations. Regardless of size, these birds are amazing predators, capturing and eating many different types of food. Meet two live owls, one large and one small, and learn about their differences. We’ll also examine what they eat and just how much they can consume at once.

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

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G3—Animal Signs
Tuesday, July 25, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

When hiking the trails we often see wildlife, but many times we must figure out what kind of animals live in an area by the signs they leave behind. Join naturalist Mike Hibbard for a hike in search of clues animals have left behind. Wear your detective hat as we try to figure out who left various clues.

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

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G3—The Prairie Comes Alive!
Tuesday, August 1, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Leave the trails behind and take a walk into our 13-acre prairie planting. Venture past 8-foot tall big blue stem grass and compass plants. To experience the prairie is the start of enjoying and understanding the plants, animals and insects that call this habitat home. Life in the prairie is fascinating!

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

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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! Visit www.stridemultisport.com and click on “Events” for more information.

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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. Our trails will be closed 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

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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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