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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

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

Every fall, millions of monarchs make their way to central Mexico for the winter. Every fall, hundreds of thousands of tags are placed on monarchs to help scientists answer questions about their migratory behavior. Learn the basics of one of the coolest phenomena on Earth: monarch migration. Participants will assist with tagging, testing and releasing monarchs collected from the wild and those raised in our butterfly lab.

$6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due August 19.
This class is full


Storytime at Mosquito Hill Nature Center

Saturday, August 27, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us at Mosquito Hill Nature Center as Linda Vander Heyden shares her debut picture book, Mr. McGinty's Monarchs:

"While walking one day, Mr. McGinty and his dog Sophie discover that all the
milkweed in town has been mowed down! Mr. McGinty knows monarch caterpillars
need milkweed to survive.The caterpillars are in danger! He and Sophie must rescue
them, but how? Why, with the help of local school kids, of course!"

With themes of friendship, environmentalism and teamwork, Mr. McGinty's Monarchs is sure to find a place among your favorites! Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information about Linda and Mr. McGinty's Monarchs, please visit her website: (Upcoming Events)


Fall Bird Hike
Saturday, September 3, 7:30 – 10:00 AM

Take an early morning walk with us as we catch a glimpse of our favorite summer birds before they take off for their winter homes. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Nature center staff and expert birding volunteers lead these hikes and are great resources for those new to bird watching.

No charge


Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, September 14, 1:30-3:00PM

What's the buzz? The bees are busy in the warm days of fall, and we'll have a chance to learn all about them from a local beekeeper. Our indoor and outdoor hives provide a close-up view of all the happenings. Join us as we laugh, learn, and taste some honey-sweets!

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.


Third Thursday Lecture Series: Australia—There are Some Things That Don't Want to Kill You
September 15, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Our speaker, Stuart Malcolm is President of the Northeast Wisconsin Birding Club and self-described world birder. He has visited Australia, affectionately known as the land “down under,” a number of times. His presentation will feature some of the landscapes and wildlife from across the country.

$6/adults, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due September 10.


Under the Full Moon Walk
Friday, September 16, 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Join naturalist Mike Hibbard for a guided hike by the full moon. The night will begin in the interpretive building for a short indoor program followed by a moonlit walk. Feel free to bring a flashlight, but be prepared to keep it off. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather. We hope to see you under the full moon!

$6/adults, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due September 12.


Honey Sunday
Sunday, September 18, 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 including: Beginning Beekeeping and Problems for Pollinators. Meet the Wisconsin Honey Queen 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.



14th Annual Harvest Moon Festival

Saturday, October 8, 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 the 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.

No reservations necessary.


Astronomy Evening: All About Uranus
Saturday October 15, 7:00 -9:00 PM

Join Ken Fix, NASA ambassador, for an informative look at this ringed planet. With Uranus “breaking all the rules,” this planet is a floating ball of contradiction.  After the indoor program participants will head outside for stargazing, weather permitting.

$6/adults, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due October 10.


Interested in giving back to your community? FOMH Needs You!

On October 19, members of the Friends of Mosquito Hill board of directors will be holding an organizing meeting to form a Capital Campaign subcommittee. Learn about the campaign and consider joining the subcommittee. All skills, abilities and commitments are welcome; we can find a role for everyone.

Join us for snacks and beverages at 6:00 PM. A presentation will follow and should conclude by 8:00 PM. Please contact us for more details.


Third Thursday Lecture Series: Ding’s Darling
October 20, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Tim Eisele is an outdoor writer and photographer from Madison. His presentation is the result of his research on conservationist Ding Darling and provides interesting details about the Federal Duck Stamp contest and helps to bring the passion of Ding Darling to life.

$6/person, $4/students, seniors & FOMH
Registration and payment due October 14.


Weave Your Own Berry-picking Basket
Sunday, October 23, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM

This reed basket with a long, leather shoulder strap is very versatile! Use it to pick berries or hang it on your door to hold hats, mittens or mail. Accent this basket with your choice of many dyed reed colors. No prior weaving experience is necessary. Participants will be walked through the process by instructor Jeni Mursau from Woven Blessings Basketry.

Upon completion, students may select from 4 stain colors to add the finishing touches. Staining will be an additional $5 charge, payable to the instructor. Ceramic tie-on embellishments will also be available the day of class for an additional cost.

Registration and payment due October 14.


Basket Weaving Workshop
Sunday, November 13, 12:30 – 4:30 PM

Tired of finding a facial tissue box that matches your décor? Attend this workshop and accent this woven tissue box cover to coordinate with your room. No prior weaving experience necessary. Participants will be walked through the process by instructor Jeni Mursau from Woven Blessings Basketry, LLC.

Upon completion, students may select from 4 stain colors to add the finishing touches. Staining will be an additional $5 charge payable to the instructor. Ceramic tie-on embellishments will also be available the day of class for an additional cost.

Registration and payment due November 4.


Homemade for the Holidays
Saturday, November 26, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Based on the popularity of our holiday gift-making workshop for children, we thought it would be fun to offer one for adults. We’ll provide all the materials; you assemble and embellish 3 gifts to give to family, friends or party hosts. Contact us for more details.

$20/person, $17/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due November 18.


Crazy for Candles
Sunday, November 27, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Prepare for winter and the holidays by creating a variety of candle holders. These versatile designs can be used as table centerpieces, accent pieces or table favors. Materials such as mason jars, reclaimed wood, evergreen boughs and other embellishments will be incorporated to create finished pieces to brighten up the darkest nights.

$18/person, $15/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due November 18.


Holiday Make & Take
Saturday, December 10, 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 8 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.

Registration and payment due November 30.


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


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