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Summer 2016

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


Friends of Mosquito Hill, Inc. Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition
Wednesday, May 18

Watch for your invitation.

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Third Thursday Lecture Series: From Sea to Sky: Traveling the Rhine River and Switzerland

May 19, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Learn about the history, culture and natural beauty of four European countries. Traveling upstream on the historic and scenic Rhine River, this presentation with photographs will introduce you to Amsterdam, located below sea level, Germany, France’s Alsace region and Switzerland, where the Bernese Alps scrape the sky at more than 13,000 feet. Mosquito Hill naturalist Mary Swifka and volunteer naturalist Dean Sauers will share highlights of their 3-week journey including windmills, castle ruins, quaint town squares, vineyards and high-altitude lodging.

$6/person, $4/students, seniors & FOMH
Registration and payment due May 13

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Growing Green
Saturday, May 21, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The 5th Annual Growing Green is a popular event dedicated to achieving a healthier lifestyle for people of all ages. Hourly presentations focus on gardening, healthy eating and healthy living and local vendors sell local or handmade wares including jewelry, plants, natural foods, clothing, artwork and much more. As always, we’ll have our painted rain-barrel raffle and healthy concessions. Raffle tickets are 1/$5, 3/$10 and 10/$20 and can be purchased at Mosquito Hill Nature Center. Winners will be announced at 12:45 PM at Growing Green (Need not be present to win).

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Mars in Opposition
Saturday, May 21, 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Learn about the mythology of the Greek god of war, Ares, and the planetary science of Mars by special guest speaker Ken Fix. The history of past and current missions to the red planet, including what our robotic rovers are up to now, and the potential for terraforming and colonizing Mars will be discussed. Afterwards, weather permitting; telescopes will be used for viewing and possibly photographing Mars.

Watch for special astronomy events taking place this year. Many planets will be in opposition which means they will be closest to Earth, for some, possibly for decades. This will make for great viewing opportunities! Please plan to join us for one or more of these programs.

$6/person, $4/students, seniors & FOMH
Registration and payment due May 13
This class has been cancelled

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Cronus and Saturn

Friday, June 3, 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Our presenter, Ken Fix, will share mythology of the ancient Greek god of time, Cronus, and the science of the planet Saturn with its moons and ring system. Learn about Titan, the only moon in the solar system with an atmosphere, and why a little moon called Enceladus may be the best possible location for us to find extraterrestrial life. We’ll also hear an update on new planetary science from Mars and Pluto.

$6/person, $4/students, seniors & FOMH
Registration and payment due May 27

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Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, June 8, 1:30-3:00PM

We're going to share our special mementos today! Please bring something you treasure from years' past and share the story behind it. It's nice to listen as we reminisce. Roger Phielan, from Water Street Vintage in New London, will share his expertise, stories, and special mementos as well. We hope you can join us as we welcome summer to the nature center.

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.

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G3 (Grandma, Grandpa, Grandchild)

Join us on Tuesday mornings for one or all of these programs for grandparents and their grandkids. A different topic will be introduced and include outdoor exploration, a small item to make 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.

$3/adults, $2/youth
Registration and payment due one week prior.

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G3: What’s Happening Inside a Beehive?
Tuesday, June 14, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Honeybees are amazing insects with an interesting life cycle. We’ll look in the indoor observation hive then visit a honey production hive on the property. New London beekeeper Michael Heideman will guide us through a season of an active beehive. Bee ready to beelieve!

$3/adults, $2/youth

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Third Thursday Lecture Series: Birds of Wisconsin
June 16, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Our speaker is Michael Gray, a 13-year old bird watching phenom from Manawa. He’ll share his photographs of Wisconsin birds and talk about the great variety of species found around the state. Whether they’re common or rare, Michael has amassed an incredible amount of knowledge.

$6/person or $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due June 10.

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Leave No Family Inside: Going Batty!
Saturday, June 18, 8:00 – 9:30 PM

We love bats! Unfortunately, this beneficial insect-eater is being affected by a life threatening illness. Learn about Wisconsin’s bat species in an indoor presentation, then take a walk as we use a hand-held bat detector that will record their echolocation signals and identify each species.

$6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due June 12.

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Public Bat Monitoring
Mondays, June 20, July 18 and August 22
One-half hour after sunset

To assist the DNR with bat research, we will monitor the nature center property for bat presence. 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 on our Facebook page.

No Charge

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G3: Beautiful Birds
Tuesday, June 21, 10:00 – 11:00 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 them all.

$3/adults, $2/youth
Registration and payment due one week prior.

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Invasives – What’s in Your Yard?
Saturday, June 25, 1:00 – 3:00

What’s costing Americans $35 billion annually to control and yet we still can’t stop it? The spread of invasive plants. You may be surprised at the number of invasive plants people unknowingly plant. This program will address aggressive and non-native species that wreak havoc in yards and in natural area and what to do about them.

$6.00/adults, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due June 17.

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G3: Nature’s Recyclers
Tuesday, June 28, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Fungus, mold, creepy crawly things and vultures all get a bad rap but without them the world would be one gross place. Learn more about nature’s recyclers and how they help you. Then go on a short walk to explore the seedier side of the natural world.

$3/adults, $2/youth
Registration and payment due one week prior.

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Leave No Family Inside: Monarch Butterflies
Saturday, July 2, 12:30-3:00 PM

Now more than ever, monarchs need your help. With migrating populations at severely low numbers, we can make a difference in a monarch’s life by doing a few simple things: learn more about them, plant milkweed and nectar producing plants, and raise some monarch larvae. In this class, you learn about all three!

$6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due June 24.

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Let’s Take a Walk: To the Ponds
Sunday, July 3, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

MHNC is home to a variety of habitats, all of which attract different animal and plant species. In this series, we will introduce you to those habitats, the plants and animals that live there and what their significance is to this property. Ponds not only provide a home for fish, turtles, frogs, and ducks, they are necessary for certain types of insects and mammals. We’ll explore the animals not always seen at the ponds and discover a new watery world.

$3/adult, $2/youth
Registration and payment due June 25.

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G3: Dragonflies and Damselflies
Tuesday, July 5, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Dragonflies and damselflies are special insects in that they live both in the water and on land during their life cycle. These hungry predators are the lions and tigers of the insect world, eating lots of insect pests. We’ll explore those habitats, find these amazing bugs and talk about their incredible life.

$3/adults, $2/youth
Registration and payment due one week prior.

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G3: Looking Under Logs
Tuesday, July 12, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Let’s go exploring! It’s amazing what we might find as we turn logs over to investigate the critters live underneath. This hands-on activity might make some people’s skin crawl as we look, hold and study the life that lives under a log. Dress for the weather with sturdy shoes for some off trail enjoyment.

$3/adults, $2/youth
Registration and payment due one week prior.

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Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, July 13th, 1:30-3:00 PM

We will be having an outdoor games and ice cream social afternoon! The kids participating in our Summer Ecology program may join us for the first half hour and share with you what they've learned. Come out and enjoy the outdoors with us as we breathe fresh air, sing, play, eat, and share stories.

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.

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A Look at Wisconsin’s Mosquitoes
Saturday, July 16, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

In 2008, a mosquito inventory determined how many and what species of mosquitoes were found at MHNC. We learned a great deal about their life cycle, traits of individual species, and their impact on humans and wildlife. An indoor presentation on these fascinating insects will be followed by a brief hike to mosquito habitat, which can be found in any backyard.

$6/person or $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due July 8.
This program has been cancelled
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Let’s Take a Walk: On the Hill
Sunday, July 17, 1:30 – 2:30

Mosquito Hill is a unique geological feature jutting some 200 feet in the air. This change in elevation and the rock that creates it makes the hill a special place to live for many plants and animals. We’ll discuss the geologic properties and their effect on the flora and fauna in the area.

$3/adult and $2/youth
Registration and payment due July 8.
This program has been cancelled
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G3: Name That Tree
Tuesday, July 19, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Have you ever wondered what kind of trees are in your backyard or in your neighborhood? Come join us on a guided tree identification walk. Discover important uses of each and how to identify trees by looking at their leaf shape, bark, twigs and fruit. Materials will be provided to make your own leaf rubbings.

$3/adults, $2/youth
Registration and payment due one week prior.

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G3: Into the Woods
Tuesday, July 26, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

What better place to be in the middle of summer than in the cool, green forest. We’ll take a walk on Mosquito Hill 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!

$3/adults, $2/youth
Registration and payment due one week prior.

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Let’s Take a Walk: Through the Prairie
Sunday, July 31, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Prairies originally covered much of the Great Plains of the United States, including a portion of western Wisconsin. The nature center is home to a 12-acre planted prairie which boasts dozens of unique plants species as well as animal species that could be found in the original prairies. We’ll explore the mid-summer plants, their adaptations and benefits to wildlife.

$3/adult and $2/youth
Registration and payment due July 24

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G3: Little Birds of Prey
Tuesday, August 2, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

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. They are fast fliers and incredible hunters. We’ll introduce you to few live little birds of prey and discuss their importance in our natural world.

$3/adults, $2/youth
Registration and payment due one week prior.

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Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, August 10, 1:30-3:00 PM

Join us as we explore the world of butterflies! We'll have up-close and personal observations of monarch butterflies in all the stages of development, and learn why they are so fascinating. We'd love to have you come out and enjoy the nature center with us as we learn, laugh, and have an all-round good time!

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.

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Third Thursday Lecture Series: The Science of Climate Change

August 18, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Although the techniques used by scientists to measure and predict the effects of climate change are complex, the processes that cause these changes are quite understandable. David Poister, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science at St. Norbert College, will explain these processes to give those without a scientific background a basic understanding of climate change science.

$6/person or $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due August 12.

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Nature Center Gets Muddy Saturday, August 20
We’re sorry. Our trails will be closed and Rogers Road will be closed to traffic on August 20 as 2000 runners get “muddy for a mission”. www.warriorprincessmudrun.org

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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.

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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.

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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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