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Spring 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

Yoga for the Curious
Tuesdays, January 31, February 7, 14 & 21,  6:00 – 7:00 PM

Unsure of the difference between a Downward Facing Dog and Chicago-style hotdog? While one in three Americans has tried yoga, this class is for the other two-thirds. We’ll dispel the myths about yoga (it’s not about putting your foot behind your head), learn to breathe (yes, there is a proper way), and practice gentle poses to make you feel amazing (many involve lying on the floor)! Bring a yoga mat (only a few will be available), a water bottle and a sense of adventure.

Cost: $8/session or $25 for all 4
Registration and payment due January 17.


Third Thursday Lecture Series: Restore the Shore Project
February 16, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Jim Knickelbine, executive director of Woodland Dunes Nature Center will introduce the Restore the Shore Project, an effort to improve habitat for migratory birds along the Lake Michigan shoreline in the Manitowoc/Two Rivers area. Learn about this cooperative project in which Woodland Dunes works with neighboring landowners and park departments in the two nearby cities to manage invasive species and plant native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers which benefit migratory birds and insects.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due February 15.


Basket Making Workshop: Casserole Basket
Sunday, February 26, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Weave a versatile basket that has beauty and purpose. This 9” x 13” piece features a solid wooden base to hold your hot casserole after it comes out of the oven. It works as a trivet while matching your kitchen/dining décor. Add removable leather handles at no additional cost. No previous experience is required; all materials and instruction will be provided by Jeni Mursau from Woven Blessings Basketry. Optional staining and ceramic and wood embellishments will be available for a small fee.

Cost: $45/person
Registration and payment due February 17.
This class is full.


Pruning Basics: Preparing Plants for a New Year

Saturday, March 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

This class will cover the basics of pruning trees and shrubs typically found in yards. Discussion of timing, tools and techniques will be covered to help you improve the health of your plants. Gain confidence in proper removal of branches and learn to prune with a purpose. Bring clear photos from different angles of your difficult pruning projects and get practical advice.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due March 1.


Yoga for the Curious 2.0
Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28,  6:00-7:00 PM

While one in three Americans has tried yoga, this class is for the other two-thirds. We’ll dispel the myths about yoga (it’s not about putting your foot behind your head), learn to breathe (yes, there is a proper way), and practice gentle poses to make you feel amazing (many involve lying on the floor!) Bring a yoga mat, towel, water bottle and a sense of adventure. This is a continuation from our February classes and we'll be learning new poses and sequences.

Cost: $25/4 sessions or $8/session
Registration and payment due March 1


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

Let's listen and sing along as we are lucky to have a local school choir join us for the afternoon. As always, we'll enjoy the beauty of the nature center surrounding us! Music, food, friends, and fun: who could ask for more?!

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


Friday Morning Slow Flow Yoga

March 10, 17, 24 & 31, 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Build your strength while releasing tension with this gentle vinyasa yoga flow in a mildly heated room. Staff naturalist and certified yoga instructor Jessica Miller will guide you through poses and transitions slowly and mindfully, as if you were participating in a leisurely, graceful dance. This class is suitable for beginners with little yoga experience or veteran yoga practitioners wanting a more tranquil experience. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. Bring a mat (or borrow one of ours), towel and water bottle.

Cost: $8/class, $6/FOMH
Please call to pre-register for each class.


Leave No Family Inside: Little Birds of Prey
Saturday, March 11, 1:00 – 2:00 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 impressive. Despite having small bodies, feet and beaks, little birds of prey 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

Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due March 4


Composting Basics
Saturday, March 18, 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Don’t throw away your yard trimmings, compost them! You’ll be surprised by the results. Compost saves money, benefits your soil, reuses resources, provides a rich fertilizer for your lawn and garden and much more. In this workshop with naturalist Mary Swifka, you’ll learn the basics of composting and decomposition, how easy it is to compost, and view the center’s compost learning station. Handouts will be available.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors & FOMH
Registration and payment due March 15


Annual Midwest Crane Count Training Session
Saturday, March 25, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Be a part of the Midwest Sandhill Crane Count taking place on Saturday, April 8. Anyone interested in participating in the Count must attend this training session. We will review an instructional video, learn about crane biology, receive site assignments and learn how to enter our data into an online database. Sign-up for both Outagamie County and Waupaca County will be held at Mosquito Hill Nature Center.

No charge
Please call to RSVP.


Full Circle Sustainable Aquaculture
Saturday, April 1, TIME TBD

This program will include a presentation of an affordable aquaculture process developed by Blue Iris Fish Farm in Black Creek, WI. Techniques developed by Blue Iris will highlight culture of fish (particularly perch) in a pond-side tank culture system. This system will produce annual fish production for those who are interested in a CSA application or simply fresh local sales. In the last year, Blue Iris has been awarded a grant to take its fish, feed and culture technology into three local high schools. A discussion of the progress of this program will be provided. Finally, Blue Iris uses all of its fish waste to make an organic fish hydrolysate (fertilizer). Use of the fertilizer as a foliar spray, liquid fertilizer, or for greenhouse (indoor use) will be discussed. For those interested in a farm tour, Blue Iris will give a tour in Black Creek approximately one hour after the program at Mosquito Hill.

Cost: $10/person, $8/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due March 24


Outdoor Cooking with Cast Iron
Saturday, April 8, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Learn how easy it is to cook with cast iron over an open fire. We’ll make a hearty stew with fruit cobbler for dessert. Dean Sauers, AKA the Brutal Gourmet, will lead you through the steps from food prep through clean-up. All ages are welcome.

Cost: $10/person, $8/students, seniors & FOMH
Registration and payment due March 31


Annual Midwest Crane Count
Saturday, April 8, 5:30 – 7:30 AM

The Annual Midwest Crane Count is a tradition dating back to 1976 and one of the largest citizen-based inventories in the world. It helps the International Crane Foundation to monitor the abundance and distribution of both sandhill and whooping cranes in the upper Midwest. Annually, the count involves more than 3,000 volunteers from 100 counties in five states. Anyone interested in assisting with the count should attend the training session on Saturday, March 25.


Third Thursday Lecture Series: Freshwater Mussels of Wisconsin
April 20, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Once abundant in both numbers and diversity, many freshwater mussel species in Wisconsin watersheds are now in danger of local extinction. Learn about local freshwater mussel ecology, their importance, and how you can contribute to their preservation from DNR conservation biologist Jesse Weinzinger, who works in the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program. Also, discover what species of mussels can be found in your local watersheds.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors & FOMH
Registration and payment due April 15


Saturday Morning Bird Walks
April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 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


Leave No Family Inside: Bird Watching for Beginners

Saturday, April 22, 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Learning Wisconsin’s native birds can certainly add to the enjoyment of a simple hike through the woods, along a river or even in your own backyard. Through the use of binoculars, electronic bird calls and field guides, naturalist Jessica Miller will teach you the basics of bird watching. Each pre-registered family will receive a birding gift to take home.

Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due April 15


Basket Making Workshop: Laptop Basket
Sunday, April 30, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This great basket can be used to tote your laptop, tablet, essentials or even a lunch, and offers a sophisticated and hip way to carry all the things you need. Basket dimensions are approximately 12” x 12” x 7”. It includes an oval wooden base and is finished with a leather, braided strap. No previous experience is required. Optional staining will be available for an additional $7.

Cost: $55/person
Registration and payment due April 15


Leave No Family Inside: Froggie Went a Courtin’
Saturday, May 13, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

A sure sign of spring is the sound of frog calls coming from our lowland forest. Wisconsin is lucky enough to be home to 12 different species of native frogs and you’ll have the opportunity to learn about them all, including how to identify them by sight and sound. After an indoor presentation, we’ll venture outside to find and listen to frogs singing on the nature center property. Each pre-registered family will receive a gift to take home.

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


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


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


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