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winter 2016/2017

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

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.

Cost: $15/child
Registration and payment due November 30.
This event is full


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

What are your favorite aromas of the holidays? Let's share some you bring along or talk about memories of them. We'll have a special musical performance and a sing along as well as a chance to make a beeswax candle for your home. Come out and ring in the season with scents, sounds, and celebration!

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.


Shiocton Christmas Bird Count

Friday, December 16, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Take a break from the holiday hustle and join nature center staff and volunteers for a day counting birds in the field or counting from your feeders at home within the New London/Shiocton area. We’ll break for a pot luck lunch, always featuring warm soups and yummy desserts. Call ahead if you would like to take part. Bird identification skills are helpful but not necessary.


Snowshoe Trails Open and Rentals Available (weather dependent)

January & February, Tuesdays – Sundays, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Enjoy the quiet beauty of our lowland forest. We have snowshoes to fit just about everyone, from pre-schoolers on up. Please call ahead to check on trail conditions and the availability of rentals during the week. Advance reservations for groups of 10 or more are strongly recommended. Families with young children may try out our smaller shoes for age 4 and older, or bring a sled to pull your toddlers.
Snowshoe Rental: $3.50/adults, $2.50/students & seniors; FOMH: no charge

Trail Use: no charge


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

The snow brings out the best in our guests, Don Baumgartner and his best dog friend, Nikita. They will share their love of skijoring with us. Nikita is so friendly and Don is an awfully nice guy too! Come on out and join us in our warm building to hear all about their adventures. We'll have good beverages and snacks to heat you up, inside and out.

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.


Torchlight Snowshoe Walks
Saturdays, January 14 & February 4, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Enjoy this self-led tiki torch-lit excursion on groomed snowshoe trails. Refreshments will be served and all snowshoe equipment is provided. A $2 discount is available to participants who bring their own snowshoes.

Cost: $8/adults, $5/students, seniors, FOMH or $25/household
Registration and payment due one week prior to each event.


Winter Work-Out Wednesdays
Wednesdays, January 18 & 25, February 1, 8 & 15,  9:30 – 11:30 AM

Winter is a tough time of year for us to be outside due to the frigid temps and snow, but if we immerse ourselves in the season and bundle up properly, it is possible to find joy in winter weather. Join certified yoga instructor and naturalist, Jessica Miller, as she guides participants through a gentle 45-minute indoor yoga class then heads out for a 45-minute snowshoe hike (or foot hike if poor snow conditions) on the nature center property. You’ll get a good stretch, a light cardio workout, a tutorial in the nature world, and bragging rights for being outside!

Cost: $8/session or $30 for all 5
Registration and payment due January 11.


Third Thursday Lecture Series: Honeybees & Beekeeping: What’s the Buzz?
January 19, 9:30 – 11:00 PM

Honeybees and beekeepers have received a startling amount of attention the last few years as bee populations decline and the general public become more aware of the importance of bees in pollinating the crops they eat. Waupaca beekeeper Kent Pegorsch will talk about honeybees and beekeeping in the US and threats to bees and other pollinating insects.

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


30th Annual Mosquito Hill Snowshoe Race
Saturday, January 21

Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Race times are staggered throughout the morning.
The 1-mile, 3-mile and 5-mile racecourses are located in our wooded, lowland forest. All courses are groomed and fairly flat, with the 3-mile and 5-mile course skirting the Wolf River and Oxbow Ponds. The 800-meter kids’ race is a fairly flat, groomed trail near the lowland forest and tall grass prairie. Race fees include a long-sleeved t-shirt, refreshments, a chili lunch, Mosquito Hill goodie bag, prizes to top finishers and admission to Winter Family Fun Day.

Race fees paid before January 21 are $25 for the 1, 3 and 5-mile races and $15 for the 800-meter kids’ race. Race day fees increase by $5. Entry fees are non-refundable. See the Mosquito Hill Snowshoe Race web page for more details and registration forms.


Winter Family Fun Day
Saturday, January 21, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

After the snowshoe races, join us for a host of family-friendly activities at this annual fun day in the snow. Participate in the exciting snow-filled Family Olympics games for fun and prizes. Play a round of human foosball. Young children are sure to enjoy sliding down the otter slide and making a winter craft. Enjoy a leisurely snowshoe hike with your family. When you return, warm yourself by the crackling campfire and roast some marshmallows while sharing stories of the day. Hot food and beverages will be available, so bring your entire family for lunch and stay for the afternoon. The cost is just $10 per carload and includes snowshoe rental. Don’t be left out in the cold; join us for this “hot” event.


Yoga for the Curious
Tuesdays, January 24 & 31, February 7 & 14,  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.


Leave No Family Inside: Snowshoeing for Beginners

Saturday, January 28, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

What better way to get out and enjoy our Wisconsin winters than to experience it on snowshoes? Join naturalist Jessica Miller as she guides you through the (easy) process of learning how to snowshoe. A guided hike around the nature center property will give you some practice with the new footgear and a chance to learn about our winter world.

Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due January 20.


What’s New in Our Solar System?

Saturday, February 4, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

With so many advances in technology in the field of astronomy, people are struggling to stay abreast of the ever-changing and always-increasing body of knowledge. This program is intended to update you about some of the fascinating things we’ve learned about our Solar System since you were in grade school. You will once again feel like you understand what’s happening in the distance parts of this place we call home.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due January 31.


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

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 10.


Basket Making Workshop: Casserole Basket
Sunday, February 26, 11:30 AM – 3:30 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.


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.


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.


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


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