Mosquito Hill Nature Center, located two miles east of New London in Outagamie County, features one of the highest elevation points in the area. The center’s picturesque 441 acres border the Wolf River and includes one of the last intact stands of bottomland hardwood forest on the Wolf. An additional 11-acre parcel on top of the hill was purchased in 2018.
Educational and recreational activities are planned for children, adults and families throughout the year. Public programs topics are varied and might include astronomy, basket weaving, yoga, gardening, native communities and others. Naturalist-led recreational outings might feature bird-watching, canoeing the Embarrass River or biking the back roads of Waupaca County.
A five-week Summer Ecology program offers a day-camp environment for children ages 4 to 11 in June and July. A robust school field trip program attracts thousands of elementary-age students annually. Our annual Holiday Make & Take is a gift-making workshop for 100 children and fills to capacity each year.
Inside the interpretive building you will find a selection of natural history displays, a gift shop, a library, an auditorium and classrooms. Outside there is an observatory used during scheduled astronomy events, some with the Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers, and a natural playscape for children in an old quarry. Plans are underway for a capital campaign to fund extensive renovations in and around the building. Complimentary WiFi is available.
For hiking or walking, 3 miles of developed hiking trails include wooded and prairie trails and a loop to scenic vistas at the top of Mosquito Hill. The All People’s Trail is a paved, accessible half-mile trail. Rest areas with benches and educational signage are found along the way. During the winter snow season, five miles of snowshoe trails provide hours of winter enjoyment, including after-dark torchlight snowshoe walks. Please note that all trails are closed during the gun deer hunting season in November.
Seasonal festivals and annual events include Winter Family Fun Day, the Mosquito Hill Snowshoe Races, Honey Sunday, Harvest Moon Festival, Endurance Runs and Holiday Make & Take.
To provide environmental education and recreation opportunities that foster understanding, appreciation and sound stewardship of the natural world for people of all ages.