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Summer 2020

MHNC staff reserves the right to cancel a program if minimum enrollment has not been met by the registration deadline. We ask you to register and pay for programs in advance because of the need to purchase supplies and pay guest speakers and instructors. 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.

Programs to Resume in July

Starting this month, we will resume educational programs with limits on attendance and social distancing measures in place.

We've put together a temporary policy and recommendations that will allow us to hold programs (and generate income) while keeping visitors, volunteers and staff safe.

Attendance will be limited to 8 or 9 participants, mask use will be encouraged, and we'll be outdoors as much as possible.

Restrooms have re-opened during the following hours: Tuesday - Friday, 11 AM to 4 PM, and Saturday & Sunday, from 10 AM to 3 PM.

To Register for a program:

  • Call us at 920-779-6433. Our staff will take your contact information and credit card number over the phone. You may also mail a check or drop off payment.
  • Please reserve your spot(s) before the registration deadline. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins this summer.
  • Mask use is strongly encouraged.

Thanks for your support of our center and your assistance in keeping everyone healthy.

 

Thursday Morning Walk with a Naturalist: Monarch Butterflies
July 9, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Wisconsin’s favorite butterfly is a fascinating insect to study. We’ll learn about its life cycle, its incredible migration to Mexico and visit our prairie to see adults and caterpillars. With naturalist Jessica Miller.

$5/adults, $3/students, seniors, & Friends of Mosquito Hill
Registration and payment due July 7

 

Night Hike with a Naturalist
Saturday July 11, 8:30 – 10:30 PM

Explore the nocturnal world and find out what happens at the nature center after dark with naturalist Mike Hibbard. Bring your sense of adventure and we'll discover some of the secrets of the night. A night hike will follow a short indoor program. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

$6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due July 3

 

Thursday Morning Walk with a Naturalist: Nature Detectives
July 16, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Put on your detective cap, grab your magnifying glass and help solve some nature capers using clues that animals leave behind. With naturalist Mike Hibbard.

$5/adults, $3/students, seniors, & Friends of Mosquito Hill
Registration and payment due July 14

 

Forest Finds
Saturday, July 18, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Take a hike to the top of Mosquito Hill and learn how the plants and animals of the forest interact and form a web of life where one species depends on another for part of their survival. From decomposers to deer, all play a vital role in a healthy forest community. This program is suitable for individuals and families.

$6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due July 14

 

Wooden Wind Chime Making
Saturday, July 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon

We all can use something extra to make us feel more relaxed. Come and create your own unique wooden wind chime. These beautiful, rustic pieces can add the perfect calming touch to spaces such as patios or nurseries. All materials will be provided.

$15/person
Registration and payment due July 14

 

Raptor Wednesdays
Wednesday, July 22, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Raptors, or birds of prey, actively hunt their food using a variety of their senses: sight, sound and even smell. Big or small, raptors come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but they do have a few common features. Join Pat Fisher, owner and operator of The Feather Raptor Rehabilitation Center, and staff naturalist, Jessica Miller each month as they introduce to you a live bird of prey and discuss what makes that bird unique.

$6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due one week prior to program.

 

Thursday Morning Walk with a Naturalist: Birds of Mosquito Hill
July 23, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

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. With naturalist Mary Swifka.

$5/adults, $3/students, seniors, & Friends of Mosquito Hill
Registration and payment due July 21

 

History of the Hill Hike
Saturday, July 25, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Have you ever wondered how Mosquito Hill got its name or more about the ski jump that once stood on top of the hill? If so, join naturalist Mike Hibbard for a hike back in time as we discover the history and legends of Mosquito Hill and the property that became the nature center in 1974. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather.

$8/adults, $6/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due July 17

 

Investigating Insects
Sunday, July 26, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Summer is a great time to see lots of really cool insects: butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles, dragonflies, bees and more! We’ll spend time investigating insects in a variety of habitats such as the prairie, the forest and even the ponds, and determine what all insects have in common and what makes each one unique.

$6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due July 22

 

Thursday Morning Walk with a Naturalist: Frogs of Wisconsin
July 30, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Explore our lowland forest for all the different species of frogs that live there, the small wood frogs, spotted leopard frogs, bumpy toads, and more. With naturalist Adam Brandt.

$5/adults, $3/students, seniors, & Friends of Mosquito Hill
Registration and payment due July 21

 

Wisconsin Animals
Saturday, August 1, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

From tiny insects to big deer, Wisconsin is home to a wide variety of animals. We’ll use skins, feathers and other items to learn the different animal groups, then take a walk to see them in a natural setting. This program is suitable for individuals and families.

$6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due July 28

 

Campfire Snacks
Saturday, August 1, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Summer isn’t complete without relaxing around a campfire with friends and family. And a campfire isn’t complete without some delicious, toasted snacks. Did you know that these snacks can go well beyond the famous s’more? Bring the whole family as we enjoy some of our all-time favorite campfire snack creations. Maybe you will discover a new favorite to try at your next campfire.

$10/person
Registration and payment due July 28

 

Thursday Morning Walk with a Naturalist: Snakes Alive!
August 6, 10:0 – 11:00 AM

Are snakes really slimy? How do they move, smell, hear and catch food? Learn about the snakes that live at Mosquito Hill and see them in their natural home. With naturalist Mike Hibbard)

$5/adults, $3/students, seniors, & Friends of Mosquito Hill
Registration and payment due August 4

 

Summer Candlelight Hike
Saturday August 8, 8:30 – 10:30 PM

Enjoy a self-guided hike along a marked trail illuminated by tiki torches. Snacks, refreshments and a campfire will be available. Register for a departure time starting at 8:30 PM then every 15 minutes after until 10:15 PM. Closed-toed shoes are required and please dress for the weather.

$8/adults, $6/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due July 31

 

Thursday Morning Walk with a Naturalist: Squirrels, Chipmunks and Ground Squirrels, Oh My!
August 13, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

It’s not uncommon to see small mammals in the prairie, forest and at bird feeders. Learn about gray squirrels, fox squirrels, red squirrels, chipmunks and ground squirrels. With naturalist Jessica Miller.

$5/adults, $3/students, seniors, & Friends of Mosquito Hill
Registration and payment due August 11

 

Firefly Glow Hike
Saturday, August 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Firefly or lightning bug? No matter what you call them, these fun glowing insects help complete a perfect summer evening. Discover what makes these and other fun critters glow in the dark. This program will be for all ages and include a fun, glow-in-the-dark hike.

$8/person, $6/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due August 11

 

Thursday Morning Walk with a Naturalist: Frog Pond Follies
August 20, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Discover the variety of critters that live in or near our ponds, including insects, frogs and beavers. With naturalist Mary Swifka.

$5/adults, $3/students, seniors, & Friends of Mosquito Hill
Registration and payment due August 18

 

Monarch Testing and Tagging for Beginners
Saturday, August 22, 12:30 – 3:00 PM

Every fall, millions of monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains make their way down to the Transvolcanic Mountains in Central Mexico where they overwinter. And every fall, hundreds of thousands of tags are purchased to place on migrating monarchs to help scientists answer many questions about their migration pattern. Join naturalist Jessica Miller as she explains the basics behind one of the coolest phenomenon on Earth, monarch migration. In addition, each participant will have the opportunity to assist with tagging, testing and releasing a butterfly.

$6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due August 14

 

Environmental Science Merit Badge Clinic
Saturday, August 22, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Boy Scouts will explore all aspects of the natural environment and learn how to protect our natural resources. This is an intensive workshop and several assignments need to be completed before the clinic. Early registration is strongly recommended. Scouts must be 14 years old by the time of the clinic. The clinic facilitator is MHNC director Mike Hibbard.

$25/scout
Registration and payment due August 1

 

Raptor Wednesdays
Wednesday, August 26, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Raptors, or birds of prey, actively hunt their food using a variety of their senses: sight, sound and even smell. Big or small, raptors come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but they do have a few common features. Join Pat Fisher, owner and operator of The Feather Raptor Rehabilitation Center, and staff naturalist, Jessica Miller each month as they introduce to you a live bird of prey and discuss what makes that bird unique.

$6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due one week prior to program.

 

Thursday Morning Walk with a Naturalist: Insect Adventures
August 27, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Summer is a great time to see lots of incredible insects: butterflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies, beetles, and many more! Discover a variety of 6-legged critters. With naturalist Adam Brandt.

$5/adults, $3/students, seniors, & Friends of Mosquito Hill
Registration and payment due August 25

 

Newstar Astronomy
Friday, August 28, 8:00 – 10:00 PM

One of the most compelling and alluring things about the universe is the sheer size of it all. The heavens display the spectacular power and mystery of things not seen anywhere on this planet. Newstar member Curtis Dachelet will demonstrate the immense size of the Solar System, galaxies, and nebula found in our Wisconsin summer nighttime sky, and will also introduce you to things in the sky that are “hidden in plain sight”. Outdoor stargazing will follow, weather permitting.

$6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Walk-ins welcome, but advance registration appreciated.

 

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

 

 

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