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Winter 2019 - 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.

 

Introduction to Digital Photography
Saturday, December 14, 10:00 AM

Learn simple techniques for better photos of people, pets, landscapes and more all while using your “point and shoot” camera in the easy-to-use auto mode. Our instructor is Greg Prellwitz from Gregory T Photography, whose images can be seen on our Facebook page and email newsletters.

$20/person
Registration and payment due ASAP.

 

Shiocton Christmas Bird Count
Friday, December 20, 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. We’ll break for a potluck lunch, always featuring warm soups and yummy desserts. Call ahead if you would like to take part.

 

Snowshoe Trails Open and Rentals Available
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Take in the quiet beauty of our lower trails or an invigorating hike to the top of Mosquito Hill! We have snowshoes to fit just about everyone ages 4 and older. Please call ahead to check on trail conditions. Advance reservations for groups of 8 or more are recommended.

Snowshoe Rental: $4.00/adults, $3.00/students & seniors; FOMH: no charge
Trail use with your own snowshoes: no charge

 

Torchlight Snowshoe Walks
Dates to be determined, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Enjoy a self-led tiki torch-lit excursion on our groomed snowshoe trails. We’ll announce dates this winter to take advantage of ideal snow conditions. Hot beverages will be served and all snowshoe equipment is provided. A $2 discount is available to participants who bring their own snowshoes.

$8/adults, $6/students, seniors, FOMH
Advance registration and payment appreciated.

 

30th Mosquito Hill Snowshoe Race
Saturday, January 25, staggered morning start times

Run or walk a 1-mile, 3-mile or 5-mile route throughout the nature center property. An 800-meter race for children is also planned. All courses are groomed and fairly flat. Race fees include refreshments, a chili lunch, Mosquito Hill goodie bag, prizes to top finishers and admission to Winter Family Fun Day starting at 12:00 noon.

Pre-race day fees: $20 for the 1, 3, and 5-mile race and $10/kids’ race. Race day fees: add $5.
Entry fees are non-refundable. Visit www.mosquitohill.com for registration forms and updates.

 

Winter Family Fun Day
Saturday, January 25, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Join us for some family-friendly activities at our annual fun day in the snow. Participate in the exciting Family Olympics challenge for fun and prizes. Play a round of human foosball. Young children will enjoy sliding down the otter slide and making a winter craft; everyone will like the leisurely snowshoe walk. Warm yourself by the campfire and roast some marshmallows. Hot food and beverages will be for sale.

$10/car admission

 

Snowshoe and Discover
Saturday, February 8, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
(or February 22 in case of inclement weather or poor snow conditions)

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 around the nature center property to learn the flora and fauna that survive the cold and snowy months in Northeast Wisconsin.

$6/person or $10/household

 

Winter Constellation Investigation
Saturday, February 29, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Enjoy a winter evening at the nature center and explore the winter constellations. There will be a brief indoor program by park ranger Adam Brandt followed by a guided journey outdoors to view the night sky and constellations first-hand. Come dressed for the weather and snow. Snowshoe rental included.

$8/person, $6/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due February 26.

 

Yin Yoga
Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Yin yoga consists of a series of poses that work the connective tissues in the lower part of the body. These passive poses are held for up to five minutes with the aid of straps, blocks, bolsters and other yoga props. This is a slow-paced class appropriate for those with the ability to move through seated, standing, kneeling and reclined positions. The instructor is naturalist Jessica Miller, who is a certified yoga instructor.

$25/4-week class or $8/session
Pay in advance or walk-ins welcome.

 

Build a Window Sash Cold Frame
Saturday, February 8, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Get a jump start on your spring planting with this cold frame, mini-greenhouse made out of cedar and a repurposed window sash. Join naturalist Mike Hibbard as he guides you step-by-step to build this 24” x 30” (approximate size) cold frame for starting flowers or vegetables for your garden. All materials will be provided, pre-cut and ready to assemble. Some basic hand tools will be required, but extras will be available to borrow if you don’t have them.

$125/person, $110/students, seniors and FOMH
Registration and payment are due by January 24.

 

Memory Cafe
Wednesday, February 12 1:30-3:00 PM

Who knows what the weather will be when we meet, but that's what we'll be learning about this month. The calendar says it's winter, but we know the nature center is beautiful anytime of year! Come and join us for an afternoon of learning, laughter, and friendship.

Memory Cafés consist of facilitated activities, informal conversation, and light refreshments for those experiencing memory loss, dementia or cognitive decline and their family members and caregivers. Café themes include guest speakers and presentations, musical performances, art projects, and games and activities that engage those with memory loss. An experienced facilitator and additional volunteers lead the cafés. The settings are relaxed and comfortable with accessibility for those with mobility limitations. Visit FoxValleyMemoryProject.org for more information.


An Evening for Sweethearts
Friday, February 14, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart. After a snowshoe walk lighted by tiki torches, enjoy a wine and cheese reception.

$50/couple
Registration and payment due February 7.

 

Basket Weaving Workshop
Saturday, February 22, 9:30 AM

Weave a bread basket approximately 9”L x 5”W x 6”H. Finish your basket with a fabric liner and leather handles. Class instructor is Jeni Mursau, Woven Blessings Basketry, Manawa. All materials and supplies are provided.

$55/person
Registration and payment due February 12.

 

Weave a Bird House Basket
Sunday, March 8, 9:00 AM – 12 noon or 12:15 – 3:15 PM

Do you love birds? Then weave them a home with your love put into it. This finished piece follows the dimensions of a typical wooden bluebird box, but may attract a variety of backyard bird species if you hang it outdoors. Top it off with a barnboard roof. The class will be taught by Jeni Mursau, Woven Blessings Basketry. Choose from a morning or afternoon session.

$45/person
Registration and payment are due February 28.

 

Yin Yoga
Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24, 31, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Yin yoga consists of a series of poses that work the connective tissues in the lower part of the body. These passive poses are held for up to five minutes with the aid of straps, blocks, bolsters and other yoga props. This is a slow-paced class appropriate for those with the ability to move through seated, standing, kneeling and reclined positions. The instructor is naturalist Jessica Miller, who is a certified yoga instructor.

$25/4-week class or $8/session
Pay in advance or walk-ins welcome.

 

Willow Basketry Workshop
Saturday, March 14, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Create your own rustic, rib-style melon basket in this class taught by Faith Schlaeppi, an accomplished basket maker from New London. Locally collected willow will be used to create an attractive and functional basket. Start by splitting and stripping branches. The remainder of the day will be spent weaving and putting on finishing touches.

$40/person
Registration required by March 7.

 

Restorative Yoga
Saturday, March 22, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Restorative yoga is a therapeutic practice that allows for relief of tension and stress. Postures are practiced on the floor with the support of props such as bolsters, blankets and blocks and are held anywhere from 2 to 15 minutes. Experience gentle stretching and strengthening of the body. Leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. The instructor is naturalist Jessica Miller, certified yoga instructor.

$15/person
Registration and payment due March 17.

 

Bear Cub Workshop – Beat of the Drum
Saturday, April 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Scouts will learn about the history and culture of the Native Americans of our area during this hands on workshop. Make a traditional craft and explore some of the rich history of the nature center and surrounding area. Space is limited so pre-registration is required.

$8/Scout.
Registration and payment are due March 23.

 

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

 

 

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