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Summer 2019

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

Visit us at Plamann Park Kids’ Day!
Saturday, June 8, 8:00 AM – 12 noon

Enjoy a day filled with fun! Nature center staff and volunteers will be hosting an event at this fundraiser at Plamann Park. Take a spin on the Bike Blender, get messy with art projects, try out a kayak or stand-up paddle board on Plamann Lake, watch karate sessions, visit the Children's Farm and much more! FREE.

Memory Cafe
Wednesday, June 12, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
The world of snakes is fascinating! Snakes get a bad rap most of the time, but are so important in the natural world. We'll learn about our native snakes and how we should appreciate them 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.

Restorative Yoga

Sunday, June 16, 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.

Cost: $15/person
Registration and payment due June 10.

Solstice Celebration

Friday, June 21, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate the Summer Solstice, raise funds for the nature center and showcase the recently-acquired grounds atop Mosquito Hill. The evening will feature a spanferkel (pig roast) with vegetarian options, a cash bar, live music by Christopher Gold, bucket raffles, games, property tours and a sunset hike to the overlook on top of Mosquito Hill.

The evening will kick off with social hour, music, lawn games and raffles starting at 5:00 PM. A continuous-service dinner buffet will be served from 6:00 until 7:30. Raffle drawings will be held at 7:30. The evening will culminate with a naturalist led solstice sunset hike starting at 8:00.

Christopher Gold is an Appleton singer and songwriter who has been seen at Mile of Music performing his unique brand of folk, country and bluegrass music. Gold was recognized as the Singer/Songwriter of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry in 2015. He will perform from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Guests are asked to park in the main parking lot at the interpretive building. Shuttle service will be available throughout the evening to transport people to the top of the hill. Guests are also welcome to walk to the top.

The cost is $40 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the nature center office or online at All proceeds will go toward display renovations and the education and volunteer programs at Mosquito Hill Nature Center. Sponsorship opportunities are available to help defray some of the costs of the event and to raise additional dollars for Friends of Mosquito Hill. Please contact us at or 920-779-6433 for more information.


Electronics Recycling
Saturday, June 29, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Folks from K9 Tech Recycling will be here to collect everything with a cord, battery or motor. Check their website to see a list of items they will accept. Some items such as TV's, appliances, computer monitors and light bulbs require a small fee to be recycled.


The interpretive building and office will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Trails and Playscape will remain open.


Memory Cafe
Wednesday, July 10, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

It's national "Don't Step on a Bee Day"! It's a great day to celebrate our honeybees with Jim Binder, a local beekeeper. We'll learn about the fascinating lives of bees and why they are so important to all of us, in addition to the delicious honey they produce. Join us for a "sweet" afternoon at the nature center!

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.


Volunteer Recognition & Annual Meeting
Wednesday, July 17, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Every year, we make time to publicly thank all the volunteers that make this place hum. We’ll gather for social time and cold beverages at 5:00 and enjoy a picnic meal at 6:00. After dinner, a brief update from the Friends of Mosquito Hill board of directors will be followed by a program in honor of all the people we count on to make MHNC a great place to visit.


Plants for Digestive Woes
Saturday, July 27, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Summer is a wonderful time to collect those garden herbs that are known for not only their culinary benefits, but for medicinal purposes as well. While some reach for an antacid to help with digestive ailments, many of our tried and true plants can offer a natural form of relief. Participants will be introduced to plants such as chamomile, mint, basil, fennel, lemon balm and anise hyssop during a brief hike and then partake in some taste testing afterwards.

Cost: $12/person
Registration and payment due July 20


Native Plant Sale & Pollinator Program
Saturday, August 17, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Ready for fall planting? Randy Powers, Prairie Future Seed Company, will be here for the day selling a variety of native forbs and grasses. At 10:00 AM, Randy will give a presentation on the importance of pollinators and their relationship with native plants. Contact us for more details.

Monarch Tagging Workshop
Saturday, August 24, 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. Registration is limited so register early.

Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment are due August 16.


Fungi and Wild Edibles Foray
Sunday, September 1, 10:00 AM

Join us and the Wisconsin Mycological Society for this magical event! We will venture around the property in search of mushrooms and other edibles with foray leader Matthew Normansell of Eden Wild Food.

Cost: $5/person. Free for all WMS members.
Registration and payment due August 23.


Environmental Science Merit Badge Clinic
Saturday, September 7, 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.

Cost: $25/scout
Registration and payment are due August 16.


Honey Sunday
Sunday, September 15, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Come and help us celebrate the honeybee and the gentle art of beekeeping during this annual event co-sponsored with the Waupaca County Beekeepers’ Association. Watch honey being extracted from the hive, beeswax candle dipping and a cooking demonstration. Take in some short informational sessions, visit the kids’ craft area and, of course, don’t miss out on our delicious honey-baked goods and honey sundaes. Bring your family and friends out for some sweet sensations.

Cost: $10/car


Coming Up:
September 21, Vintage Market at the Hill
October 12, Harvest Moon Festival

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



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