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Winter 2018/2019

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


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Hand-made Holiday: Make & Take for Adults!
Friday, November 30, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Here’s the perfect event to gather your girlfriends and spend a relaxing evening getting into the holiday spirit. You’ll make three gifts with the help of our volunteers and staff while enjoying hot appetizers and a glass of wine or mulled cider.

Cost: $40/person
Registration and payment due November 20

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Holiday Make & Take
Saturday, December 8, 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 eight unique gifts and wrap them with the assistance of our volunteer team. Voila! Your child’s holiday shopping is complete. 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 PROGRAM IS FULL
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Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, December 12, 1:30-3:00 PM 

Nature provides so many things for us to treasure and create from! We'll make some natural ornaments for you to keep or give away. And since we're in the holiday season, there will be music performed for us and for us to sing along. Come one and all: Let's celebrate the year's end and new beginnings ahead!

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.

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Shiocton Christmas Bird Count
Friday, December 14, 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.

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Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, January 9, 1:30-3:00 PM 

It's a new year, but we're going to look back in time. Who lived around Mosquito Hill centuries ago? How did this hill get here? What was happening before it was a nature center? Exploring this history and our own as we talk about time in a beautiful winter setting. Venture out to share warmth, friendship, and fun.

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.
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Snowshoe Trails Open and Rentals Available (With Adequate Snow Amounts)
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 from ages 4 and older. Please call ahead to check on trail conditions. Advance reservations for groups of 10 or more are recommended.

Snowshoe Rental: $3.50/adults, $2.50/students & seniors; FOMH: no charge
Trail use with your own snowshoes: no charge

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Wolf Cub Workshop – Paws on the Path
Saturday, January 12, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Director Mike Hibbard will teach Wolf Cubs how to prepare for a hike and how to respect the land by understanding Leave No Trace Principles and the Outdoor Code. Take a one-mile hike or snowshoe hike and learn about the plants and animals that live here. Finish up with a campfire and s’mores! Space is limited.

Cost: $8/scout
Registration and payment due January 1

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Torchlight Snowshoe Walks
Saturdays, January 19 & February 9, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

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

Cost: $8/adults, $6/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due one week prior to each event.

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Third Thursday Lecture Series: The Odd Couple
January 17, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Don Baumgartner and Jean Klein are back to share their latest adventure: paddling down the Noatak River in the Alaskan Arctic. The longtime friends and paddling companions, who have dubbed themselves “the odd couple” share, “Between the weather and the bears there was never a dull moment.” Their photos and exploits will warm your chilly Thursday morning.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Advance reservations appreciated but walk-ins also welcome.

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A Super Moon Eclipse!
Monday, January 21, 8:30 – 11:00 PM

When a full moon, super moon, and full lunar eclipse all fall on the same night, there’s no better way to enjoy it than a hike at Mosquito Hill. Join naturalist Adam Brandt on this special evening when all 3 celestial events coincide. Learn about these lunar events and enjoy the property after dark. An indoor program will be followed by a guided hike and views through telescopes. Participants are asked to bring a headlamp or flashlight and dress for the weather.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due January 12.

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30th Annual Mosquito Hill Snowshoe Race
Saturday, January 26, 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.

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Winter Family Fun Day
Saturday, January 26, 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.

Cost: $10/car admission

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Yin Yoga
Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 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.

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

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Weave Your Own Laundry Basket
Saturday & Sunday, February 9 & 10,
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM each day

Weave a large, durable basket to hold laundry, toys, or use as a catch-all container. Choose the shape of the solid wooden base: round or rectangular, and reed colors. No weaving experience is necessary. You do need to attend both days. Artisan clay handles will be available for an additional fee as well as stain for your finished basket.

Cost: $155
Registration and payment due January 29.

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Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, February 13, 1:30-3:00 PM 
We all know some interesting facts about our Presidents, but what about the First Ladies? Trivia galore will be shared, and of course we'll have some other fun things to do! It's still winter, but we will be happy and warm inside the nature center's building, with windows to enjoy the view.

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.

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Backyard Bird Feeding
Saturday, February 16, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Who doesn’t like to see feathered friends in their yard? Join naturalist Adam Brandt to discover what you can do to successfully attract an assortment of birds in a way that is beneficial for all. Following the program, stick around to build your own unique bird feeder to take home.

Cost: $10/person, $7/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due February 8.

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Snowshoe and Discover
Saturday, February 23, 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 around the nature center property to learn the flora and fauna that survive the cold and snowy months in Northeast Wisconsin.

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

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Celebrating Aldo Leopold Weekend: Green Fire Documentary Screening
Saturday, March 2, 11:30 AM

Green Fire, the first full-length, high definition documentary ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold explores Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today. The 73-minute film shares highlights from Leopold’s life and extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the twentieth century and still inspires people today. Although probably best known as the author of the conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold is also renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist and wilderness advocate.

No charge

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Build Your Own Aldo Leopold Bench
Saturday, March 2, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Build a comfortable, sturdy, outdoor Leopold bench constructed of 2-inch dimensional treated lumber. All materials will be pre-cut and ready to assemble. Your bench will last outdoors for years with no upkeep, weathering gracefully as the years roll on.

Cost: $80/bench, $75/students, seniors, FOMH & includes all materials and instruction
Registration and payment due February 18.

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Deer Antler Handle Basket
Sunday, March 3, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Each basket will be unique. Start with a wood base with a deer image laser-cut into the wood. Then choose an antler for the handle. Your basket width will be determined by the antler size. No weaving experience is necessary. Stain for your completed basket will be available for an additional fee.

Cost: $95
Registration and payment due February 22.

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Bear Cub Workshop – Fur, Feathers and Ferns
Saturday, March 9, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

From tracks and scat to nests and burrows, signs of animals are all around. Take a one-mile hike with director Mike Hibbard while searching for evidence. Learn about protecting habitat as well as endangered and extinct animals. Enjoy a campfire and s’mores after the hike. Space is limited.

Cost: $8/scout
Registration and payment due March 1.

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Restorative Yoga
Sunday, March 10, 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 February 26.

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Saving the Osprey: A Success Story
Saturday, March 23, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

When listed as an endangered species in 1972, Wisconsin had fewer than 90 osprey pairs. Much like eagles, ospreys barely survived the 1950’s and 60’s due to DDT and other insecticide poisoning. Learn how raptor rehabber, Pat Fisher, The Feather Raptor Rehabilitation Center, New London, has worked for 15 years to restore osprey populations in Northeast Wisconsin. She’s working with local utility companies and communities in Waupaca and Outagamie counties to provide nesting platforms and monitor the birds at all 30 locations. Pat will also discuss how eagles, surprisingly, are hindering the process.

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

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

 

 

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