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Spring 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



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. Class is limited to 10 participants.

Cost: $15/person

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Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, March 13, 1:30-3:00 PM 

Jim Binder, a local trapper will provide an interactive and exciting program on his trapping experiences.  Jim teaches trapping classes for the DNR and is well respected and a leader in the trapping industry for the state of Wisconsin.  Join us for a fun learning experience, as well as food, fun, and great conversations!

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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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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Build a Window Sash Cold Frame
Sunday, March 24, 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.

Cost: $110/person, $100/students, seniors and FOMH members.
Registration and payment are due March 15.
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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Weave a Bird House Basket
Sunday, March 31, 9:00 AM – 2:30 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.

Cost: $45/person
Registration and payment are due March 23.

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Move More
Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16 & 23, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Because of the time spent inactive, our bodies have adapted by becoming stiff, not allowing for full range of motion in our muscles and joints even when we are moving. This class with naturalist Jessica Miller will introduce you to many simple forms of movement: basic stretching and alignment exercises, walking, crawling, hanging, jumping, balancing and more. This is not a “workout” class, rather a “restoration of movement” class geared toward people of any age and of any fitness/mobility level who would like to incorporate more movement, balance and strength into their life. Participants should be able to move to the floor and back to standing. Classes will take place indoors. Space is limited to 10 participants. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Cost: $40/4 classes, $35/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment are required by March 26.

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Memory Cafe'

Wednesday, April 10, 1:30-3:00 PM 

Frogs calling and toads hopping are a sure sign of spring! We'll learn about these interesting creatures from Adam Brandt, a naturalist at Mosquito Hill. And just maybe we'll find a song or two to sing, and some snacks to savor. We hope to see you as we welcome the new season 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.
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An Evening of Stargazing
Friday, April 26, 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Join MHNC staff and members of Newstar, the Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers group, for an indoor presentation and outdoor stargazing. For night sky observers, spring is a great time to observe and photograph some of the most distant objects known in our universe. This evening’s presentation: Springtime - A Season for Galaxies, by Newstar member Tom Eby, will illustrate some of the many forms and varieties of galaxies ranging from our own Milky Way to those lying at vast cosmological distances, as imaged through amateur telescopes and cameras.

Cost: $6/person, $4/students, seniors, FOMH
Advance registration appreciated.

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Saturday Morning Bird Walks
April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 7:00 – 10:00 AM

Join us for any or all of these Saturday morning walks. All skill levels are welcome. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair of ours), field guides and waterproof boots.

No charge.

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Baby Animal Family Fun Event
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Nothing says spring quite like baby animals. Join us as we partner with the WI DNR during their annual Keeping Wildlife Wild week. The morning will start with baby animal story time followed by a one-hour educational program at 10:30. Learn about baby animals and what to do if you find them this spring. There will also be a DNR informational booth, snacks for sale, and fun baby animal crafts to take home.

FREE!

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Make a Woven Butterfly
Sat. April 27, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Spring is in the air, so why not weave a beautiful butterfly for your home décor. Instruction and materials will be provided by Jeni Mursau, Woven Blessings Basketry. Numerous color choices of reed will be available. No prior weaving experience is necessary.

Cost: $35/person
Registration and payment due April 17.

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Build an Elevated Raised Garden Bed
Sunday, May 5, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Build a cedar elevated garden bed to save your back and your vegetables from rabbits, voles and other animals. Join naturalist Mike Hibbard as he guides you step-by-step to build this 4’ wide x 8’ long x 32” high raised garden bed. 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.

Cost: $140/person, $125/students, seniors, FOMH.
Registration and payment due April 23.

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Move More II
Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, & 28, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

This class will introduce you to many simple forms of movement: basic stretching and alignment exercises, walking, crawling, hanging, jumping, balancing and is a continuation of information and movements from Move More in April. This is not a “workout” class, rather a “restoration of movement” class geared towards people of any age and of any fitness/mobility level who would like to incorporate more movement, balance and strength into their life. Participants should be able to move to the floor and back to standing as well as walk distances of up to 1 mile. Classes will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited to 10 participants. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Cost: $40/4 classes, $35/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment required by April 30.

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Memory Cafe'
Wednesday, May 8, 1:30-3:00 PM 

Fairies are dancing around us! We'll create miniature fairy gardens for you to take home and treasure. Feel free to bring little trinkets or figurines to add to your plantings. We'll have music and a bit of trivia while we enjoy the spring weather surrounding us. Hope you can join us for the afternoon.

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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Spring Open House
Saturday, May 11
Check out the variety of programs offered this day. Arrive when you want and stay as long as you like.
• Naturalist-led bird ID walk, 7:00 AM, Free (binoculars available to check out)
• Climate Change Presentation by Graham Sazama, Lawrence University, including a showing of the film “Paris to Pittsburg”
• Native Plant Sale, tentative
• Meditation Hike
• Informational Booths-World Migratory Bird Day, WI DNR, helping birds
• Food and Beverages-available for purchase

Watch our Facebook page and website for program updates and additional information.

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Embarrass River Brigade Rendezvous
Saturday – Sunday, May 17 – 19
Sat. 9:00 AM – dusk, Sun. 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Step back to a simpler time when beaver hides were the unit of currency and waterways were highways. Come visit a fur trapper’s rendezvous encampment, circa 1824 and see the new property acquired by the nature center on top of Mosquito Hill. Campers will demonstrate skills of the period dressed in clothing of that day. You may see fire starting with flint and steel, flint knapping to make arrow points, candle making, rope making, calligraphy and yarn spinning. Have a seat by the fire and hear the telling of tall tales. Learn about the difficult life of early American fur trappers and settlers.

Free

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Weeds Please!
Saturday, May 18, 12:30 – 2:30 PM

To forage, by definition, means to search for food or provisions. While many discredit the culinary and medicinal benefits of common plants such as dandelions, stinging nettle and chickweed, herbalists widely seek out these species. Learn the basics of herbalism and the do’s and don’ts of foraging plants with naturalist Jessica Miller, then head outdoors for a seasonal “weed walk” around the property. We’ll even harvest a few to sample their flavors in teas and culinary treats.

Cost: $12/person, $10/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due May 10.

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Coming up in June:
Visit us at Plamann Park Kids Day on Saturday, June 8.
Watch for updates on a Summer Solstice Evening event on June 21.
Mark your calendar for an electronics recycling day on June 29.

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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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