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Late Winter - Spring 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.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the nature center interpretive building and office are closed until further notice. Hiking trails will remain open during daylight hours. Please note that access to restrooms is not available. All public programs have been cancelled until further notice as well.

 

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.

 

Celebrating Aldo Leopold Weekend: Green Fire Documentary Screening
Saturday, March 7, 11:00 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 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

 

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

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.

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

 

Yin Yoga     CANCELLED
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.

 

Memory Cafe
Wednesday, March 11, 1:30-3:00 PM

The sweetness of spring is arriving! We'll talk about our maple syrup tradition and how it's all done with Jim Binder. Come out to the Hill and join us for an afternoon of sweet laughter, learning, and tasting.

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.

 

Willow Basketry Workshop    CANCELLED
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    CANCELLED
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    CANCELLED
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.

 

Spring Eggstravaganza!    CANCELLED
Sunday, April 5, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

We’re excited for spring and all it has to offer! An Easter egg hunt is planned for young children and a scavenger hunt for older kids. Crafts, learning sessions about baby animals and more activities are planned for all ages. Join us for an optional brunch including eggs, pancakes, juice and muffins.

$5/person
Brunch served (add’l fee charged)

 

2020 Midwest Crane Count    CANCELLED
Saturday, April 18, 5:30 – 7:30 AM

This year, the International Crane Foundation will sponsor the 45th Annual Midwest Crane Count. More than 1,000 volunteer participants from throughout Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota participate in the spring survey, which gathers information on the abundance and distribution of cranes in the upper Midwest. For more information or to volunteer to be a counter, please contact Outagamie County’s Count Coordinator, Adam Brandt at Adam.Brandt@outagamie.org or 920-968-2438.

 

Webelos Workshop – Webelos Walkabout    CANCELLED
Saturday, April 18, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Lace up your shoes for a three-mile hike through the forest and prairie. Practice the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace principles. Scouts will learn about dangerous plants and animals along the way. Bring a packed, nutritious lunch to enjoy on the trails.

$8/scout
Registration and payment due April 4.

 

Move More Workshop    CANCELLED
Saturday, April 18, 12:30 – 3:00 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 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 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. Class will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited to 12 participants.

$15/person or $12/students, seniors & FOMH
Registration and payment due by April 11.

 

Backpacking Basics    CANCELLED
Sunday, April 19, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to try backpacking or backpack camping but didn’t know where to begin? Instructor and outdoor enthusiast Tiffany Schulz, New London, will cover the basics on how to plan your own backpacking trip, as well as equipment and food. Participants will practice packing both internal and external frame backpacks and setting up a tent in addition to learning about traveling light and on a budget.

$8/person $6/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due April 9.

 

An Evening of Stargazing    CANCELLED
Friday, April 24, 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Join MHNC staff and members of Newstar, the Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers group, for an indoor presentation and outdoor stargazing. Dan Sheber, Newstar president will provide an easy to understand overview of the hobby of astronomy during an indoor program. Afterwards, we’ll head outdoors, weather permitting, for stargazing through Newstar telescopes and the nature center’s dome.

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

Earth Day 50th Anniversary    CANCELLED
Saturday, April 25, all day

Celebrate the 50th Earth Day with us at MHNC! The day will be highlighted by guest speaker George Meyer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, former DNR Secretary, and an inductee in the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. Meyer will speak at 1:00 PM.

The day will also include:

  • 7:00 AM bird hike with a naturalist
  • Climate change presentation
  • Native plant and flower sale
  • Informational booths: World Migratory Bird Day, WI DNR, Wild Ones, Citizen Climate Lobby
  • Food and beverages available for purchase
  • Other educational programs TBA

Be sure to follow our Facebook page and this space for program updates and additional information. There is no charge to take part.

 

Spring Bird Hikes
May 2, 9 & 16, 7:00 – 10:00 AM

Spring is one of the most exciting seasons for birding!  Come along for a casual, guided hike with a naturalist during the peak of the spring migration.  Whether you are a beginner or expert level birder, all are welcome to attend one or any number of the offered hikes.  Come dressed for the weather with good hiking shoes.  Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from the nature center.

No charge.

Bike Basket Workshop
Saturday, May 2, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Weave a vintage-look reed basket for your bicycle handlebars! Finish your basket with leather straps and buckles. Class instructor is Jeni Mursau, Woven Blessings Basketry, Manawa. All materials and supplies are provided.

$60/person
Registration and payment due April 24.

 

Wolf Cub Workshop – Finding Your Way
Saturday, May 2, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Learning to read and use a map and a compass is a valuable skill. In this adventure, Scouts will receive an introduction to maps, symbols, and the cardinal directions of north, south, east, and west. They will also learn the basic functions of a compass.

$8/Scout
Registration and payment due April 20.

 

Build a Raised Garden Bed
Sunday, May 3, 12:30 – 4:30 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 3’ wide x 6’ long x 30” 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.

$150/person, $135/students, seniors, FOMH
Registration and payment due April 25.

 

Memory Café
Wednesday, May 13, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

With all the rain and wet weather we've had this spring, we know the frogs are happy! Mosquito Hill naturalist, Jessica Miller will teach us about our native frogs, demonstrate their unique "croaks", and share other fun facts. It'll be a great time to learn, laugh, and enjoy some time together again.

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.

 

Embarrass River Brigade Rendezvous
Saturday – Sunday, May 16 – 17
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.

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, spinning & weaving, atlatl-throwing, rope making, calligraphy and fabric dyeing. Visit the trader’s lodge and barter for all your basic needs:  flour, sugar, beans, whiskey, cloth, beads, iron pots and more. 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.

Saturday evening at 7:00 PM, members of Green Apple Folk Music Society will host an open mic at the rendezvous site. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live, local acoustic music under the stars.

There is no charge to visit the encampment or open mic, but a free-will offering is appreciated. Friends of Mosquito Hill will provide concessions during the weekend. Limited parking is available at the top. Shuttle service will be provided. 

 

Tiger Cub Workshop – Tigers in the Wild
Saturday, May 16, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

What do you need to survive in the wild? Learn about the six essential items every Tiger Scout needs to make it in the wilderness. Take a short hike to view plants and animals and end the hike with a campfire and s’mores!

$8/Scout
Registration and payment due May 4.

 

Weeds Please!
Sunday, May 17, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

To forage, by definition, means to search for food or provisions. While many discredit the culinary and medicinal benefits of common weeds, such as dandelions, stinging nettles and chickweed, herbalists widely seek out these plants. Learn the basics of herbalism and the do’s and don’ts of foraging plants with naturalist Jessica Miller before heading out on a seasonal “weed walk” around the property. We’ll harvest a few to sample their flavors in teas and culinary treats as well as make some healing salve for cuts and insect bites.

$10/person
Registration and payment due May 10.

 

Birding Paddle
Saturday, May 23, 8:00 AM

Looking for something fun to do close to home this Memorial Day weekend? Enjoy the beauty of the MHNC lowland forest and its bird inhabitants during the spring. This will be a guided paddle through the flooded forests and ponds along the Wolf River. We will launch and take out from the nature center property. Bring your own canoe/kayak and paddling gear. Binoculars are available to borrow from us or bring your own. A cookout lunch will be provided following the paddle.

$12/person
Registration and payment due May 15.

 

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

 

 

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