Serving Marquette Co., Michigan with Nature Programs, Exhibits & Outdoor Activities
Upcoming Activities

Hours:
Saturday-Sunday, Noon–4 pm
and by special request

Unless noted, programs are free to members and meet at our center at Presque Isle Park.

Members receive discounts for birthday parties and summer day camp.

MooseWood Nature Center is an independent, non-profit organization supported by memberships, donations and grants.

Memberships: Show your support for nature and environmental education & receive our quarterly newsletter by becoming a member.

Most programs are suitable for all ages -- children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Outdoor programs are subject to cancellation for inclement weather.

Download our Fall Newsletter:
Fall 2014 MooseWood News
(600k PDF requires Adobe Reader)

For the latest information on MooseWood, join our email news list by sending a message to newslist-subscribe@moosewood.org

MooseWood provides programs for schools and groups. Contact us to receive a newsletter and program guide.
Mission: To celebrate nature through education and action
in the Upper Peninsula.
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Unless noted, all programs are free to members and meet at (or carpool from) our center at Presque Isle Park. Donations from participants are always appreciated.
For more information on programs, call 228-6250.

Our Michigan Bats and White-Nose Syndrome
Wednesday, May 27, 7 pm

Occupying almost every habitat in the world, bats eat tons of insects every night, spreading seeds and pollinating our flowers. They are our most important natural predators eating our night-flying insects such as mosquitoes, moths and beetles. Michigan's Little Brown Bat can eat 600 to 1,000 mosquitoes an hour! Not only are some of these insects pests to humans, many of these insects are pests to our crops and forests and can spread disease to humans and livestock. Bats save us billions of dollars in free pest control simply by eating them. Bat numbers in the U.S. and Canada have declined dramatically as a new disease, White-Nose Syndrome, has killed over 6 million bats in just six years. White-nose Syndrome, found in New York in 2006 and currently affecting six of our nine Michigan bat species, is a serious emerging disease. Bill Scullon, Wildlife Biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will discuss the importance of our bats, and their plight with White-Nose Syndrome. Suggested donation of $5/person or $10/family up to four. For more information, email info@moosewood.org.

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Pull and Plant at MooseWood Nature Center
Saturday, May 30, 2-5 pm

We are inviting everyone to come by and help us pull invasive species from our pond area and plant new pollinator gardens to attract and benefit the bees and butterflies. Children are welcome!

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Make Your Own “Seed Bombs” Out of Recycled Paper
Saturday, June 6, 12 pm - 2 pm

Making seed bombs is a great garden project for gardeners of all ages. Accredited to a Japanese farmer who developed the basic formula of mixing a growing medium with native seeds. The balls can be sown in a “natural farming” method where soil tilling isn’t necessary. The seed balls are thrown or laid on the soil and nature’s rains dissolve them to reveal and germinate the seeds. Participants may bring their own recycled paper, native seeds or embelishments and a recycled egg carton for carrying your seed bombs home. Donations appreciated.

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Moosewood Nature Center kicks off an online crowdfunding campaign to finance exciting upgrades
Begins Monday, March 30

Moosewood is excited to announce plans to make major improvements to our center. These improvements include a large indoor aquatic/land turtle habitat, a new floor, new displays and exhibits, and an interactive iPad kiosk. To make this project happen Moosewood needs the community's support. For this reason a crowdfunding campaign at indiegogo.com will go live on Monday, March 30th. The campaign is titled "Upgrading Moosewood Nature Center." Moosewood needs to raise $3500 to complete the improvements. Moosewood has lined up skilled volunteers to complete the work at no charge. The funds needed will cover material costs. The project is scheduled to be finished before Moosewood's 1st annual birding festival on Memorial Day Weekend.

Jeremy Misale, from Moosewood's board of directors says: "We want Moosewood to be a destination site. Our hope is for tourists to want to spend time here and for local residents to want to keep coming back. We're confident this project will help us accomplish this."

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Nature Explore® Families’ Club at Moosewood

Moosewood Nature Center is happy to announce our Nature Explore® Families’ Club. The mission of the club is to inspire children and their families to connect with the natural world. The club is specifically designed for children ages three to eight but has been used with ages two to 12. Older and younger siblings are always welcome!

The Club is only available to MooseWood Nature Center members at no extra charge beyond their membership. The club meets at Moosewood for about an hour, one Saturday a month for an adventure activity. These activities are designed to gently guide families in joyful and meaningful interactions with nature.

Extensive research has shown that connecting children with nature brings many benefits. These include: increased math and science skills, strengthened powers of observation and imagination, enhanced motor skills (including balance, coordination, and agility), improved concentration even among children with ADD, and an increased sense of wonder, inspiring life-long learning.

For more information on the Club or to sign up please contact Jeremy by email at: jeremy@moosewood.org or call or text (906) 251-1723. You can also learn more at www.natureexplore.org.

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IMMERSE: Where Science & Art Intersect
September 2014 - June 2015

4H, MooseWood Nature Center and NMU invite you to IMMERSE! Each month IMMERSE offers four 2.5 hour seminars for kids 8 and older. All sessions occur on Thursdays at 1-3:30 pm or similar time designated by session expert. Contact immerse@superiorsustainability.org for more information. Download schedule/registration form and flyer.

IMMERSE Topics:
Life of the Great Lakes II: Row & Go Below the Surface of Superior, at Founder's Landing, Sept. 11, 18, 25, 26*
Phenology Journal I: Explore Unique U.P. Ecosystems, at Moosewood, Oct. 2*, 9*, 16, 23
Wool & Silk: Felt with Wool and Silk, Location TBD, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and Dec. 4
Genes, Microbes & Things Unseen: Get Microscopic, at NMU, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29
Film Analysis: Sneak Behind the Scenes, at Hummell's House, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
Muscle, Memory, Mind & Body: Delve into the Science & Art of the Human Body, Location TBD, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26
Phenology Journal II: Spring into U.P. Ecosystems, at Moosewood, Apr. 2, 9*, 16*, 23
Bird & Beast: Appreciate U.P. Fur, Feathers & Exoskeletons, location TBD, May 7*, 14*, 21, 28
Performance: Practice & Perform, at History Museum 6/20, Ore Dock 6/21, June 4, 11, 16, 18, 20, 21
*indicates field trip(s) and possible overtime

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Program Survey

Please take a moment to answer eight questions to help MooseWood get a better idea of the kinds of programs you'd like us to present. Thank you. MooseWood Program Survey at Survey Monkey

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Steve Todey, explorer, photographer and producer, made a video introduction to MooseWood Nature Center. View it, along with other videos about Marquette, at Steve's ExploringYourPlanet.com website.

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Call for New Board Members!

If you would like to take an active role in shaping the future of MooseWood, join us as a Board Member. The organization is looking for volunteer Board Members that are engaged and excited about the Nature Center and believe in its mission.

Ideal candidates bring strengths in one or more of the following areas:

  • Fund-raising
  • Community Outreach
  • Building the Membership Base
  • Program Planning
  • Advocacy

Download a simple application and submit to:
Board of Directors, MNC, P.O. Box 773, Marquette, MI
or send a letter of interest to info@moosewood.org.

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Support MooseWood's live animal exhibits --
Adopt-a-Critter Makes a Great Holiday Gift!

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Unless noted, programs meet at MooseWood. For info or registration call 228-6250.

For the latest information on MooseWood activities,
join our email news list by sending a message to
newslist-subscribe@moosewood.org
Location: Shiras Pool Building at Presque Isle Park, Marquette
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 773, Marquette, MI 49855
Email: info@moosewood.org Phone: (906) 228-6250

Hours:
Saturday–Sunday, Noon–4 pm

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