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

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.

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Fall 2014 MooseWood News
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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.

Birds of Prey Programs at NMU Jamrich Hall
Friday, April 17, 4 pm, 5:30 pm and 7 pm

Join us as we welcome Bart from the Northwoods Wildlife Recovery Center and Jerry from the Chocolay Raptor Center for an afternoon of live Birds of Prey education at NMU's New Jamrich Hall Room 1322. Northwoods Wildlife Recovery Center programs will be at 4 and 7 pm; Chocolay Raptor Center program at 5:30 pm. There will also be opportunities to win raffle prizes from local businesses. Recommended Donations: Adults $6, Students $5, and Kids (under 10)/Seniors(55+): $3. Questions: Email Maggie Hartman at MooseWood Nature Center would like to thank the NMU Wildlife Society for hosting this program to raise money for nature education at MooseWood.


MooseWood 2015 Annual Meeting
Featuring “Eighty Acres & Interdependence”

Friday, April 17, 6 pm

MooseWood Nature Center's 2014 Annual Meeting will be held at the nature Center at Presque Isle on Friday, April 17, starting at 6 pm. A brief business meeting will be presented along with the latest news and events at MooseWood Nature Center. Chris Burnett will present "Eighty Acres & Interdependence." The presentation will touch on Burnett's day job as executive director of the U.P. Land Conservancy, but it is mostly about what goes on at his homestead on Big Creek. It shows the connections between his homesteading activities and the native flora and fauna as he attempts to live in a way that enhances the ecosystem he is a part of. Open to the public.


MooseWood Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 18, 1-4 pm

Come celebrate Earth Day with us! There will be crafts, activities, informational booths and raffle prizes. Let's take the day to celebrate and appreciate Mother Earth. All ages welcome. Events include: Face-painting, Seed bombs, Raffle prizes and more! Sponsored by: MooseWood Nature Center and the NMU Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management Program. Donations provided by: Revolutions and Downwind Sports.


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


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 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."


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: or call or text (906) 251-1723. You can also learn more at


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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 for more information. Download schedule/registration form and flyer.

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


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


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 website.


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


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


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

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Location: Shiras Pool Building at Presque Isle Park, Marquette
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 773, Marquette, MI 49855
Email: Phone: (906) 228-6250

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