Mosquito Hill Nature Center – Beautiful Day To Explore

Mosquito Hill Nature Center

Mosquito Hill Nature center is a beautiful place to walk the trails. Yesterday was the perfect day to explore. It was 77 degrees. That is the first 70s we have seen in a very long time. It wasn’t to hot and it wasn’t humid, so it was perfect.

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The nature center is open year round. It sits on 430 acres that is adjacent to the Wolf River. If you hike to the top of the hill, you will get a gorgeous view of Outgamie County and surrounding counties. It’s a beautiful site as we have gone to the top of the hill. The best time to go is in fall when the colors are peaking. It is said that it is on an old Indian Burial Mound. However, when I google Indian Burial Mounds I don’t see that come up. So I am not sure how true it is. I can say that there have been many indian arrow heads found with in a mile of the premises. They date back as far as 7,000 years ago.

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We spent some times indoors looking at the exhibits. The exhibits were really neat and their were some hands-on activities that my daughter could do. The first place we stopped was at the turtles. They were small and the little indoor pond they had was open. The painted turtle seemed to be very friendly and following my daughter back and forth as she moved by the exhibit. I love when the animals do that. She watched the turtle for a while.

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Then we stopped at the big window to see what birds were at the feeders. We ended up seeing a little chipmunk feeding off the ground, a grey squirrel, and a red squirrel. We watched them for a little bit. We also saw a female cardinal. We also have those in yard as well as the bright red males.

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We explored other areas in the building. This was a no peek box. You had to put your hand inside and pull things out. My daughter also got to make different animal tracks in the sand. The pictures for that didn’t come out well. I loved her curiosity asking what is this.

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We explored the pond room. A lot of their exhibits were closed. These are a couple of tree frogs. There were other frogs that were in the exhibits as well. My daughter loved to watch each one. There was one we had to find and it was peeking out from a enclosed rock.

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These were the indian arrowheads I mentioned earlier. We also seen a piece of wood that dates back to the glacier period in Wisconsin. Looked just like a tree and not any different. I thought this was really neat to see the different types of arrowheads that were found.

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Lastly we had spent time in the gift shop. We are creating a butterfly garden outside the front area of our house. There was several different kinds of milk weed. So I had to ask which ones would grow good in our area. We picked up a couple packets. I am going to mix the seeds in sand and put them in the fridge for 6 weeks and then plant them. I was told it would speed up germination. Now we won’t get the beautiful flowers though until next year but still that is better then nothing. We are also going to get a butterfly kit where we can grow them from caterpillars and release them in to the wild.

I found a really neat phamplet type that had pictures of different bugs in our area. Since my daughter loves to look at bugs. At least we will be able to identify them. We also bought a magnifine glass and a box that magnifies as well. My daughter picked out a butterfly net and a couple masks for her and her brother.

We didn’t get to do much hiking because I didn’t have the right shoes on for that and our original plan was to go to the zoo. However, the zoo was only open on Saturdays and Sundays. My daughter had a blast still. She didn’t like the asian beetles though. She would stop in her tracks and almost cry until her Daddy came to the rescue to carry her away. Not sure why she was so afraid.

If you are in the New London, WI area, I highly suggest stopping by Mosquito Hill to check out the trails. It’s absolutely a gorgeous place.

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