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.
Last Modified: 1/23/15

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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.

Winter Tree Detectives
Thursday, March 19, 5:30-7:30 pm

In Winter, trees become more mysterious to us without their leaves. But they still hold clues to their identity in their twigs, cones, seeds, bark, location and shape. Knowing our tree neighbors' names makes them more familiar and personal to us. It's the essential first step to learning more: whether a tree is a native or invasive, a source of food and shelter to birds, susceptible to certain pests, or good for woodworking. The class will be presented by Matt Watkeys, forester for Marquette and Alger County Conservation Districts. An introductory discussion will take place inside the Center, followed by the outside learning portion of the class. The program charge is $5 for an individual and $10 for a family-up to four. Meet at the Center 30 minutes early if you want to rent snowshoes for $5 for the event. Call 249-8924 or email for questions or information.


MSU Extension 4-H Environmental & Outdoor Education Workshops
5:30 pm-9 pm, Various Dates and Locations (see below)

Workshops for K-12 teachers, 4-H volunteers, and youth leaders, sponsored by Michigan State University Extension 4-H. Discover how to incorporate environmental education (EE) into your lessons and activities with youth. The opportunities & challenges will inspire you to be a difference maker in our changing world. This workshop is a hands-on, experiential format. You will be a participant; not a recipient. However, you will leave with more knowledge & valuable resource materials that will help you teach youth to help make our world a better place to live! A small meal and beverages are included! Cost: $20.00 (some scholarships are available, check with your local 4-H council). Presenter: Nick Baumgart, Extension Educator, Environmental/Outdoor Education & Shooting Sports. For information contact Nick Baumgart, 906-774-0363 or Download flyer & registration form.

Workshop Dates and Locations:
March 1 - Luce County MSUE Office (register by 3/6)
March 23 - Marquette County, Moosewood Nature Center (register by 3/19)
March 30 - Gogebic County, Lindquist Center Gogebic Community College (register by 3/26)


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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