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

Closed for Construction Until October 3

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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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.

Closed for Construction
Until October

Currently, MooseWood is closed due to construction. We hope to have all the critters moved back in and be open to the public by October 3. Plans for the interior renovations at Moosewood Nature Center got a boost into reality recently from a WEC grant of $3000. The first stage is well under way. Our water turtles continue to enjoy their new larger habitat. We hope to complete this water/land habitat combination very soon.

Last weekend we ripped out the remaining carpet, scraped and patched the floor and washed the walls. With the help of volunteers, all the animal tanks and exhibits were moved to the back room. We also started painting the walls and plan to finish next weekend. The walls and trim will have fresh new colors in a woodsy combination of cream, chocolate brown and forest green. The new floor will be water impermeable and easily cleaned.

Board members and volunteers have been working on new floor plans for a better grouping of displays more in line with their animal families. We also plan new displays: native and invasive plants, native fish, and an interactive hands-on display for children of all ages. The renovation budget also includes a video security system, an up to date laptop and connection to the Internet. A special feature will be an interactive on-line kiosk for visitors to access more natural history knowledge.

Be sure to come by and experience the fresh, new Moosewood Nature Center in October.


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


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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