Mequon Nature Preserve Winter Frolic – February 8th, 2014

WinterFrolic2014_4On Saturday, February 8 from 10-4 p.m., Mequon Nature Preserve will host its second annual Winter Frolic, offering extended parking and hours. This celebration of winter is a FREE event for people of all ages.

Indoor events begin at 10 a.m. and include the PortFish Winter Farmer’s Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; story time with Joyce at 10:30 a.m.; a 12:30 p.m. cooking class with Outpost’s Judy Meyer; and classes throughout the day on how to layer for outdoor activities by REI. The marketplace will sell rain barrels, apparel and more, as well as offer children’s activities by Glaze. Enjoy music compliments of The Verdict.

Outdoor activities run from noon to 4 p.m. and include kid’s ice fishing, sleigh rides, tractor wagon rides, snowshoeing, a bonfire, chainsaw carving and more.

Goals of the event are to share the joys of being outdoors during winter, reconnect guests with the natural world through hands on experiences, and to have fun!

Special thanks to event sponsors REI, North Shore Bank, Robert W. Baird, THIEL Design, PortFish Ltd and Glaze. Although this is a free event, individual, organizational and corporate donations are welcome.

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Mequon Nature Preserve (MNP) is 438 acres of woodlands, wetlands, prairies and open fields. It is free and open to the public daily. Visitors come from throughout the region to engage in environmental science programs and nature-based recreation activities such as hiking, bird watching and cross country skiing. Its primary building is the PieperPower Education Center, a multi-use classroom and conference facility used to host MNP’s free science-based field trips.

MNP’s mission is to be a guiding example of restoration by returning an urban/suburban area to pre-European settlement conditions and to establish an environmental education conservancy and natural habitat that inspires exploration and cultivates stewardship, encouraging visitors to get off the path.

For additional information, contact:
Kay Amland, Director of Development, 262.242.8055 x101

Winter Frolic
Saturday, February 8th, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mequon Nature Preserve
8200 W. County Line Road
Mequon, WI 53097

Schedule of Events

Port Washington Winter Farmer’s Market – 10:00 am-1:00 pm
~ Featuring winter veggies, chess, apples, baked goods, honey, candy, chocolate, glass jewelry, wood products, wool products, rain barrels, T-shirts and more! ~

  • 10:30 am – Story Time with Mequon Celebrity Joyce
  • 10:00-1:00pm – Kids crafts with glaze Pottery
  • 10:00-4:00pm – FOOD!! ~Brats, Grilled Cheese, Mac & Cheese, BBQ and Chinese!
  • 12:00-4:00pm – Sleigh Rides through a restored prairie, provided by Kettle Moraine Carriages . No Tickets Needed!
  • 12:00-4:00 pm Tractor Rides to the tower and back, provided by Country Aire Rides . No Tickets Needed!
  • 12:30pm – Cooking demonstrations by Outpost Natural Foods
  • 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, & 3:15pm Layering Winter Gear by REI
  • 12:00-4:00 pm – Bon Fire, Ice Fishing, Snow Shoeing, and MORE!

Additional Parking and Shuttle service provided by All Tran Busing.

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