Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Cecropia Moth!

A kind stranger brought us a Cecropia Moth cocoon last year and we overwintered it, then placed it in a bush this Spring. Last week - during a big thunderstorm - look who appeared!

This is a female Cecropia Moth and we were utterly delighted to meet her. She was trying to dry her wings in the rain, so staff helped her to a sheltered spot where she could be dry. By morning, there was a mate!

Please visit the facebook page to see the full photo album! HERE

Cecropia Moths are the biggest in North America. The moths only live for a few days - they do not even eat! They mate and lay eggs. The entire life span from egg to caterpillar to cocoon to moth is one full year. Here is a great article that talks more about these amazing creatures!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Romantic Moonlight Walk - This Saturday

ROMANTIC MOONLIGHT WALK is this Saturday at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. This fun event is a great way to spend time with your sweetie and one of the few times you can visit MMNC after dark! The lantern-lit boardwalk is worth seeing! This year, we're asking for a $10/couple suggested donation. Everyone is welcome!

Romantic Moonlight Walk at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center 
Saturday, 14 June 2014, 9-11 PM.  FREE! Wrap up your special evening with the one you love at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center for a romantic moonlight walk on the boardwalk! Stroll hand-in-hand in the moonlight, stop under the “kissing tree,” make a wish at the wishing well, and dance in the barn! The walk is open from 9-11 PM. Couples are greeted by a staff member and then enjoy the lantern-lit boardwalk at their own pace. This event is not appropriate for children and will be cancelled in inclement weather, including high winds. No registration is required. FREE with a suggested donation $10 per couple to support the nature center operations.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Come and enjoy a Puppet Show at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center with
Adam Swartz Puppets! This is one of our favorite shows, so if you haven't seen it, don't miss your chance!

"My Unbelievable Aquatic Adventure!" 
Join us on Saturday, May 31 at 3:30 pm at MMNC.  
Only $5/person, kids age 4 and under are free!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"Explore" the "Gross Outdoors" at Camp this Summer!

Space is still available in the "Outdoor Explorer" and "Gross Outdoor" camps at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.

And NEW THIS YEAR - Kids MURAL CAMP! Young artists will learn how to plan and paint a mural by painting the nature center garage with a kid-designed mural. Sign up today!

Dates, grades, and costs available HERE.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Snapping Turtle Visits the School Kids at MMNC

We had a visitor this morning, sitting right beside the path to the office! Two busloads of school children got to look at the turtle before we returned her to where we found her. We're keeping an eye open to be sure she crosses the road safely, if that is the way she plans to go. Our neighbors reported seeing several moving away from the marsh - they often lay their eggs quite way from water. Staff found a very small snapping turtle this morning also! (Please remember not to handle snapping turtles. Its best to let them be or ask for help from someone trained to handle them). Here is a great article about turtles: CLICK HERE.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Fun at Millbrook Marsh!

We had some awesome visitors today from the PSU Entomology department - Walking Sticks, Hissing Cockroaches, Dung Beetles, and a very shy Tarantula named Coconut!

Local Kindergarten students got to visit these exciting critters! What a great way to spend a gorgeous warm Spring Friday - learning about the marsh, exploring with classmates, and holding a hissing cockroach!