We are excited to announce our annual event, “Dinner in the Woods”, in Mukwonago on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023! It is an evening of great food, fun, entertainment, fantastic silent and live auction items, music and dancing, on our picturesque grounds, under the stars. The event actively supports and receives support from local and regional businesses like East Troy and Mukwonago Chambers of Commerce, Rohrorganics, Grassway Organics, Gaver’s Pavers, etc.

At Nature’s Classroom Institute, our mission is to expand the educational scope beyond the classroom. Currently, our residential Environmental Education program sites are located in Camp Lake, WI, and across the country, in Florida, Texas, California and Maryland/D.C. where we host over 3000 students annually. We provide a tangible experience that encourages the growth of children through academics, the environment, and community awareness to achieve a holistic educational experience.

Our Montessori day school is highly respected and regarded across the country for its focus on Environment, Agriculture and authentic Montessori education. We currently serve students 2 ½ - 18 years of age, from 16 neighboring cities and towns across 4 counties.
W336 S8455 Hwy E, Mukwonago, WI 53149
Date & Time
June 3rd, 2023, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Event FAQs
What time is the event? And when does it end?
The event begins at 5:30pm and ends at 11pm, with dinner being served between 6:30 and 8pm. The Silent Auction closes at 8pm and the Live Auction and Paddle Raise take place from 8-9pm. The Live Band plays from 9-11pm.

Do I need to bring my QR code to the event? 
No, you do not need to print and bring your QR code to the event.

How do I pay for my ticket(s)/table(s)?
For online purchases: You will be able to pay with your credit card at the end of the checkout process. Please note that there will be an additional transaction fee assessed by EventCreate and Stripe.
For offline purchases: You will be able to pay for your ticket(s)/table(s) with cash or check. In order to do so, please select the option of “Pay by Cash or Check” when checking out on the EventCreate site (under Payment Method). You will see the total you owe only on the final screen of the checkout process. Because the confirmation email you receive won’t contain this information, please ensure you make a note of the amount you owe. Please follow the instructions on EventCreate on how to pay by cash or check. After one week of your registration date, if we have not received your payment we will send you an invoice reminder.

How do I know where I am sitting?
You will receive an email the day before the event with your table number.

What is the dress code?
We think of Dinner in the Woods as the kick-off to summer event! While most dress up a bit, khakis, a dress -- whatever is YOU, please be sure to dress for the weather and wear shoes that will be comfortable to move around on our beautiful lawn. It will cool as the evening goes, so bring a sweater or jacket!

Where do I park?
Through a generous donation from one of our supporters, valet parking will be provided again this year. Please pull up the driveway until you see the attendants.

What are Ticket Enhancers?
Ticket Enhancers are the way to get in on more fun throughout the evening. You can spend these at the bar (6 enhancers per drink) for the wine and egg pulls. Ticket enhancers are $2 each and sold in packs of 10 ($20).

How do I buy Ticket Enhancers? 
For online purchases: You can buy Ticket Enhancers with your credit card when you purchase your event registration ticket/table and/or up until the day of the event. Ticket enhancers are sold in the same way as tickets. Therefore, when you purchase ticket enhancers, please enter your name and email for each set of 10 you purchase.
For onsite purchases: You can buy Ticket Enhancers at the event only with cash or check.

What is a Wine Pull?

For each Wine Pull ticket you purchase (=7 ticket enhancers) you will "pull" (select) a mystery bottle of wine (valued at least at $12) to take home.

What is the Egg Pull?
For each Egg Pull ticket you purchase (=4 ticket enhancers) you have the chance to win eggs from our farm! Chicken, turkey, and duck eggs are up for your chance to win!

Are dietary restrictions accommodated?
We have vegan, vegetarian and gluten free meal options available. When your ticket or table was purchased, this may have already been selected. If you are not sure or know that it was not indicated, please email [email protected] to ensure we have this counted in our planning.

Where/How do I receive event updates?
Ticket buyers will receive periodic email updates to their registered email ID about auction items, onsite event details, etc.

How do I view auction items? 
Our auction gallery will be open for browsing on May 19th. Bidding will open on May 26th. You will be required to create an account on our online auction site (32auctions) to be able to bid. Please click here to browse and bid. Make sure all of your guests do the same.

How do I know if I won an item I was bidding on? 
The Silent Auction will close on June 3rd at 8pm. At that time, you will receive a text and/or email if you have won an item you were bidding on.

What are the checkout procedures? How do I pay for what I have won?
Checkout begins at around 9:30pm and continues until 11pm.

Silent Auction: At the end of the Silent Auction, you will receive an invoice from 32auctions either via email or text that will outline the items you won, the amount you won the items for and the total amount due.
Online Payments: We have enabled a payment feature that allows you to pay for your items via credit card, debit card or your PayPal account. To extend your donation, you will be able to opt in to pay the transaction fee of 5.5% plus an $0.80 per transaction fee (this includes the 32auctions fee as well as the PayPal fee).
Cash/Check: Please pay at checkout counter.
Once you have paid, please proceed to collect your item. If you are not present at the live event, please check the instructions on 32auctions for shipping or collection information.

Live Auction and Paddle Raise
Online Payments: You will receive an invoice that allows you to pay for your item via credit card, debit card or PayPal account. To extend your donation, you will be able to opt in to pay the transaction fee.
Cash/Check: Please pay at checkout counter.

What can I do to make my checkout process go smoothly?  
  • Have your 32auctions invoice pulled up on your phone. 
  • If possible, make your payments online. 
  • If you have won more than 2 items, please consider paying and collecting your items when checkout begins at around 9:30 pm.  

Can I collect items I have won at a later date, or can they be shipped to me? 
Yes! You may collect your items from Nature’s Classroom Institute Montessori School at S336 W8455 HWY E, Mukwonago, WI 53149 between Monday June 5th through Wednesday June 7th between 9am and 3pm. If you would like your items shipped to you, additional shipping costs will apply.

 Join us on June 3rd
We look forward to hosting you!

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