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Head to Horicon in August for an Outdoor Skills Day, stories, archery and geocaching

By Central Office July 26, 2017

Contact(s): Liz Herzmann, DNR wildlife conservation educator, 920-387-7893

HORICON, Wis. - Families and individuals who are searching outdoor summer activities should look no further! Head to Horicon Marsh this summer for an outdoor skills day, archery and geocaching! And, don't forget to check out the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center's new Explorium.

Thursday, July 27, 10-11 a.m. - Stories at the Marsh

Join a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources educator for a "What's for Dinner?" themed storytelling and craft-making session at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. This event is best for children ages 1-10 years old.

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 10-11a.m. - Micro Hike

It's the world's shortest hike! Come with us to discover the microscopic wonders that you never knew existed at Horicon Marsh - this activity is part of Horicon's youth program.

Saturday, Aug. 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Outdoor Skills Day

Archery, birding, cooking, hunting and fishing are among the fun things to be taught by Department of Natural Resources staff and expert volunteers during the free and family-friendly Horicon Marsh Outdoor Skills Day. No registration is required - this event is suitable for any age group.

"There will be something for everyone at this hands-on, family-friendly event," said Liz Herzmann, Horicon wildlife educator. "Even if you have a pretty good idea of which activities appeal to you, it can be a great learning experience for anyone with an interest in the outdoors."

The Horicon Bowmen and the DNR are proud to offer an archery camp at this year's event using National Archery in the Schools Program equipment. In addition, attendees can watch a cast iron cook in action and taste delicious treats, all prepared over the campfire. Members of the Wisconsin Trappers Association will have a booth with pelts, traps and information for anyone who is interested in learning more about regulated trapping. Certified hunter safety instructors will be available with firearm action sets to demonstrate proper firearm use and safety. Climb into a harness and learn about tree stand safety.

Expert birders will be on hand to show the basics of binocular use. Then, you can put those skills to action on a bird scavenger hunt.

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. - Geocaching

Join DNR staff in the most popular technology based scavenger hunt. GPS units provided. All ages welcome. Learn GPS basics and then go in search of geocaches hidden around the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area.

The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between Horicon and Mayville on Highway 28. For a detailed list of all Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center special events, please visit the Friends of Horicon Marsh website at [EXIT DNR].

For more information regarding Horicon Marsh education programs, contact Liz Herzmann, DNR educator, at 920-387-7893.

Last Revised: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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