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Head to Horicon for waterfowl, stories, stargazing, night hikes and a wild game sausage making demonstration

By Central Office October 6, 2017

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

HORICON, Wis. - Families and individuals who are searching for outdoor activities should look no further! Head to Horicon Marsh this fall for waterfowl, an archaeology festival and a wild game sausage-making demonstration! And, don't forget to check out the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center's new Explorium.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 7-8 - Where are the geese and cranes?

Drop in throughout the day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to find out where the storied Canada geese are and learn about their history at Horicon. Also, explore the majesty of the sandhill and whooping cranes that occurs at the marsh. No hikes are offered. Displays will be set up and DNR staff will be available to answer questions.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. -Waterfowl Walk

Take a walk and search for migrating waterfowl and other marsh species. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 10-11 a.m. - Stories at the Marsh: Spiders

Stories and a special craft for our young friends! Best for ages 1-10.

Buckskinners encampment.
Buckskinners encampment.
Photo Credit: DNR

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 14-15 - Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival

Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Buckskinners encampment, atlatl throwing, fire-starting, artifacts, a drum circle, expert speakers, vendors and more! Free entry.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 4-6:30 p.m. - Crane Watch

Join educators at the Palmatory Street Overlook an hour before sunset for an informative talk on the birds you see flying overhead. Staff from the International Crane Foundation will also be on hand with information. Picnic dinners encouraged. All programs are free and open to the public. 1210 N. Palmatory St., Horicon, WI.

Sunset during the fall crane watch
Sunset during the fall crane watch
Photo Credit: DNR

Saturday, Oct. 14, 5-8 p.m. - Stargazing at the Marsh

Join members of the Northern Cross Science Foundation as they view the night sky through powerful telescopes. 1210 N. Palmatory St., Horicon, WI.

Saturday, Oct. 21, 7-8 p.m. - Autumn Night Hike

Dress in your Halloween costume and enjoy a night hike on the marsh. Test your senses and uncover the truths about some mythical stories!

Buckskinners encampment.
Sausage making.
Photo Credit: DNR

Monday, Nov. 6, 6-8:30 p.m.: Wild Game Sausage Making Demo

Join UW-Madison Professor, Dr. Jeff Sindelar, as he explains how popular sausages are made and offers tips and tricks to be successful in making them in your homes. Space is limited to 50 participants and the cost is $20. Call 920-387-7893 or email elizabeth.herzmann@wisconsin.gov to register.

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 www.horiconmarsh.org [EXIT DNR].

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

Last Revised: Friday, October 06, 2017

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