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Jump boots-first into the new year with Upcoming Events at Horicon Marsh!

By Central Office January 4, 2019

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

HORICON, Wis. - Embrace the new year at Horicon Marsh this January! Work off those holiday cookies during Walk It Off with Winter Wildlife or our weekly Morning Nature Walks. Get your little ones to the marsh to learn about winter bugs during the Stories program. Help older kids learn about wildlife and experience the outdoors during the Back to Basics youth programs. Embrace the crispness of winter nights during the ninth annual Candlelight Hike. Or visit the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center's indoor Explorium for some mitten-free amusement!

Candlelight events are fun for the whole family! - Photo credit: DNR
Candlelight events are fun for the whole family!Photo credit: DNR

Saturday, January 5, 10-11:30 a.m. - Walk it Off with Winter Wildlife

Join wildlife educators as we shed a few holiday pounds while searching for winter wildlife around the marsh! Snowshoes available if conditions permit. Free and no registration required.

Tuesday, January 8, 1-2:30 p.m. - Back to Basics: Snow Forts

Test your fort building skills and even see how warm it stays! Be sure to dress warm! Youth program.

Thursday, January 10, 10-11 a.m. - Stories at the Marsh: Winter Bugs

Come learn about insects in the winter through stories, activities and a craft.

Tuesday, January 15, 1-2:30 p.m. - Back to Basics: Do you Want to Build a Snow-Mammal?

You've built the snowman, but can you master the mammal? Dress warmly! Youth program.

Saturday, January 19, 5-9 p.m. - Candlelight Hike

Hiking by candlelight, a roaring bonfire, roasted marshmallows and warm refreshments await everyone at the ninth annual Horicon Marsh Candlelight Hike on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 from 5-9 p.m. The event is sponsored and hosted by the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and Wisconsin DNR.

Walk luminous trails: Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will line the trails with candle-powered luminaries to welcome and guide hikers. Volunteers will be on hand for assistance and information. There are two trails available. One trail is 1.5 miles and another "Family Loop" is only .36 miles. Members of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club will be on the trail conducting short owl talks and calling for owls. You can also learn about Wisconsin's mammals on the short "Family Loop" trail! Afterwards, roast your own marshmallows or grab a hot chocolate in the picnic shelter.

Explore the night sky: The Northern Cross Science Foundation astronomers will be on site to help you view the night sky through telescopes or to talk about the stars if it is cloudy.

Defrost with indoor fun: The Education Center will be open for people to warm up, view the 20-minute "Horicon Marsh Story," visit the gift shop, or have the kids do a fun craft to bring home! Warm beverages and light snacks will be available inside the center as well as a bake sale. The Flyway Gift Shop is open for shopping. The Horicon Marsh Explorium will also be open for people to learn about Horicon Marsh through these new interactive displays (fee).

Support your community: Admission to the event is free; however, please consider bringing a non-perishable food item or hats/gloves/mittens for our food drive and mitten campaign to be donated to local schools and food pantries. Multiple baskets will also be raffled off to help support the Friends group and future candlelight events.

Parking is limited: REMINDER! Parking is limited at the education center and will be prioritized for handicap and families with small children. We recommend using the shuttles. Free shuttles will be available from Mayville and Horicon from 4:30-9:30pm. The Mayville Shuttle will be located at Theiler Park. The address is N8282 County Road TW, Mayville, WI 53050. The Horicon Shuttle will be located in the Bethesda parking lot at 620 Washington St, Horicon, WI 53032.

You are welcome to bring your own snowshoes if conditions permit. Leashed pets are allowed on the trails but not in the building. For more information please call Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893 or e-mail her at

Tuesday, January 22, 1-2:30 p.m. - Back to Basics: Snowshoeing

Wear your mittens and hats-we'll check out the winter wonderland on top of the snow! All snowshoe experience levels welcome! Snowshoes will be provided. Youth Program.

Tuesday, January 29, 1-2:30 p.m. - Back to Basics: Owl Pellets

Have you ever wondered what is inside an owl's hairball? Let's find out together. Youth program.

Wednesdays, January 9-March 13, 10-11:30 a.m. - Morning Nature Walks

Need an excuse to get outside? Trying to beat those winter blues? Join a wildlife educator for some crisp air and fresh views. Length and difficulty will depend on weather and participants. Be sure to bundle up! Snowshoes provided when weather allows. January 9 - March 13.

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: Friday, January 04, 2019

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