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Horicon Marsh has everything you need for summertime fun

Contact(s): Liz Herzmann, DNR wildlife conservation educator, 920-387-7893
June 20, 2019 at 2:17:41 pm

HORICON, Wis. - With a nearly endless variety of outdoor and indoor activities for adults and families, Horicon Marsh is the perfect spot for summer fun. Join a morning birding hike, bring the little ones to a story time, learn about wild edible dehydrating or sign up for a sunset paddle. Embrace summer and time with family by visiting the glaciers in the Explorium at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.

Morning Birding Hike - Photo credit: DNR
Morning Birding HikePhoto credit: DNR

June 20: Stories at the Marsh: Gaggle of Geese 10-11am. Come learn about the words we use to refer to animals in a group through stories and a craft. Ages 1-6.

June 22: Horicon Marsh Paddle 7:30am-1pm. Canoe or kayak the Canoe Trail at the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area. Talk with interpreters stationed throughout the marsh to learn more! Contact 920-387-7893 for more details at [EXIT DNR]. Free shuttle.

June 25: Little Otters: Wonderful Water 10-11:30am. Prepare to get wet! We'll explore fingers-first what floats above and moves beneath the surface of the marsh. Dress to be outdoors. You may want to bring an extra pair of clothes. Best for children 4-7.

June 27: Marsh After Dark 8:30-9:30pm. Join a naturalist on this night hike to discover wildlife after-hours. Dress to be outdoors. Best for people of all ages. Pre-registration required, limit 50.

July 9: Back to Basics: Ultimate Camouflage 10-11:30am. How do animals stay hidden? Wear your best camouflage to find out. Come play hide and seek in the woods; natural face paint will be provided! Dress to be outdoors, including sunscreen and insect spray. Best for children 7-11.

July 9: Morning Birding Hike 7-10am. Grab your binoculars and discover Mud Lake Wildlife Area in Dodge County. Depending on water levels, we will cross over the Beaver Dam river to bird at Waterloo Quartzite Outcrop State Natural Area. We will explore many habitats, including riverine floodplain marsh and old growth oak-hickory forests, working together to build a checklist for this SNA. DNR Staff Jeff Bahls and Erinn Kronebusch will lead a hike that is excellent for birders of all levels. Binoculars will be available for loan.

Directions: From the intersection of County Rd. J and County Rd. G in Reeseville, head south for two miles on County Rd. G. Turn east onto Mud Lake Rd., continuing for one mile as it turns south, until the Mud Lake Rd. Parking Lot, where we will meet. If using GPS, coordinates: 43.274801, -88.838091

July 11: Stories at the Mash: Dragonflies 10-11am. Did you know that the dragonfly is one of the fastest flying insects in the world? Let's find out more about the dragonflies through stories, activities and a walk on the boardwalk. Ages 1-6.

July 12: Horicon Marsh Sunset Paddle 6:30-8:30pm. Enjoy the night sounds and colorful sunset on the marsh. Pre-registration required and $15 fee. Friends members free! Contact Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893 for information. Register at [EXIT DNR]. Limit 20.

July 16: Little Otters: Nature Treasures 10-11:30am. Join us for an all-natural scavenger hunt! Bring back what you find, and we'll fill up our natural jar of wonder! Dress to be outdoors, including sunscreen and insect spray. Best for children 4-7.

July 16: Rooted at Horicon: Wild Dehydrating 6:00-8:00pm. Gain the skills to preserve food for your next adventure or just the upcoming winter. We will demonstrate dehydrating fresh herbs, fruits and berries, custom tea blends and even healthy dog treats. Take home scores of dehydrated goodies and the wisdom to preserve your own garden or farmer's market goodies! Pack your walking shoes for a short hike to search for common wild edibles at Horicon Marsh. Must be 18 years or older; limit of 12 participants. Pre-registration and non-refundable $15 fee required. Register at [EXIT DNR]. Contact Jennifer Wirth or Amy Meyer at (920) 387-7889 with questions.

July 17: Evening Birding Hike 6:30-8:30pm. Grab your binoculars and meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center for a birding hike led by Jeff Bahls. Excellent for beginning and experienced birders! Please arrive early if you need to check out free binoculars from the front desk.

July 18: Archery 10-11:30am. Opportunity to use NASP equipment for target archery. Equipment will be provided; please arrive on time to receive safety instructions. Best for children ages 5 and up.

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: Thursday, June 20, 2019

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