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For information about Horicon Marsh, contact:
Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area
N7725 Hwy 28
Horicon WI 53032

Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor CenterGoals

In the development of educational efforts at Horicon Marsh, we first built an Education Program, and have now built an appropriate and comprehensive Education Center to house these programs and services. The goal of our education program is this:

To encourage visitors to develop a better understanding and appreciation of wildlife, the ecology of the natural systems that support them and the management practices conducted to benefit all wildlife.

This program will strive to instill a "Land Ethic" in the minds of many people it comes in contact with.

Fifty years ago, one of Wisconsin's great ecologists and educators, Aldo Leopold, first proposed the concept of a Land Ethic. Ethics are rules of conduct for a society. We have developed ethics regarding how we treat other people, but have yet to develop an ethic of how we should treat land. As land use today becomes an ever-increasingly important issue, this Education Center and its program provides the focus for wise decisions about resource use.

We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we begin to see land as a community to which we belong we may begin to treat it with love and respect. - Aldo Leopold

The goal of this Education Program then is to work with our neighbors - those who live throughout the Rock River watershed which surrounds this marsh - to develop a sustainable land use policy and practices which protect the marsh and its wildlife while maintaining the human community and economy that lies within the watershed and the Horicon neighborhood.

Aldo Leopold

This grand goal and the necessary relationship which we will strive to develop among our visitors and neighbors will result in long-term benefits to this marsh and those who live by it - as it has always provided for the people who depend on the marsh. It will also benefit the millions of people who come here to visit and learn about the marsh and its management programs.

Additionally, if we should succeed in developing and defining a "Land Ethic" which sustains ourselves and the land on which we live, our work will serves as a model from which others can learn to sustain their own portions of the global environment which we all share.

Last revised: Wednesday July 29 2015