NAME: Elizabeth Herzmann
Event Venue Details
Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center
Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center and Explorium are open to all visitors!
The Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area consists of the lower one-third of Horicon Marsh and is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. A Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the State Wildlife Area since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology, and applied management.
The Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center offers a beautiful large viewing area in the upper lobby along with new interactive displays and a Children’s Discovery Area. The lower level has classrooms for education programs and a hunting-cabin-themed auditorium for groups and programs. A previously unused portion of the Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center’s lower level is now interactive with hands-on exhibits known as the "Explorium." The $3.7 million area depicts the history of Horicon Marsh through eras of significant importance. You will learn about the marsh in an interactive way that makes learning fun. Construction of the new educational displays and hands-on exhibits took more than a year, and the displays occupy portions of both the first floor and lower level. An auditorium capable of seating 120 and two classrooms complete the lower level, which opens onto more than five miles of winding trails through a variety of habitats in the 11,000-acre state marsh. The Explorium encourages visitors of all ages to look, listen, touch, and even smell the changes in the marsh over many thousands of years.
Part of the nation's largest freshwater cattail marsh, the state land borders an additional 22,000 acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the history of Horicon spans some 12,000 years. As visitors walk through the new Explorium, the story of the marsh and its inhabitants stretching from the Ice Age through modern times is narrated by a talking Clovis spear point. Visitors are then encouraged to continue outside, where they can explore Horicon Marsh. For more information visit horiconmarsh.org or dnr.wi.gov and search for Horicon Marsh.
Thanks to many dedicated volunteers, the Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center is open daily, year-round, except for major holidays. Hours are M-F 9am-5pm and weekends from 10am-5pm.