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.


N7725 Highway 28, Horicon, WI


  • Family-Friendly
  • On-Site Parking


Morning Nature Walks

Morning Nature Walks

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

These relaxed, guided walks will explore marsh flora and fauna while taking in the stunning views on the marsh. Length and difficulty will depend upon participants. Meeting location will vary; check website/Facebook for updates. Every Wednesday, June 19-August 21, except July 3.

We hope to see you at many of the events that the education center has to offer. All events are subject to change. Free and open to the public. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located on Hwy. 28 between the cities of Horicon and Mayville. For more information please call Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893 or e-mail her at elizabeth.herzmann@wisconsin.gov.

Horicon Marsh Paddle

Horicon Marsh Paddle

Saturday, June 22, 2019

On Saturday, June 22, from 7:30 to 1:00 p.m. you can join fellow outdoor enthusiasts at Horicon Marsh to paddle the six and a half mile water trail through Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' wildlife staff will be on hand to help guide you through while educating you about the wildlife of the marsh as you make your way downstream through Horicon Marsh into the Rock River.

Features of the day are the 6.5 mile trail at the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area, listening and talking to wildlife staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who will be posted at various stopping places along the canoe/kayak trail, a free shuttle back to your vehicle, help loading and unloading your vessel, and free parking. The trail starts at the Green Head Boat Landing and ends at Nebraska St. Landing in Horicon. The DNR wildlife staff will briefly cover topics related to the marsh's wildlife and will be available for any other questions. DNR staff will also be along the route in an airboat to show people one of the many management tools that are used on Horicon Marsh. This is a great opportunity to talk with experts and learn from some of the people that work at the marsh every day. Also, restroom facilities will be available at the beginning and end of the trail. If you have your own canoe or kayak, a free shuttle will be provided by Johnson Bus. It will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from Nebraska Street Boat Landing in Horicon back to your vehicle at Green Head Boat Landing.

For trail maps or other paddle Horicon Marsh information, contact 920-387-7893 or go to www.horiconmarsh.org. GPS coordinates for Greenhead boat landing are N43 30 19.5 W088 35 31.3 and physical address is N8600 Green Head Road, Horicon, WI 53032. If you would like to participate but don't have your own vessel, you can rent one at Horicon Marsh Boat Tours in Horicon. For your convenience, Horicon Marsh Boat Tours will be running their own shuttles to the launch site at Greenhead for an additional fee. To inquire about canoe or kayak rental, contact Blue Heron Boat Landing at 920-485-4663 or visit www.horiconmarsh.com.


Check out this gorgeous sunset caught by our trail camera on August 4, 2012!

Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center
8/6/2012 06:09:39 PM via Facebook

Check out the new native prairie garden that was planted outside the Education Center!

Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center
8/1/2012 03:23:21 PM via Facebook