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


Tour de Marsh Bike & Auto Tour

Tour de Marsh Bike & Auto Tour

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Tour de Marsh is an event for outdoor enthusiasts which incorporates the beauty of the Horicon Marsh, the charm of small towns and food. Start/rest stops for cyclists and drivers will be set up along the route. A map and "Meet your Neighbors" brochure is available in advance or on the day of
the event.

Participants can start at one of these designated community stands and then proceed on their tour. Each starting/rest stop will have parking, refreshments, maps, information cards, and restrooms available. 

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.


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