Horicon Marsh in August: Wild eats, blooms, geocaching, butterfly crafts, archery, fishing...

Discussion in 'Outdoor News' started by Wisconsin DNR News, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. By Central Office July 29, 2016

    Contact(s): Liz Hermann, DNR wildlife conservation educator, 920-387-7893

    Make August your fun, free month at Horicon Marsh and learn what plants are tasty treats, how to shoot arrows, fish or identify birds, do geocaching, make butterfly crafts or walk with a Department of Natural Resources conservation warden to learn about this outdoor career.

    Whew! That's a lot, but there's more.

    Liz Herzmann, DNR wildlife conservation educator, says the events are free and do not require advance sign-ups. "These are cool events, great for families. Just show up," she said. "And save some time during your visit to check out the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center's new Explorium (admission fees can be found online)."

    Here's what you'll find at Horicon Marsh in August:

    August 6: 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.- Outdoor Skills Day

    Archery, birding, cooking, hunting and fishing are among the fun things to be taught by Department of Natural Resources staff and expert volunteers during the free and family-friendly August Horicon Marsh Outdoor Skills Day.

    "There will be something for everyone at this hands-on, family-friendly event," Herzmann said. "Even if you have a pretty good idea of which activities appeal to you, it can be a great learning experience for anyone with an interest in the outdoors."

    New this year is a fishing station that will includes a mock fishing trip. You get to choose the lake and species you want to fish, and then learn how to plan and execute a successful fishing trip. Also new this year is a geocaching course. GPS units will be provided.

    August 9: 10 - 11:00 a.m.- Wild Edibles of the Marsh

    To eat or not to eat, that is the question! Learn about which plants make a tasty treat and which are not so great to eat.

    August 11: 10-11 a.m. - Stories at the Marsh

    Join a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources educator for "Butterflies" themed storytelling and craft-making at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. This event is best for children ages 1-10 years old.

    August 15, 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Walk a Mile in a Warden's Shoes
    Meet a DNR conservation warden and learn how exactly they keep our natural resources safe. Great for kids of all ages.

    August 16, 10-11 a.m. - Prairie Blooms Walk
    View the prairies around the education center and learn about the different flowers and their benefits to wildlife.

    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 www.horiconmarsh.org [EXIT DNR].

    Last Revised: Friday, July 29, 2016