Looking for fun ideas for spring break? Head to Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Discussion in 'Outdoor News' started by Wisconsin DNR News, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. By Central Office March 17, 2016

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

    HORICON, Wis. - Head to the Horicon Marsh Explorium this spring and learn more about the marsh's history, hunters (and the hunted), and enjoy a scenic hike.

    Visitors to the marsh this spring will have a unique opportunity to travel through time and explore exciting new features on display at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. Long before Horicon Marsh achieved international status as an important bird and wildlife area and a destination for outdoor recreation, glaciers carved a basin where a wetland would one day form. Horicon Marsh's Explorium provides a glimpse of life at the marsh thousands of years before European settlement.

    "The Explorium gives visitors of all ages an opportunity to look, listen, touch and even smell some of the changes the marsh has experienced," said Liz Herzmann Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife educator. "We think young visitors will especially enjoy some of the special touches including the fresh 'mammoth' scent and airboat simulator. After your Explorium experience, be sure to go out and enjoy nearly five miles of hiking trails at the education center."[​IMG]

    The Explorium is a great place to learn more about Horicon Marsh's storied history.
    Photo Credit: WDNR

    Videos and interactive displays greet guests at every turn, encouraging audiences of any age to learn more about the history and ecology of Horicon Marsh. A wooly mammoth replica represents wildlife that roamed the earth during the Ice Age and also served as an important food source for early Native Americans.

    Relics from the age of European settlement, as well as modern hunting and trapping equipment, illustrate the marsh's popularity as a waterfowl hunting site. Interactive games encourage visitors to learn about wildlife identification and gain a thrilling perspective of the management and conservation activities currently occurring on the marsh. These exhibits are just a taste of the many wildlife-related themes found within the new Explorium.

    The education center and Explorium are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will be closed Sunday, March 27 for the Easter holiday.

    The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between Horicon, Wis. and Mayville, Wis. on Hwy. 28. For hours, rates and more information about the Explorium along with 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: Thursday, March 17, 2016