Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center

The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is open daily. Pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic areas around the center. Be sure to stop inside and view the Horicon Marsh Story in the auditorium. Check out the new interactive exhibits and Children's Discovery Area. Looking for memorabilia from your trip to Horicon Marsh, stop in The Flyway Gift Shop. Our friendly volunteers and DNR staff are here to help with brochures, maps, and questions you may have during your visit. Access to restrooms and a drinking fountain are available daily from 6 am to 7 pm.
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Horicon Marsh Explorium

Visitors have a unique opportunity to travel through time as they explore some of the 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. Today, guests of Horicon Marsh's Explorium can get a glimpse of life at Horicon Marsh thousands of years before European settlement and witness how the current wetland came to be. The experience is narrated by a Clovis point arrowhead, that keeps visitors company throughout the journey as they view, listen to, touch, and even smell exhibits that document the changes to the marsh over time.
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Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

Horicon Marsh is a shallow, peat-filled lake bed scoured out of limestone by the Green Bay lobe of the massive Wisconsin glacier. The glacier entered this area about 70,000 years ago and receded about 12,000 years ago. The same layer of rock that forms the gentle hills to the east of the marsh extends 500 miles to the east and is the same rock layer over which the Niagara River plunges at Niagara Falls. This Niagara Escarpment bordering the marsh, commonly referred to as "The Ledge" extends for 230 miles in the state of Wisconsin alone. The marsh itself is approximately 14 miles long and ranges from 3-5 miles in width.
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Marsh Haven

Marsh Haven Nature Center is located at the north end of the famous Horicon Marsh, just 3.5 miles east of Waupun, Wisconsin on Highway 49. Their non-profit, all-volunteer, community supported center features displays and exhibits that help depict the history and wildlife of Horicon Marsh.

In addition, they also have an Art Gallery where a diverse collection of wildlife art, and beautiful wildlife photography is on display; a classroom/meeting room with full kitchen access for your teaching and meetings needs; outdoor amphitheater and indoor theater with large television and screen; bunkhouse/lodge for overnight adventures, and the only observation tower, campfire and camping accommodations on the Horicon Marsh.

Wildlife feeding stations are located on either side of the Gift Shop, and visitors often see a variety of birds up close. In 20 years of operation, volunteers have met visitors from all fifty states in the USA, and about 90 foreign nations! Free maps are provided to help visitors enjoy Horicon Marsh.

Marsh Haven Nature Center offers unique environmental education programs with a focus on experiential, hands-on learning. We base our programming on the philosophy of place-based learning and the resources of Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle; Jon Young, tracker and founder of the Wilderness Awareness School; and principles from the Art of Mentoring and Coyote Teaching.

W104145 State Hwy 49
Waupun, WI 53963
Open Mid-April to Late November
Weekdays: Noon-4 pm
Weekends: 9 am-4 pm
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