Enjoy the Holidays in Dodge County...
Dodge County has many events and shopping experiences for you during the holidays. Come enjoy the quaint and charming stores and find those gifts you are looking for...or consider taking a little time out of your busy schedule and enjoy a Christmas concert or a cookie walk. Dodge County is holiday get-a-way! Happy Holidays!
Hiking and snowshoeing by candlelight, a roaring bonfire, roasted marshmallows and warm refreshments await couples, singles and families at the 5th Annual Horicon Marsh Candlelight Hike/Snowshoe on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 from 6-9 p.m.
The event is sponsored and hosted by the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and Wisconsin DNR. The Education Center will be open for people to warm up, view the 20 minute “Horicon Marsh Story”, visit the gift shop, or have the kids do a fun craft to bring home! There are also snacks available for purchase and the Flyway Gift Shop is open for shopping.
The Northern Cross Science Foundation astronomers will be on site to help you view the night sky through telescopes or to talk about the stars if it is cloudy. Members of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club will be on the trail conducting short owl talks and calling for owls. You can also learn about Wisconsin’s mammals on the short “Family Loop” trail! Warm beverages and light snacks will be for sale inside the center as well as a bake sale. New this year, hot chocolate will be available outside in the new picnic shelter.
Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will line the trails with luminaries to welcome and guide hikers and snowshoers. Volunteers will be on hand for assistance and information. There are two trails available. One trail is 1.5 miles and another “Family Loop” is only .36 miles.
Hiking and snowshoeing are free to the public. Don’t have your own snowshoes? Thanks to a generous Wisconsin Environmental Education Board grant and matching funds from the Friends group, snowshoes will be available to the public on a first come first serve basis at no charge. There is no guarantee however that they will be available when you arrive. Snowshoers may have to wait until a pair is turned in. There must be at least six to eight inches of snow on the ground to loan out snowshoes. Leashed pets are allowed on the trails but not in the building.
Admission to the event is free; however, please consider bringing a non-perishable food item or hats/gloves/mittens for our food drive and mitten campaign to be donated to local schools and local food pantries. A winter themed basket will also be raffled off to help support the Friends group.
For more information, call 920-387-7890 or 920-387-7893 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. The center is located at N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, WI between Horicon and Mayville. The Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and staff invite everyone to join them for the fun event!