HORICON, Wis. - Visit Horicon Marsh in October and experience amazing fall migrations and some great family-friendly programs.
October events feature some interesting mammals, the archeological history of the area and a search for cranes and other waterfowl. And, be sure to save some time during each visit to check out theHoricon Marsh Education and Visitor Center's new Explorium(admission fees can be found online).
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.- Skins, Skulls and Scat
Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and learn more about the furbearers that call Horicon home and the small huts that are constructed throughout the marsh. Participants will find out which mammal can hear a mouse moving under the snow and learn more about predators. This event is great for all ages.
Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Archeology Weekend
The Rock River Archeological Society hosts a historical/educational event each year - this is a family event with great learning opportunities for all ages. All indoor and outdoor activities will be held between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 and between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9th at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. This event is free of charge.
A buck-skinners encampment with "Dirty Kettle" and friends will both fascinate and educate attendees of all ages. Participants will have the opportunity to walk into a Wigwam, hear stories, and throw a tomahawk. Join Dirty Kettle at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday for a flute circle, with a drum circle to follow. Flags of Wisconsin's 11 Sovereign Nations will be on display, and a Voyager Canoe with its mountain man driver will be present to answer any questions. An atlatl demonstration, followed by an opportunity to throw at a target, will test the might of all those who attend.
Vendors will be on site with fry bread and items of interest, ranging from jewelry to Native American reproductions. Once inside, visitors will find a beautiful display of museum-quality artifacts and will have an opportunity to visit with collectors. Plus there will be activities for children inside and outside, such as corn grinding and fire starting techniques.
Schedules may be subject to change due to weather and speaker circumstances. More information regarding the Rock River Archeological Society can be found on the group's Facebook page, or by calling Society President Julie Flemming at 920-928-6094 or 920-210-7865.
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7:30-9 a.m. - Waterfowl Walk
Participants will search for migrating waterfowl and other marsh species during this waterfowl walk. Possible sightings include Sandhill Cranes, green-winged teal, pintail, ruddy ducks, redhead, bufflehead, northern shoveler and many more.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 10-11 a.m. - Stories at the Marsh
Join a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources educator for a "wildlife detectives" themed storytelling and craft-making session at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. This event is best for children ages 1-10 years old.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Crane Watch and Stargazing
Join educators at the Palmatory Street Overlook at 210 N. Palmatory St. in Horicon an hour before sunset for an informative talk regarding birds flying overhead. Watch for Sandhill Cranes, ducks, geese and other migrants heading back into the marsh to roost. While waiting for birds, members of the Northern Cross Science Foundation will lead solar viewing and stargazing activities after sunset. Attendees should bring a picnic dinner, chairs and warm clothes for a fun-filled night at Horicon Marsh.
The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between Horicon and Mayville on HWY 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