Wildlife Education Programs

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – Horicon Marsh Wildlife Education Program offers a fun and exciting way for your class or scout group to explore the worlds of science and environmental education while meeting state academic standards. There are now classes offered in the winter and summer months too! With the new education center educational programs can be run year round. Take a look at our snowshoeing and winter adaptations programs for school groups and summer camps for varying ages!

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There are three types of interpretive trunks that can be reserved – Wisconsin Mammals, Whooping Cranes, and Whitetail Deer. Teachers, scout leaders, and other educators are welcome to borrow the trunks. To reserve a trunk contact Liz Herzmann, wildlife educator, or call Liz at 920-387-7893.

The Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area has one of each of the above trunks that can be reserved for 2 weeks including pick up and drop off at the Horicon Marsh International Education Center (trunks can not be shipped). Pick up and drop off times are Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm, or by appointment.

Whooping Crane Trunk

The Closer Look at Whooping Cranes trunk provides information about whooping crane ecology and biology, details the story of the whooping crane’s decline and reintroduction, and offers over fourteen hands-on activities to share with students. The education trunk contains teaching tools such as crane skull, egg, and bone replicas, and the isolation rearing costumes worn by biologists who raise whooping crane chicks in captivity. The trunk was developed for students in grades 4-8, but the activities can be adapted for students school-age through adult.

Wisconsin Mammals Trunk

The Wisconsin Mammals Education Trunk is designed to teach youth about the state’s wealth of mammals, their natural history and management. This self- contained education trunk consists of an interdisciplinary curriculum paired with hands-on materials and audiovisuals. The lesson plans are intended for school children from kindergarten through tenth grade and all are correlated to Wisconsin Department of Instruction state academic standards. The trunk includes pelts, skulls, track molds, pictures, videos, books and games emphasizing some of Wisconsin’s most popular and several misunderstood mammal species. Also included is a 16 program curriculum covering such topics as: Mammals and Their Signs, Trail Tracker, and The Story of Wildlife Management.

World of Whitetail Trunk

The World of the Whitetail trunk (a set of two) is filled with activities that are targeted for students in the 6th-8th grade. Twenty-four different hands-on activities explore subjects such as biology, ecology, wildlife management, social studies, history, math, reading, and creative writing.