Horicon Marsh Events

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center are excited to offer a variety of fun, exciting and family friendly programs.  Check out the calendar below for more information.  Click here for a printer friendly version of all activities around the marsh.

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Wildflowers for Wildlife (Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Highway Z)

May 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn how to create a beautiful garden with colorful flowers that attract butterflies, birds and pollinating insects, and find the plants to use. Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center is the location for the 2019 Wildflowers for Wildlife event Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The 6th annual “Wildflowers for Wildlife: enhancing your own backyard” is sponsored by the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and Friends of Horicon NWR. They have partnered with Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries and Applied Ecological Services for a native plant sale that will help enhance your backyard, schoolyard, park or natural area and in turn, benefit wildlife.

Why native plants? Native landscaping restores ecosystems that once covered the Midwestern landscape but are now reduced to small parcels. Once native plants are restored, the birds, mammals, reptiles and beneficial insects return too. Native plants also enrich the soil, decrease run-off and filter pollution. In the long run, native landscaping can save money annually in maintenance costs. Native plants have evolved to thrive in a local environment, which means less watering, fertilizer and time.

Native landscapes offer hands-on opportunities for people of all ages to learn about habitats and ecosystems. A native landscape also provides the ideal setting for bird and butterfly watching, photography and nature walks.

Native plants are available for pre-order until March 29, 2019. Plants will be for sale the day of the event.  Additional plant species from the pre-order form will also be available the day of.  Pre-order forms can be found here. 2019 Wildflowers for Wildlife pre-order form

For more information about plants, call (920) 923-6891 and 920-387-7893 for the event.

Additional information about plants that are available for pre-sale can be found here. pre-sale tags

The refuge visitor center is located off County Road Z about 3.5 miles south of State Highway 49.


May 18, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

We hope to see you at many of the events that the education center has to offer. All events are subject to change. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located on Hwy. 28 between the cities of Horicon and Mayville. For more information please call Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893 or e-mail her at elizabeth.herzmann@wisconsin.gov.