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The mission of the Friends of Horicon Marsh International
Education Center is to provide financial and volunteer support for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Horicon Marsh’s efforts to educate visitors about the needs, values and uses of watersheds, wetlands and wildlife.
Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. This renowned marsh is now home to the Horicon Marsh International Education Center. The newly-built International Education Center brings a modern design and provides enhanced visitor services. This building features a spectacular Marsh Viewing Area with its three-sided glass walls focusing out onto the marsh. Adjacent to this is the Children’s Discovery Room that will be further developed to provide seasonally changing hands-on activities for children to explore various facets of nature. A front desk provides visitor information and is located next to a gift shop.
Due to its international significance and the fact that scientists from around the world have traveled here for professional training to improve conservation programs in their own countries, this facility is called the International Education Center. Over the years, 66 delegations of scientists from 41 foreign countries have come to Horicon Marsh to participate in special educational programs.
It is a significant migratory flyway for many birds, particularly geese when thousands of geese gather on many days in mid to late October.
The Marsh will celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2010.
- Frankie Fuller
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