Horicon Marsh in Horicon, Wis., offers Fall Festival Oct. 20

Online Staff Report

HORICON, Wis. — This season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Friends of Horicon Marsh International Education Center offer adventure and family fun with the Horicon Marsh Fall Festival. The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20. Learn new outdoor skills, enjoy live music and savor fall-inspired tastes.

Outdoor experts will lead activities in GPS and compass work, archery, waterfowl identification, and fishing skills including casting and tying hooks.

A nature craft station will let your child’s creativity run wild to make and take their work of art home.

At 11 a.m., a presentation about “Wisconsin Mammals” will be held in the lower level auditorium. Cookies and cider will be provided by the Friends of Horicon Marsh International Education Center.

At 1:30 p.m., local artist and musician Spid Pieper will liven up the room with an acoustic performance. Pieper will sing songs by a variety of well-known artists including John Denver, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, John Prine, The Eagles, Neil Young, Billy Joel, R.E.M., Coldplay and many others. He will be accompanying himself on six- and 12-string guitar, mandolin and harmonica.

The Fall Festival and performance by Spid Piper are free and open to the public.

With bird migration in full flight at Horicon Marsh, now is the perfect time to experience autumn at the Marsh.

The education center is at N7725 Hwy. 28, between Horicon and Mayville, Wis., about two hours northeast of Rockford. For more information or a list of fall events scheduled at Horicon Marsh, visit www.horiconmarsh.org or call (920) 387-7893.

At more than 33,000 acres in size, Horicon Marsh is one of the largest freshwater marshes in the United States. The marsh provides habitat for endangered species and is a critical rest stop for thousands of migrating ducks and Canada geese. It is recognized as a Wetland of International Importance, as both Globally and State Important Bird Areas and is also a unit of the Ice Age Scientific Reserve. The Friends of Horicon Marsh International Education Center provides 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.

Posted Oct. 18, 2012

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