Invite the critters from Marsh Haven Nature Center to your school, library, organization, or care facility for an educational and fun animal experience. Gain a new appreciation for these amazing animals and learn fascinating facts about area wildlife.
The Marsh Haven Messengers are live Animal Ambassadors, here to share a message of care, concern, and education for all animals, including local species. Our domesticated animals have come to Marsh Haven through rescues or rehoming, and in the case of native species, they came from rehab centers, and cannot be returned to the wild. All have interesting stories that we would like to share with you. The Animal Ambassadors at Marsh Haven Nature Center are licensed through the USDA and permitted through Wisconsin DNR and USF&WS.
Wild Birds of Prey
Have you ever wanted to see a hawk or owl close up? This program will introduce some of Wisconsin’s raptors through a photo presentation, mounted specimens, and LIVE birds. These are educational birds and cannot be returned to the wild due to a variety of permanent injuries. The particular live birds may vary by program, but may include a Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl or Barred Owl. Two-bird program – $175; One-bird program – $125
Creepy, Crawly, & Cool
Meet the reptiles from Marsh Haven, including snakes, a Common Snapping Turtle, Painted Turtle, and the more exotic Red-Footed Tortoise. Learn the difference between turtles and tortoises, what these cold-blooded creatures need to survive, and find out if snakes really are slimy! Items of interest include turtle shells and skull, snake skins, and an illustration of the world’s biggest snake. One-hour program – $100; 45-minute program – $75
Furry, Fuzzy & Fun
Meet the domesticated rescued Animal Ambassadors when the cute and cuddly mammals are represented at this program. Animals include rabbits, guinea pigs, and the very cute domesticated rats. Learn more about what makes a good pet, how to care for these small animals, their history of domestication, and how they came to find their “furever” home at Marsh Haven. One-hour program – $100; 45-minute program – $75
This program consists mainly of bird mounts including Purple Martins, Snowy Owl, Great Horned Owl, Wood Duck, and other common Horicon Marsh birds. Includes nest box displays, feeders, how to attract birds, feathers, eggs, nests and more. Special appearance by Marsh Haven’s live Animal Ambassadors retired magic doves. Fee: 45-minute program – $50
Story time with the Critters
Invite one of the Animal Ambassadors to share a story time with your group. They will bring along a favorite story about some of their animal friends and have a suggestion of an animal-themed craft. 45-minute program – $50
Additional mileage charges will be applied if the program location is more than 30 miles from Waupun, Wis.
Note on animal programs: fees are based on the preparation time, time to load and unload, special transportation, supplies, permit fees, equipment, and long-term care of our resident educational animals.