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 US Fish & Wildlife Service.
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, Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl or Barred Owl. One-bird program – $125; Two-bird program – $175; Three-bird program – $200
Who Says Hoo
Learn about the amazing adaptations of owls – how they hunt, how to identify each species by their vocalizations, and other facinating facts.This program includes a photo presentation, mounted specimens, and LIVE owls. These are educational birds and cannot be returned to the wild due to a variety of permanent injuries. The live birds may include an Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl or Barred Owl.
One-owl program – $125; Two-owl program – $175
Creepy, Crawly, & Cool
Meet the reptiles from Marsh Haven, including snakes, 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. Program includes a meet and greet with select animals. 45 to 60 minute program – $100
Marsh Haven Nature Center’s resident opossum would like to educate you about their awesome opossum family. These often misunderstood creatures are actually very beneficial. As North America’s only marsupial – females have a pouch, like a kangaroo – opossums have many amazing adaptations. After this introduction, you will see the opossum in a whole new way! Fee: 45-minute program – $75
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.