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Museum and Facilities

The seasons of spring, summer, and fall all offer unique opportunities to visit Marsh Haven Nature Center. The organization was founded in 1984 and the center was built through the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers and supporters. Marsh Haven offers hiking trails, an observation tower, overnight bunkhouse, educational programs, and special events on its 46 acres.

The Vine/Griffith Main Building houses museum displays depicting the history and wildlife of the Horicon Marsh area and takes a chronological look at Horicon Marsh history. The Griffith Bird Gallery gives our visitors a look at local raptors, waterfowl, and other birds. The Respect Our Earth theater has been the location for many raptor programs, wolf presentations, and other programs aimed at nature and wildlife education. The classroom at Marsh Haven has been utilized over the years for EARTHcamp programs, trainings, scout and 4-H gatherings, and nature exhibits.

Wildlife feeding stations are located on either side of the gift shop and visitors often see a variety of birds up close. Marsh Haven has a large Purple Martin colony and over 40 additional nest boxes for tree swallows, bluebirds, chickadees, and wrens. In addition, there is an art gallery with a diverse collection of displays and photographs. The Nature Nook Children’s Area offers young visitors an area to learn and explore, and visitors can learn more about the furry, feathered, and scaly creatures that live in the Critter Corner. Visitors from all 50 states and over 90 different counties have stopped at Marsh Haven Nature Center over the years.


Open mid-April to mid-December
12pm-4pm weekdays
9am-5pm weekends


As a non-profit nature center that receives no state or federal funding, we rely on admission fees to help cover costs of operation, utilities, and facility maintenance.

Adults: $2.00
Children (14 & under): $1.00
Members are always free

Special event admission

(Earth Day weekend, Bird Festival, Fall Living History Festival, John Denver Celebration, Monsters on the Marsh)

Adults: $3.00
Children (14 & under): $2.00
Members are always free