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COVID-Specific Programs

COVID-Specific Safe Programming

At Marsh Haven Nature Center, we are very aware of the need from individuals and groups to have some type of educational programming for them to participate in – whether it is outside or virtual. People want to plan for something and want to continue learning and enjoying nature. We have selected several of our existing education programs that can be adapted to meet “COVID specific” needs. These will be our usual program themes with safety protocols in place – for small groups or with virtual options, so that we can continue to offer nature education safely and creatively.

Program Options


Due to COVID-19, we have adapted our programming to offer a virtual (Zoom-based platform) program for those groups who have policies in place to limit visitors at their facility or when a virtual program would work the best.

In-person at your location

Face to face programs are still available at your facility and we will work with you to meet safety guidelines.

In-person at Marsh Haven

Face to face programs at Marsh Haven Nature Center are another option and adds another dimension to your experience. With physical distancing requirements, we can fit groups of 10 to 12 in our indoor Respect Our Earth theater. Or weather permitting, we can utilize our OUTDOOR Respect Our Earth amphitheater for groups up to 25.

Length of Program

Programs can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. We are flexible based on your schedule and availability. Age levels for each program is suggested in the description, but programs can be presented to any age group, we modify the terminology used to the ages we are talking with.


Virtual – An honorarium is appreciated to help support our non-profit nature center
At your facility – $5 per person
At Marsh Haven – $3 per person

Program Themes

Wildlife at Marsh Haven

Every day is an adventure at Marsh Haven Nature Center, and this program will illustrate some of those adventures, encounters with wildlife, and beauty of the Horicon Marsh area. Adventures documented include: monarch butterfly releases, snapping turtles laying eggs in the parking lot, killdeer crossings, a purple martin colony, checking nest boxes and more. All Ages.

Secrets of the Snowy Owl

Learn more about this mysterious and magnificent visitor from the north. This presentation includes stunning photos, owl information, updates on any recent sightings, and a mounted representation of the species. Adults.

Environmental Education & Ecopsychology

Look at EE through an ecopsychological lens. Learn about one of the newest fields of psychology that is interested in the human-nature connection. Discover ways to incorporate ecopsychology into your EE work to help others connect with nature through deeper and more meaningful experiences. Adults & Educators.

Birds, Butterflies, and Your Backyard

Discover more about the beautiful birds and butterflies found in this area. Learn about the monarch population at Marsh Haven Nature Center, and look at what makes a bird and butterfly friendly backyard. You will be provided with resources to help plan and create your own backyard bird, butterfly, and pollinator-friendly garden. Adults.

Horicon Marsh History

Learn about the fascinating history of the Horicon Marsh – from Lake Horicon, to farmland, to a national wildlife refuge – this Wetland of International Importance has a long and storied past. Older Youth/Adults.


Learn more about the study of the timing of natural events and the important contributions Aldo Leopold made to the field of Phenology. Discover ways you can observe and record natural events in your own backyard, or local natural area and be a Citizen Scientist. All Ages.

Monarchs & Milkweed

As the Monarch Butterfly faces declining numbers, discover more about the connection between monarchs and milkweed plants, and their annual migration to Mexico. We’ll discuss the importance of pollinators, and learn how we can all help the monarch butterfly. Resources provided to help create a backyard butterfly garden. All Ages.

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! All Ages.

Awesome Opossum

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! All ages.

Story time with the Critters

Invite one of the Animal Ambassadors to share a story time with your group. They will pick out a favorite story about some of their animal friends and have a suggestion of an animal-themed craft. Youth.