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Ranger Mac

MacNeel_Wakelin-Ranger-Mac-for-web-237x300Wakelin 'Ranger Mac' McNeel
1884-1958
Inducted 2006

"Statistics are dull. Kids prefer down-to-earth realism." – McNeel

The kind-faced gentleman pictured here was an early genius in mass media. Wakelin McNeel, "Ranger Mac,” reached an estimated 700,000 young people in Wisconsin with his Wisconsin Public Radio program, “Afield With Ranger Mac.” The program ran between 1933-54, reaching out to students in one-room school houses and big city schools alike with colorful but knowledge-filled messages about conservation and nature. The mere mention of “Ranger Mac” evokes warm memories among those who looked forward to his program each week.

sustainability

Sustainability and Nature Conservation for Kids

water safety

Water Safety for Kayaking and Canoeing

Whether it’s your first adventure out on the kayak or canoe or you’re a seasoned pro, it’s always important to be aware of basic water safety guidelines. Knowing how to safely navigate the waters and care for your equipment is important for your first adventure, but it’s also a good idea to freshened up on…

plastic bags

Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags and Straws is Just the First Step

Did you know that there’s now more plastic and trash in the ocean than there are fish? This is a huge and ever-growing problem. While banning single-use plastic bags and other needless waste is a nice start, it’s not enough to save our oceans and other ecosystems. We can’t fix the plastic problem overnight, but…