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Ranger Mac

MacNeel_Wakelin-Ranger-Mac-for-web-237x300Wakelin 'Ranger Mac' McNeel
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.

petrified forest

Petrified Forest National Park Spotlight

Tucked into Arizona about 110 miles east of Flagstaff, you’ll find the largest concentrated area of petrified wood in the world. Scientists estimate that the wood is around 211 to 218 million years old. This park puts its history on display with many beautiful, colorful geological formations made from the petrified trees. With such unique…


Sustainability and Nature Conservation for Kids

When it comes to the world we live in, there’s nothing more important than sustaining it for ourselves and the generations that follow. From the conservation of the land to the preservation of aquatic species, there’s so much in our world that’s affected by how we all treat our environment. One way to help ensure…

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…