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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.

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Why the March for Science Matters for Michigan

April 22, Earth Day Since 1970, people all over the world have celebrated Earth Day on April 22 each year. Its purpose is to spread awareness of environmentalism and ways to keep our Earth healthy. In 2017, March for Science chose April 22 for their worldwide event. Held in over 600 cities around the world, the…

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Hiking Basics from Ranger Mac

Hiking is not only great physical exercise, but it’s also great for reducing stress and improving your mental health! If you’ve spent time in the great outdoors, you know the feelings of wonder and beauty it inspires. However, if you’re just getting into the idea of hiking, the preparation might feel overwhelming. But by familiarizing yourself…

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Bundy Hill

Highlights from Chippewa Watershed Conservancy “Bundy Hill Mushroom Foray” with Sister Marie Kopin at Bundy Hill on Wednesday, October 19