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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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How to Behave In National Parks

…..and Nature in General By venturing out into nature, whether on a local hiking trail or exploring a national park, you are visiting the home of thousands of plants and animals. These areas were around for years before we were, and there are steps we can take and some basic rules in place to make sure that nature and…

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Go Outdoors for Your Health

Summer is here. Can you feel it? The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming. Fun activities are coming up, like barbecuing with friends and swimming with the kids. Other than having a good time and making great memories, did you know that there are many health benefits from getting out of the house and going…

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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…