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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.

hiking basics

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…


Bundy Hill

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