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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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The Many Reasons to Spend Time in Nature

Do you often feel cooped up inside your home or office? The urge to feel the warmth of the sun and the cool breeze on your face becomes overwhelming. Getting outside into the fresh air can do a lot of good for a person. Next time you feel stressed or restless, get up and go…

biodiversity

Why Biodiversity Matters

Our Earth is home to so much more than just us humans. From enormous deep sea creatures to the tiny microorganisms that cover almost every surface, there are countless other living creatures all around us. Our world is beautiful and full of life, but we’re losing some of that life at an alarming rate. The…

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Citizen Science for Girl Scouts

When it comes to Girl Scouts, there’s more behind those cookie booths than girls in their uniforms selling treats. That cookie money goes towards so many important experiences for young women, including first-hand science education and social responsibility. When you combine these two aspects together, you get Girl Scouts actively helping the world by becoming…