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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.

underrated national parks

Visit the Most Underrated National Parks

Thanks to social media, more attention is being paid to the US National Parks than ever before. Everyone has the ability to see the beautiful vistas and delightful wildlife from the comfort of their own homes due to the availability of high res images. These photos have also inspired more and more people to actually…

negative effects of social media

The Negative Effects of Social Media on Nature

While it’s great to connect with friends and keep in touch with distant family members, there are definitely some negative effects of social media. One of those is how social media affects our interactions with nature. Ranger Mac will take a look at the impact social media has had on our parks and other natural…

environmental issues

Why It’s Crucial for Governments to Address Environmental Issues

Our environment is so important. We only have one shot to protect it, cultivate it, and keep it safe for future generations. Because of human involvement, Earth’s ecosystems are changing at a daily rate, and it’s more important than ever to do all we can to protect the nature and its species around us. No…