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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.

plastic bags

Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags and Straws is Just the First Step

Did you know that there’s now more plastic and trash in the ocean than there are fish? This is a huge and ever-growing problem. While banning single-use plastic bags and other needless waste is a nice start, it’s not enough to save our oceans and other ecosystems. We can’t fix the plastic problem overnight, but…

2018 midterm election

How will the 2018 Midterm Election Results affect Environmentalism?

With so many important issues being discussed and debated, the 2018 midterm election left a lot of unanswered questions by the candidates. One issue that has been at the forefront for quite some time now is the environment and what can and is being done to protect it. The government is a complex system (and…

michigan parks

National Park Spotlight – Michigan Parks

When you think of National Parks, some of the more popular ones probably come to mind, such as the Grand Canyon, the Badlands, and Yosemite. These are beautiful areas for sure, but if you want to go find a park that’s more secluded and comes complete with wondrous waterways and striking cliffs, then you should…