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All Aboard! New angler education materials are available. We've updated the coloring page entitled "Scales on Rails," that tells the story of Wisconsin's fish train car, the Badger 2, which you can now visit at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, near Baraboo. Who knew fish could travel by train?

Electronics recycling information for schools. A number of electronics including computers, printers and TVs, are now banned from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators. All schools must either recycle electronics or manage them as hazardous waste. Check out our new online resources to learn about options and create a plan for your facility. For lesson plans and videos, check out the new E-Cycle Wisconsin educator page.

2016 State Park Sticker Design Contest Open. Entries for the 2016 Wisconsin state park sticker design contest are being accepted now through April 17, 2015. The contest is open to all high school age students (ninth through twelfth grades) attending public, private, or parochial schools in Wisconsin. The winning design was just selected for the 2015 Wisconsin State Parks admission sticker and features a butterfly atop of a purple coneflower, designed by Josie Tollaksen, a junior at Poynette High School. It will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and displayed on more than 150,000 vehicles.

2015 Groundwater Model Teacher Workshops. Apply today to be selected to receive a one-day training session, a free groundwater flow model and instructions on using it, classroom exercises designed to meet state academic standards, and reimbursement for substitute teachers while at the training.

The MacKenzie Center staff are excited for the approaching fall season and are looking forward to seeing new and returning school groups at the Center. Day, overnight and weekend programs are available featuring environmental education and outdoor skills. Check out the new and exciting courses this fall that can match your classroom needs and standards. Find details on the MacKenzie Center Class Offerings online. To set up a fieldtrips for your classroom, contact the MacKenzie Center or call 608-635-8105.

Save the date for next spring! The second annual Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo will take place on May 14 and 15, 2015 at the MacKenzie Center in Poynette. The expo will offer hands-on outdoor activities for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, many correlated to state academic standards. Students will also be able to see up-close LIVE wolves, lynx, bison, badger, otter, bald eagle, turkey vultures and other wildlife. Hands-on learning experiences will include Archery, Forestry, Wildlife, Tracking & Game Calling, Fisheries & Angler Education, Hounds & Bird Dog Demos, Historic Fur Trade & Trapping, Parks, Trails & Camping, Outdoor Safety, Shooting Sports & Enforcement, Safari Club’s “Sensory Safari” Touch Wildlife of the World Exhibit, and more. For more information, contact the MacKenzie Center at 608-635-8112.

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