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What's green, sounds like a sports drink for teachers, and has 100 titles? It's Educ'Ade, DNR's quencher for knowledge-thirsty educators.
Educ'Ade is an order form for DNR's most popular publications. This year's version lists study guides, activities, fact sheets, posters, coloring books, book marks and brochures covering air, water, waste, parks, wildlife, fish, forests, and endangered resources. Some are available in classroom quantities. Most of the publications listed are free.
Get a copy of Educ'Ade by calling (608) 266-6790 or writing the Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Communication and Education, Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.
Educ'Ade lists only 100 of the more than 2,000 publications in DNR's inventory. Most are produced by individual bureaus in the agency and must be ordered through each one. Many publications have been placed on DNR's website. Use the site's search engine to locate the publications you need.
Joel Stone is DNR's recycling and water programs educator.
More paths to knowledge
The Department of Natural Resources offers many ways to learn about the outdoors. Here are other avenues worth exploring:
Take a recreational safety class – Thousands of volunteer instructors teach how to be skillful and respectful when hunting, trapping or operating motorboats, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles. Contact your local conservation warden or Recreation Safety Chief Bill Engfer, (608) 266-0859 for information on courses in your area.
Take a hike – park naturalists hold interpretive talks and guided walks during the camping season to share the natural highlights of park properties. Contact the interpreters at the park office or call Chief Naturalist Debbie Beringer, (608) 267-9351.
Learn outdoor skills – Orienteering, snowshoeing, hunting and camping skills are just a few of the offerings at DNR skills centers in Grantsburg (715) 463-2896, Babcock (715) 884-2437, and Horicon (920) 387-7877.
Meet water basin educators – UW-Extension educators provide a community contact point to learn more about local water quality issues. Contact the basin educators through Robin Shepard, (608) 262-1916.
Delve into a discipline – Genny Fannucchi, DNR forest resource educator, (608) 267-3120; Mary Kay Salwey, DNR wildlife education specialist, (608) 685-3744; Pam Packer, Water Action Volunteers program, (608) 264-8948 Theresa Stabo, DNR aquatic education specialist, (608) 266-2272.
David L. Sperling edits Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.