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July 26, 2011

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated: the DNR will not be selling licenses at the Wisconsin State Fair this year. Computers will be available allowing customers to use the DNR Online License Center to buy licenses if desired.

MILWAUKEE -- If it's August in West Allis that means it's time for the Wisconsin State Fair, and for more than 60 years Natural Resources Park has provided fair visitors a bit of respite from the hustle and bustle of the Midway, cream puff lines, animal barns and exposition hall hawkers.

Located on the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, Natural Resources Park offers fair visitors a mix of family-friendly activities where they can learn more about Wisconsin's fish, forests and other natural resources through live displays, and participate in hands-on activities that are fun for all ages.

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T-shirt printing is a popular activity at Natural Resources Park at the Wisconsin State Fair, Aug. 4-14.
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"People come to see us at the state fair because they love our resources," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp. "It's the perfect venue for us to share ideas with citizens on how they can help protect and sustain the quality of our air, land, water, fish, and wildlife and involve them as partners in taking care of our resources. The state fair is a great opportunity for us to connect with the citizens we serve. Our employees enjoy it as much as the visitors."

This year the park will continue to feature the popular National Archery in the Schools Program activity area. Kids and adults of all ages and physical abilities can learn about the sport of target-style archery and practice with state of the art equipment. Also returning is the successful 'Passport to Fun' program with a new passport and program activities. Passport to Fun is geared toward children 6 to 12 years old and introduces them, and their families, to the outdoors and how they can help protect our environment and natural resources.

In the south building, a variety of Wisconsin fish species will be on display at the aquarium exhibit. Fisheries staff will be available to answer questions and provide information on Wisconsin's premier fishery and offer casting lessons each day from 3 to 5 p.m. in the activities tent.

People wondering what it would be like to work for a nationally recognized environmental and natural resources agency can stop by the career booth in the North Building and talk with staff about careers with the DNR.

A traditional State Fair activity for many families is T-shirt printing at the Natural Resources Park activities tent. Coordinated by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. artists of all ages can decorate a T-shirt or other piece of material. The printing is free. T-shirts and reusable tote bags are available for $5 or you can bring your own.

Havenwoods State Forest will transport some of their resident reptiles and amphibians to the fair. Visitors can spin the Wondrous Wildlife Wheel and answer questions on Wisconsin's wildlife and learn about places to go to observe and appreciate the diversity of our wildlife.

DNR staff that monitors air quality will team up again this year with the National Weather Service to show visitors how to compare weather conditions and air quality. Learn how the experts forecast what to expect later in the day and tomorrow to help plan outdoor activities.

The Wisconsin State Fair opens Thursday, August 4, and runs through Sunday, August 14, at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis. More information is available on the Wisconsin State Fair website [] (exit DNR).

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Pilarski - (414) 263-8511

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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