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April 9, 2013

MADISON -- Parties interested in preparing a bid or being part of a partnership for maintaining and developing programming at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center may attend a meeting and site visit at the center on April 11

In early March, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued a Request for Proposals (exit DNR) focused on maintaining the environmental education programming and developing a first-of-its-kind conservation skills mentor training center at the MacKenzie center.

The April 11 meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Badger Den at MacKenzie (map [PDF]). DNR staff will provide background for the RFP, answers to written questions, and will lead a tour of the facility. Attendees can meet potential partners and ask follow up questions.

The entire grounds and facilities identified in the RFP will be open for inspection. Additionally, there will likely be user groups attending functions at the facility that day providing a great opportunity to observe the current programs and functions there.

Kurt Thiede, DNR land division administrator said the goal of this RFP is to develop a self-supporting, showcase conservation skills mentor training and environmental education facility. The goal is to maintain school age education programs while also providing outdoor skills training for youth and for adults who will serve as outdoor skills instructors and mentors, along with industry demonstration areas and public access.

"This is a unique opportunity to be involved at the leading edge of a government-industry-stakeholder partnership that seeks to enhance Wisconsin's conservation history," Thiede said.

People who want more information on the meeting or tour can contact Richard Straub at 608 261 6415 or by email

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Straub 608 261 6415 or

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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