July 27, 2010
MILWAUKEE - A tree-shaded canopy, beautiful native plants and a meandering stream will provide a pleasant respite for visitors to the Department of Natural Resources exhibit at the Wisconsin State Fair.
In addition to finding a shady spot and perhaps catch a cool breeze, fair-goers of all ages will discover a great place to learn about Wisconsin's natural environment. Visitors to Natural Resources Park in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds can talk with DNR staff, learn about Wisconsin's fish, forests and other natural resources through live displays, and participate in hands-on activities that are fun for all ages.
The theme of the DNR exhibit is Get Outdoors! Discover the great places to visit and the many things to do in state parks and forests, and on rivers and lakes.
A special feature this year is an opportunity for adults and children of all physical abilities to discover the fun of target-style archery. The archery tent will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for instruction and a chance to practice archery shooting with state of the art equipment.
A variety of Wisconsin fish species will be on display at the aquarium exhibit. Fisheries staff will be on hand 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.
DNR conservation wardens are partnering with the Coast Guard Auxiliary on boating safety. Kids will be able to interact with the Coast Guard's remote control boat, "Coasty," on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Visitors will learn about the importance of a couple of the world's largest freshwater resources at a display called Discover Wisconsin's Great Lakes for Fun and Adventure.
Wisconsin fish species will be on display at the aquarium exhibit.
Fishing and hunting licenses can be purchased in the South Building from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. And 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.
Young explorers can pick up their Passport to Fun when entering the Natural Resources Park to begin their adventures and complete their mission. Geared to children ages 6 to 12 and their families, the passport adventure will take explorers around the DNR park with fun activities at each display. Upon completing the activities and their mission, the kids return to the Passport desk and receive a small prize.
Young visitors enjoy a casting clinic at DNR Park. This year's exhibit will also reature an archery tent.
Study nature like a scientist.
The Science and Energy exhibit will help visitors of all ages discover the many wonders of Wisconsin's natural resources. DNR scientists will help you measure water quality, catch and identify aquatic critters and explore where animals live and how to identify animal tracks.
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. This year's theme is Paws and Claws and the tracks animals leave. 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 to the delight (or not) of visitors. If snakes aren't your thing, you can engage in a little nature art. Check out the sand studios, build a structure in the construction area, and design a landscape background for a finger puppet show. Photos will be taken of the temporary art and displayed during the Fair at the Parks area in the North building and will then be posted to the DNR web site.
Smokey Bear teams up with Ranger Bob at Smokey's Schoolhouse every day from 10 a.m. to Correction -- 3 p.m. to teach campfire safety and how to be a good friend of the forests.
Visitors of all ages can test their knowledge of Wisconsin's trees, our forest history and forest products. Forestry's indoor exhibit will highlight invasive plant species. Experts will be on hand daily to answer questions on invasive plants and demonstrate how you can help reduce these threats.
DNR staff that monitors air quality teams 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.
Touchable animal artifacts at the wildlife exhibit.
Spin the Wondrous Wildlife Wheel and answer questions on Wisconsin's wildlife and the special places you can go to observe and appreciate the variety of animals that call Wisconsin home. In addition, the always popular display of "touchable" animal artifacts, like pelts, and eggs and claws, will be on display.
Add your "I've been here" markers to a large state map to illustrate all the state parks and forests and wildlife areas you've visited and discover where you want to go next.
The Wisconsin State Fair (exit DNR) opens Thursday, Aug. 5, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 15, at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis. More information is available on the Wisconsin State Fair web site.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Wolski - (608) 264-6282