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National Archery in Schools Program state tournament April 4-5 in Wausau

NASP world tournament to be held in Madison July 11-13

WAUSAU, Wis. - More than 1,250 students from 55 different schools will converge on Wausau April 4-5 for the eighth annual National Archery in the Schools Program Wisconsin state tournament. The tournament will be held at the Wausau West High School, with the number of registrants up 400 students and 10 schools from the 2013 tournament.

"The National Archery in the Schools Program teaches the lifetime skill of target archery to students from fourth grade through High School," says Dan Schroeder, who coordinates the program for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Currently the archery program is taught in more than 500 Wisconsin schools and in 48 other states and eight countries outside the United States. The program offers an eight-hour training course to certify teachers as basic archery instructors so they can safely teach students how to shoot archery.

Schroeder says NASP is typically taught during a physical education class, but some schools are offering the curriculum as part of a lifetime skills, math or even a science class. Every student uses the, same type of equipment, including bow, arrow, and target, and each shoots from the same distance.

"While the National Archery in the Schools Program focuses on the process of shooting and shooting safely rather than the outcome or score of the arrow, the NASP tournaments offer participants in the program an opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in the sport," Schroeder said.

The NASP state tournament is open to any student or school that has offered the NASP curriculum during the current school year. Students compete for individual and team awards and to qualify for NASP national and world tournaments. The NASP national tournament is being held in Louisville Kentucky where they are planning for more 10,800 kids this year. The NASP world tournament is being held at the Alliant Energy center in Madison on July 11-13. Students from Wisconsin must have participated in the Wisconsin NASP state tournament to qualify.

Slideshow from 2013 Wisconsin NASP tournament

Students start arriving around 7:30 each morning with the first flight of shooting scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on the April 4 and a new flight every one-and-a-half hours after that until the tournament winds down around 5 p.m. on Friday. Flights begin at 7:45 April 5 again running every one-and-a-half hours with shooting ending around 4 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony.

"There are 100 archers on the line and shooting for most of the flights," Schroeder said. "New this year students will also have a chance to try their luck at shooting 3-D targets and aerial discs, which are scheduled on a first come first serve basis during the duration of the tournament."

The public is welcome as spectators for a fee of $5 per adult, which includes access to several shooting venues including the tournament and 3-D and an aerial disc shooting area, along with several vendors.

Schroeder says studies have shown that well over 50 percent of the students introduced to archery through NASP are interested in other shooting sports, archery programs and bow hunting.

For more information, search the DNR website for keyword "NASP."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Schroeder, 920-740-7528



Architect of State Natural Areas to be inducted into Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame

STEVENS POINT - An icon of natural area preservation in Wisconsin will be inducted into the prestigious Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame in a May 3 ceremony in Stevens Point.

Clifford E. Germain, 91, of Madison, is being honored for his distinguished career as the first ecologist and chief of the State Natural Areas program in the Department of Natural Resources. His efforts helped build the oldest and largest statewide nature preserve system in the United States.

Clifford Germain
Clifford Germain
WDNR Photo

Germain joins 80 other notable conservation giants in the hall, among them John Muir, Warren Knowles and Aldo Leopold under whom he studied at the University of Wisconsin in the 1940s. Fellow inductees for 2014 include Jay Reed, longtime outdoors writer for the Milwaukee Journal and Journal Sentinel, and Bill Horvath, a land and water conservationist who helped create the Conservation Hall of Fame while also working professionally to protect wildlife, forests, and recreational opportunities on private and public lands throughout the nation.

Germain retired in 1985 after 37 years at DNR, where he guided the expansion of the State Natural Areas Program from 48 nature preserves when he was hired in 1966 to 211 sites when he left, and to 673 sites today. Among the treasured natural areas Germain helped protect are the Mississippi River bluff prairies of Rush Creek near Ferryville, the wetlands surrounding Lulu Lake in Waukesha County, and old-growth hemlock forests at Moose Lake near Mercer.

State Natural Areas can be designated on DNR-owned property or on other properties; 51 other agencies and organizations have established State Natural Areas on their own lands. Ninety percent of Wisconsin's endangered plants and 75 percent of endangered animals are protected on State Natural Areas. Most of the sites are open for traditional outdoors activities including hiking, fishing, hunting and cross country skiing.

Erin Crain, director of DNR's Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation, which houses the State Natural Areas Program, is delighted by Germain's recognition. "Induction into the Hall of Fame is truly a singular honor," she says. "Cliff leaves a legacy of protecting Wisconsin's very best natural areas and rare species habitats for future generations. This is a fitting tribute to his life's work of saving our natural heritage. "

Germain Hemlocks
Germain Hemlocks State Natural Area
Photo by Thomas A. Meyer

Germain was a founder of the Natural Areas Association and received the professional organization's first George Fell Award for lifetime achievement. He served on the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy for many years and remains active in the work of the Audubon Society and other organizations. He was recognized in 2002 on the fiftieth anniversary of the State Natural Areas Program by having the Germain Hemlocks State Natural Area in Oneida County named in his honor.

The public is invited to attend the free induction ceremony at the Sentry Insurance Headquarters Theater, 1800 North Point Dr., in Stevens Point on May 3 beginning with a coffee reception at 9 a.m. and followed by the ceremony at 10 a.m. A buffet luncheon for $25 will follow the ceremony at the Holiday Inn and may be reserved by calling 715-346-4992.

The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (exit DNR) and Visitor Center, located at Schmeeckle Reserve in Stevens Point, was established in 1985 to advance the conservation legacy of Wisconsin and to recognize individuals who have contributed significantly to it. It is a cooperative venture of 20 statewide conservation organizations. Individuals may be nominated for induction by member organizations or the public; nominees are selected for induction by the hall's Board of Directors and an independent Board of Governors.

For more information on State Natural Areas, search the DNR website for keyword "SNA."

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CLIFF GERMAIN CONTACT: Thomas Meyer, DNR State Natural Areas Program,, 608-266-0394

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HALL OF FAME AND OTHER INDUCTEES CONTACT: Joe Passineau, Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame,, 715-677-4047



"Air, Air Everywhere" Poetry Contest announced

MADISON - Wisconsin's teachers can help celebrate Clean Air Month this May through the Department of Natural Resources' annual Air, Air Everywhere Poetry Contest.

Teachers can submit original poems or riddles created by their students to the DNR as part of the Where's the Air? [PDF] activity in the Air, Air Everywhere Activity Guide. The guide aims to teach 3rd, fourth and fifth grade students about air quality and the importance of clean air.

As part of the activity, students complete simple sensory experiments to discover the characteristics of air and then write a poem or riddle describing air.

One winner and two runners up will be selected. The winning poems will be featured on the DNR EEK! Environmental Education for Kids website. The winner will receive an award certificate and a class set of "It all adds up to cleaner air" solar calculators. The teacher of the winning student will receive a certificate for a free Project WILD or Project WET workshop!

Requirements include:

Entries should be mailed to: Lindsay Haas, Wisconsin DNR, 141 NW Barstow Street, Rm. 180, Waukesha, WI 53188 or by email to

Entries must be received by Friday, May 16, 2014, to be eligible. Contest entries will not be returned and will become the property of the contest sponsor. Teachers of the winning students will be notified by May 30, 2014.

The complete Air, Air Everywhere guide [PDF], which includes ten activities, can be downloaded from the DNR web site. Hard copes may also be ordered by sending your name and mailing address to

For more information on this Poetry Contest, contact Lindsay Haas at 262-574-2113 or at

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Lindsay Haas, 262-574-2113


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Last Revised: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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