Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

T-Shirt printing at Wisconsin State Fair © DNR

T-Shirt printing at Wisconsin State Fair

August 2013

Wisconsin Traveler

Meet you at the fair!

Kathy Kahler

Planning a trip to the Wisconsin State Fair, which runs Aug. 1-11 in West Allis? Be sure to check out the DNR exhibit located across Main St. just south of the cream puff pavilion. If you go, youíll find a welcoming oasis of shade trees, trickling stream and benches to rest your weary feet — a fitting tribute to this yearís "Wellness" theme.

If you have children in tow, check in at the front desk and your kids will receive the DNR park scavenger hunt. Help them find items in the DNR exhibit area such as an aquatic invasive crime scene, an insect that lives in water and a fish with a nose like a paddle. Along the quiet path that loops through the park youíll learn the difference between white and red oaks, white and red pines, and the benefits of all Wisconsin forest trees. At Smokeyís Schoolhouse kids learn a lesson from Smokey on the differences between good fires and bad fires, how to build a safe campfire and the importance of giving matches or lighters to an adult. Remember, only you can prevent wildfires.

Stop at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tent where youngsters age 7 and older get a hands-on introduction to target archery. The tent opens at 10 a.m. each day and goes until at least 6 p.m. The program is taught in schools from 4th grade to high school and includes opportunity for practice and competition at regional, state, national and world tournaments. Almost 500 Wisconsin schools currently participate at some level. All equipment is provided.

Visit with "Spritz the Water Drop" and learn all about saving water. DNR water experts will hand out faucet aerators, toilet leak detection tablets and other tools to help you be water wise in your home. While you are visiting, try out the high efficiency faucets and showerheads in our display. If you canít visit us at State Fair, visit our Fix a Leak webpage to learn how to check toilets for leaks — and fill out the survey to be entered to win a DNR related prize! Visit Wisconsin DNR and search "fix a leak."

Visit the Endangered Resources display to see live native animals in their natural settings, learn about beautiful natural areas that you can visit and identify ways you can get involved to save Wisconsinís rare species and habitats. Wisconsinís native plants, animals and landscapes are a big part of what makes our state great. Preserving our natural heritage for this and future generations is our mission. Bald eagles, trumpeter swans and osprey, once on the brink of extinction, now soar in our skies thanks to our work with help from citizens, organizations, business and government.

Wrap up your visit with a stop at the DNR activity tent where the kids can unleash their creativity by putting fish-to-paint-to-fabric at the T-shirt printing table staffed by Interfaith. Itís a souvenir theyíll take home and cherish for years to come. The exhibit is coordinated and staffed every year by retired senior volunteers.

For general information on the Wisconsin State Fair visit: Wisconsin State Fair

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Kathy Kahler is a staff writer for Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.