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Date: 1978 

Description: Students at Wausau West High School involved in an innovative science project that studied energy consumption and pollution of the Wisconsin River.


Arbor Day

Date: 1997-05 

Description: Arbor Day activities for school children at Theresa Fireman's Park: a light lunch, a slide presentation, and the planting of two trees.


Arbor Day Group

Date: 2000-05 

Description: Group of students at Theresa Fireman's Park for Arbor Day activities.


Rock River Clean Up

Date: 1999-05 

Description: 77 volunteers pick up trash and debris in the Rock River. Chuck Trauba and the crew covered the river from Theresa Marsh to the Theresa Disposal plant. 50...

Historical Essay

The Conservation Movement

Read how the modern conservation movement began and flourished in Wisconsin in the 19th and early 20th centuries.


Earth Day 1970

Date: 1970-04 

Description: Acting on the suggestion of his mentor Senator Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin congressman David R. Obey participated (here at a gym) at the first Earth Day even...


Description: Six-man crew at Camp Mercer looking for ribes (gooseberries), a stage essential for the transmission of blister rust to white pines, working in a marsh are...

Book or Pamphlet

Gaylord Nelson Newsletter

Date: 1970-05 

Description: The front page of "The Gaylord Nelson Newsletter" announcing Earth Day 1970, with the headline "Mass Movement Begins".

Date: 1976-07 

Description: Diagram showing environmental means by which humans can be exposed to radiation from nuclear power plants.

Date: 1955-07-18 

Description: Three teen boys work together to build up the side of the creek to stop the flowing water from washing the soil away on an edge of Black Earth Creek west o...

Date: 1970 ca.

Description: Editorial cartoon depicting Rodin's "The Thinker" wearing a gas mask. The figure is surrounded by pollution, with a factory spewing smoke in the background...


John Muir

Date: 1875 ca.

Description: Head and shoulders oval framed portrait of John Muir (1838-1914).

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Blitz Fog" pesticide package, manufactured for Northern Industries, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1965-1967. (Museum object # 1999.143.22)

Date: 1955-07-18 

Description: Five teen boys stand ankle deep in Black Earth Creek (west of Cross Plains) while working together to build a conversion dam in the creek bed. The boys are...

Read about Earth Day's founder, Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator and early environmentalist.

Date: 1955-07-18 

Description: Two teen boys and an adult stand in ankle deep Black Earth Creek (west of Cross Plains) while working together to build a "V" shaped conversion dam, pointi...

Magazine or Periodical

"Environmental Action" Cover Design

Date: 1970-03-03 

Description: The cover design of the magazine "Environmental Action: April 22" featuring a line drawing of multititudes of people clinging to and falling off of the Ear...

Date: 1949-09-20 

Description: Al Koppenhaver, a game warden for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, holds a bucket of dead fish that were removed from the Yahara River below...

Date: 1959-08-27 

Description: A new 4-cent postage stamp honors the American soil conservation effort by showing various phases of soil conservation. Shown (L-R) are Russell Silverwood,...


Bill Voelker

Date: 1997-07 

Description: Bill Voelker, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Educator and Naturalist, poses near DNR building located between Mayville and Horicon.

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