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The vulture and hawk talk at the WE Energies Energy Park at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.
The vulture and hawk talk at the WE Energies Energy Park at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis. / Marilynn Nash/For

I discovered that the Wisconsin State Fair offers outdoorsy experiences.

I know that the horticulture demonstrations, domesticated animals Ė think cattle breed shows, cattle barns, small animal palace, pig and duck races, and dog diving competitions -- donít count.

But I did find outdoorsy presentations.

I strolled to the vulture and hawk talk at the WE Energies Energy Park. Two presenters and birds entertained and enlightened the audience with bird characteristics and behaviors. I didnít get to the Sky Hunters: Birds of Prey presentation.

The DNRís Natural Resources Park was a surprise the first year I attended the state fair. Paths wound through tall trees, adults and kids explored educational nature discovery areas and gardens Ė rain, butterfly, and backyard. Live animals Ė reptiles, fish, native Wisconsin animals as well as stuffed animals were available to educate fair visitors. Rangers answered questions and sold fishing and hunting licenses. Master gardeners answered questions. Children tentatively touched a large snake held by a young man. Children practiced archery with the help of assistants from the Archery in Schools program. Fish biologists presented a program at the fish tank. A forest firefighter answered questions about equipment used to fight forest fires in Wisconsin Ö

Perhaps Iíll see you there next year!

Marilynn Nash writes about her exploration of the outdoors in Wisconsin -- a variety of outdoor experiences -- hiking, biking, snowshoeing, trailbuilding volunteer work, boating, ski hill tubing and more. She'll probably try a few things she hasn't done before.

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