This website, devoted to supporting the state’s culture, arts, humanity, and history, includes descriptions and links to virtual tours of 42 places of interest located throughout Wisconsin. State historic sites, museums, fine arts centers, gardens, and a radio station are a sampling of the diverse locations to view up close. Directions about how to display the virtual tours using various software and computer models are included. Some links to further information and articles are also available. Browsing these locations could offer ideas for further research, or an examination of a specific place could provide deeper awareness about the importance and relevance of the venue to understanding the region where it is situated.
This article presents information in bullet-point format listing unusual but interesting facts about Wisconsin. Published over 10 years ago, the information may be older but still provides students information about the state at-a-glance. The facts about people, industry and inventors could stimulate the student to dig deeper elsewhere.
Wisconsin’s birding hotspots and community highlights are detailed in five auto trail guides that match five ecological regions. The Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Tourism partnered together with four other organizations to create guides that include information about a total of 368 stops in parks, forests, natural areas, or nature centers where public visitors are welcome. Click on the News and Reports tab and you’ll find a link to PDF files of each of the guides. Information about where to obtain complimentary copies of the guides is also included.
Wisconsin’s maritime culture is described through a look at coastline lighthouses, museums, and fisheries. Lists of locations may include some places not on other major lists, and links to additional articles in this issue of the magazine offer readers the opportunity to learn about famous captains, maritime trails, and shipwrecks. Information is most relevant to the northeast, northwest, east central, and southeast regions of the state.
This section of the Department of Natural Resources website includes the ability to search for information about any of the 114 separate Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. A search can be performed while selecting a recreational activity, an icon on the map, or the name of the property. Information about each property may include map directions, fees, camping, activities, recreation, history, trail descriptions, geology, nature, and the current weather conditions. The interactive map is useful for locating natural areas in particular regions of the state.
Wisconsin is divided into eight regions and information provided for each region includes a brief overview, places to stay, dining opportunities, things to do, events, and related articles. A map pinpointing each location accompanies every search, and separate counties can also be explored which provides more specificity in searches. There are 18 free guidebooks or maps that can be downloaded as PDF documents or ordered as print versions. Destinations recognized for their environmentally friendly business practices are given “Travel Green Wisconsin” certification; these locations and events are noted with a TGW designation. Many colorful photographs accompany the descriptions throughout the website.
Students can take a trip back in time at Old World Wisconsin from their classrooms. This section of the Old World Wisconsin website in conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society offers the students an opportunity to take a virtual tour to Crossroads Village where they can learn about a blacksmith, shoemaker and general storekeeper. Students may also visit an historic farm, a one-room schoolhouse and an heirloom garden. Food preparation methods, artisan handicrafts, and historic animal breeds are also featured in this overview of the living museum Old World Wisconsin.