CABLE — The Cable Natural History Museum has announced it has received a grant of $6,500 from the Xcel Energy Foundation to provide programming for children and families in northern Wisconsin. Since 1967, the Cable Natural History Museum has fulfilled its mission of connecting people to Northwoods nature through exhibits about natural history along with educational programming and workshops.

 “We rely on support from our community and partners such as Xcel Energy to bring affordable programming to families and schools,” said Museum Director Deb Nelson. 

Junior Naturalist Programs offer environmental education for children in grades K-6 through games, art and outdoor exploration. Already this summer, participants have enjoyed catching bugs, playing games outdoors and doing crafts. 

The grant helps cover the cost of program supplies, as well the new Eco-Heroes program. To kick off the summer, sustainability intern Melissa Krizan invited junior naturalists to participate in a zero waste recycling challenge using recycling bins purchased from TerraCycle. The kids filled those bins with old toys, art supplies and plastic bags. TerraCycle will sort the items and break them back down into raw materials that can be used again. 

During the school year, the grant will support Family Days at the Museum for families from local schools. MuseumMobile is the Cable Natural History Museum’s school outreach program. A Museum naturalist visits each classroom in pre-K through sixth grade three times a year. They explore the science of nature through experiments, games, furs, skulls and more. Once a year, the MuseumMobile students and their families are invited to a party at the Cable Natural History Museum that includes a pizza dinner, a chance to explore the Museum, and activities related to the MuseumMobile lessons. 

All of these efforts strive to provide our future decision makers with positive experiences in nature and a scientific understanding of the world. The Xcel Energy Foundation grant helps to make that possible.

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