Governor Nelson State Park = Read to Lead

Governor Nelson SP
Governor Nelson State Park is a 422-acre Wisconsin State Park in Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Mendota.
It is named for former Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson. On most days the Wisconsin State Capitol building can be seen in nearby Madison.
Common activities include boating,fishing, picnicking and swimming. There is also a boat launch and a swimming area for pets.
Away from the lake one can find restored prairie and savanna, effigy mounds,hiking trials and ski trails. Governor Nelson State Park does not allow overnight camping.
Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and this Earth Day is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.
Nelson died of cardiovascular failure at age 89 on July 3, 2005.

The Read to Lead book for the  fourth week in April is Earthdance by Joanne Ryder.
Earthdance invites young readers to become not just a part of the earth, but Earth itself--standing tall in space, carrying mountains and rivers on its back, housing insects, animals, and people. Through the lyrical poetry of its text and the vibrancy of its stunning illustrations, Earthdance brings passion to its subject.
One book reviewer wrote, "Beautiful pictures and poetic text lend to a great description of Earth. Particularly moving for Earth Day, this book helps a child to relate to and almost feel like Mother Earth in order to have compassion for this planet we call home."

Read To Lead
The Wisconsin State Park System is teaming up with the Read to Lead program to encourage kids and families to read everywhere—including in the outdoors! Kids, if you are 5 to 9 years old and read 20 or more books, you can enter your name in a drawing for a Kindle Fire and other prizes.Here's what you need to do.
  • Print out the Read to Lead checklist
  • Visit the state parks listed to find the books, or check them out anytime from a library. Some State Parks will have special programs to go along with their book. Visit Wisconsin State Parks to learn more about the parks and events.
  • Read (or have someone read to you) 20 or more books. Check them off on the list. 
  • Have your parent or guardian sign and send the form to the address on the checklist and you will be entered in the drawing for a Kindle Fire.