|Governor Nelson SP|
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.
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."
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