Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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“Wisconsin State Parks” Tours Our Unique Geologic Past

Author and science writer Scott Spoolman uses his accessible storytelling style to take readers through twenty-eight of Wisconsin's parks, forests, and natural areas.

By - Apr 9th, 2018 01:23 pm
"Wisconsin State Parks"

“Wisconsin State Parks”

From the volcanoes that poured deep layers of lava rock in the northwest, to the glacial masses that molded the land in the north and east, Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History (ISBN: 978-0-87020-849-2, Paperback: $24.95) offers a deeper understanding of our state’s dramatic natural history, and explores the complexity behind the impressive landscape we see today. This account of nature’s evolution instills in readers the value of Wisconsin’s parks that goes beyond just beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities; these areas provide a window into the distant past.

Author and science writer Scott Spoolman uses his accessible storytelling style to take readers through twenty-eight of Wisconsin’s parks, forests, and natural areas where evidence of the state’s striking geologic and natural history are on display.

Spoolman sheds light on the current landscape, drawing connections to ancient geologic processes, the evolution of the flora and fauna, and the development of human settlement and activities.

This book includes a selection of detailed trail guides for each park, which hikers can take with them on the trail to view evidence of Wisconsin’s geologic and natural history for themselves


Author Scott Spooman is a science writer who has focused on the environmental sciences, especially those stories of natural science and the environment related to Wisconsin and surrounding states. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, he worked for several years as an editor in the publishing industry, specializing in textbooks and other educational materials. Since 1996, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor for a variety of outlets and has coauthored several editions of a series of environmental science textbooks.


To truly appreciate Wisconsin’s stunning state parks, you need to understand the geologic forces that formed them. Spoolman’s accessible style and helpful hiking suggestions make this a great book for both geology geeks and recreational hikers.”

Melanie McManus, author of Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail

“This handsome and highly-readable guide helps us to celebrate the natural beauty and geologic history of our state parks. Every home should have a copy, and so should every car.”
Robert H. Dott Jr., coauthor Roadside Geology of Wisconsin

Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Book Launch Event
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Middleton Public Library, Middleton, Wis.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – Book Launch Event
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison, Wis.

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