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Services / Resources: Nature and the Environment

On-site Services

A variety of helpful equipment, archives and services are available at your local Marathon County Public Library! Some resources are only available at certain MCPL locations, as noted below.

patrons viewing Phyllis Donner Aquarium

Phyllis Donner Aquarium

The children's department at MCPL Wausau features a 650-gallon saltwater aquarium with a living coral reef and more than 30 species of tropical fish and other marine life! The tank was built by Acrylic Tank Manufacturing of Las Vegas and was funded by a donation from the estate of Phyllis Donner, a Wausau resident. Inhabitants of... (read more)

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Online Resources

The following are databases to which the library has subscribed and websites that are affiliated with the library or host library-owned content. For an A-Z listing of all online resources, click here.



Articles covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.  Includes scholarly, government and general-interest titles.  Content covers global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable practices, renewable energy and recycling. Key journals include: Agriculture, ecosystems & Environment,... (read more)

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The following are third-party websites suggested by library staff for your consideration according to our Materials Selection Procedure. Use these websites at your own risk; they are not controlled or monitored by the library.

Conservation, Planning and Zoning (CPZ)

Marathon County's CPZ department has the following services:Conservation Services administers programs to implement the Land and Water Resource Management Plan which includes the Farmland Preservation Program, Managed Intensive Grazing, Lake Districts, Wildlife Damage and Abatement, as well as regulatory activities associated with the Waste Storage Facility...

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Dave's Garden

Search over 160,000 plants. Members can chat with other gardeners in our 144 active forums, identify plants, pets, birds and butterflies.

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Environment at a Glance

From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, this website tracks and provides data around climate change, air quality and other environmental factors. 

Web Nature and the Environment

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Marathon County Parks, Recreation & Forestry: Reservable Facilities

The Marathon County Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department has nearly 20 reservable sites throughout the county! These sites include the Oak Island Shelter, Pleasant View Shelter, Riverside Lodge, Sylvan Hill Chalet, and others.

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Master Gardener Program

Get your gardening questions answered by a Master Gardener, or take classes to become a Master Gardener yourself! The Master Gardener program is an all-volunteer organization sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. 

Web Home and Garden Nature and the Environment

National Geographic: Animals

Pictures, scientific information and news regarding animals from all over the planet.

Web Nature and the Environment Animals and Pets

National Weather Service

A wealth of current and historical weather and climate data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Includes resources for students and educators.

Web Nature and the Environment

Our World In Data

Students can search for up to date data on various world wide concerns, including climate and ecology. 

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Private Forest Lands Open for Public Recreation

Through the Managed Forest Law (MFL) and Forest Crop Law (FCL) programs, some private forest lands are open to the public for recreational purposes. This web mapping tool from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) can help you find which lands are now available. 

Online Government Marathon County Nature and the Environment Web

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a federal government agency whose primary responsibility is to manage fish and wildlife resources in the public trust for people today and future generations.

Web Animals and Pets Nature and the Environment