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Wisconsin Waters and Wisconsin State Parks

  • March 29, 2023
  • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Capitol Lakes


  • Free and Open to the Public

    Registration Required


Wednesday March 29, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

In-Person at Capitol Lakes Auditorium, 333 W. Main

Registration is Not Required

Free Parking in Capitol Lakes Ramp

Science writer Scott Spoolman invites you to explore Wisconsin’s many and varied waterways and landscapes and to learn how they came to be as they are today.   From the placid Mississippi, to waterfalls crashing over hard rock ledges near Lake Superior, to life bursting forth in one of the world’s largest freshwater marshes, these waterways each have a fascinating story to tell.

Scott will sample a few of the nineteen stories and several photographs from his new book Wisconsin Waters: the Ancient History of Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls

From his earlier book,  Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History, Scott will sample from his stories of twenty-eight state parks and forests that reveal the evidence of the state’s striking geology and natural history, including volcanic eruptions, invasions by ancient seas, and crushing glaciers. As with Wisconsin Waters, this book includes trail guides that help readers to explore on their own. The author will include readings from a few of the stories and from the trail or travel guides that follow each story.

Scott Spoolman 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. He grew up in northern Wisconsin and earned a master's degree from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism with an emphasis on science reporting.  

He worked for several years in the publishing industry, and since then as a freelance writer. He has coauthored several editions of a series of environmental science textbooks.  His latest books are Wisconsin Waters: the Ancient History of Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls, the award-winning Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History, both published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, and Wisconsin Rocks: A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Badger State, published by Mountain Press Publishing Company.

After the lecture, books will be available for purchase.

Parking: Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, 333 W. Main St.

There is free parking in the ramp across the street. Take & keep the parking ramp entry ticket with you. Drive up to the S (SKY) Level. Park only in stalls labeled Capitol Lakes (with Dome logo). Walk up the stairs to Elevator Access Room. Take elevator down from S Level => E Level (Main St. Access Exit). Cross street and enter the main doors.  The talk is in the auditorium on the first floor.  When you return, take your parking ramp ticket to the Capitol Lakes receptionist to scan it paid, for use when you exit at the parking ramp gate.

Questions?  Contact lecture organizer Trish Iaccarino at

COVID Protocol for Capitol Lakes

At this time, the only COVID requirement is that everyone entering the building must make an entry in and sign the registration book located at the front desk.  This requirement would apply to PLATO members taking a course, attending an in person lecture or using their lobby or bathrooms as they wait for a bus.  Wear masks if desired.

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