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Wisconsin’s Scenic Treasures: Southern Vistas is a visually stunning trip across the landscapes of Southern Wisconsin’s most beautiful natural places. (Photo/PBS Wisconsin)

Focus Fund for Wisconsin Programs

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In our diverse state, there are millions of fascinating stories to be told. Important stories that provide a unique perspective, encourage critical thinking, educate and entertain. Expanding our local program offerings creates deeper, richer experiences and understanding that celebrates our unique character, people, and places.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is proud to support PBS Wisconsin for its efforts to promote the outdoors through captivating storytelling showcasing our state’s incredible natural resources. Whether online, television programming or in-person, everyone can find their adventure in Wisconsin.

Jane Simkins, WI DNR Marketing

How we Work

PBS Wisconsin gives viewers a chance to ‘visit’ our different cities, discover new cultures, and enjoy the treasures to be found in Wisconsin. Our producers and programmers seek important stories, discover the best storytellers and explore the issues of the day, conducting interviews, capturing video, researching archives, scripting, editing, and animating the programs to invent and deliver quality content and experiences that serve Wisconsin in a way unlike any other.

Our Impact

In-person high school graduations couldn’t happen in 2020 due to COVID-19. PBS Wisconsin could not let this important life event be missed for the Class of 2020. The Focus Fund for Wisconsin Programs made possible the special, Celebrating Wisconsin’s Graduates, featuring the stories of 10 different graduating high school seniors from all over the state during a tumultuous year. The Focus Fund for Wisconsin Programs also provided for the documentary, Mike Leckrone: Wisconsin’s Showman, which followed the charismatic University of Wisconsin Marching Band director in his 50th and final year on campus, delighting audiences across the state.


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  • Hamilton Family Foundation
  • Janet Sekulski
  • James Slattery
  • Steven Vedro and Beverly Gordon
  • Lila Waldman
  • Charles and Anita Williams
“American Provenance supports the Focus Fund for Wisconsin Programs because we are passionate about helping tell the interesting and meaningful stories of the people and places throughout the state that makes Wisconsin so special.”

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Featured Wisconsin Programs

Class of 2020: Celebrating Wisconsin's Graduates

Class of 2020: Celebrating Wisconsin's Graduates

2020’s high school graduates reflect on an unprecedented year demanding resilience, poise, and excellence to pursue their goals.

Rabbett Before Horses

Rabbett Before Horses

A documentary on the extraordinary work of Ojibwe artist and painter Rabbett Before Horses Strickland.

Wisconsin Hometown Stories

Wisconsin Hometown Stories

Telling Wisconsin's history one town at a time, this series highlights people, businesses and events that shaped Wisconsin.

Why Race Matters

Why Race Matters

Angela Fitzgerald sits in extended conversation with people devoted to elevating issues affecting Wisconsin's Black communities.

Wisconsin Life

Wisconsin Life

Celebrates what makes Wisconsin unique through the thought provoking, emotional, humorous and compelling stories of its people.

Scenic Treasures: Southern Vistas

Scenic Treasures: Southern Vistas

A visually stunning trip across the landscapes of Southern Wisconsin’s most beautiful forests, prairies, valleys, shorelines, flora and fauna.

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