The Wisconsin state flag consists of a dark blue background on which the state coat of arms is centered. Added are the state name is in bold lettering at the top and the year of the state's admittance to the union, 1848, on the lower part of the flag. The ribbon at the top of the seal contains the state motto "Forward". "A sailor stands to the left of the shield and a miner to the left. The tools of the important trades of the times lie within the shield: the symbols for agriculture (plow), mining (pick and shovel), manufacturing (arm and hammer), and navigation (anchor). The badger, which is the state animal, sits above the shield. It represents the name given to the lead miners. At the base of the shield, is a cornucopia, or horn of plenty, standing for prosperity and abundance, while a pyramid of 13 lead ingots represents mineral wealth and the 13 original U.S. states. In the center lies the U.S. coat of arms symbolizing Wisconsin's loyalty to the Union."
Wisconsin flags for outdoor use are constructed of a durable nylon fabric especially developed for flag use. Nylon's tight weave provides maximum beauty and flyability as well as brilliant, fast colors. Its weave helps shed pollution, dirt and grime that the looser weave alternatives absorb. Nylon is water repellent and mildew resistant.