Metro Wire Staff
Environmental education students invite the public to take a walk on the wild side this fall during several nature programs offered at the UW-Stevens Point Schmeeckle Reserve.
Programs in October and November will be limited to 30 participants each and attendees must register in advance, as no walk-ins will be allowed.
To register, email [email protected] with the title(s) of the programs you want to attend, the number in your group, email address, and phone number. Registrations will be confirmed by email.
All programs will be held outdoors, starting at the woodchipped seating area near the Pankowski Friends Amphitheater unless otherwise noted. In case of heavy rain or storms, registrants will be contacted with a rain date. In case of cancellation, attendees will be notified.
Fall programs will include:
- If Looks Could Quill, Thursday, Oct. 14, 5-6 p.m. – There is much more to learn about porcupines than their sharp quills.
- Fall Frenzy, Sunday, Oct. 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Reptiles and amphibians are preparing for winter. See live animals to learn how snakes, turtles, and bullfrogs adapt to the cold. Meet at the Menzel Pavilion.
- Take a Walk on the Wild Side, Thursday, Oct. 21, 5-6 p.m. – Search Schmeeckle Reserve for the clues that critters leave behind to discover what those signs mean.
- Creatures of the Night, Saturday, Oct. 23, 5-6 p.m. – Learn how nocturnal wildlife use their senses to navigate in the dark. Meet in the Parkway Shelter north of Maria Drive (parking in Lot J is free on weekends).
- Virtual Candlelight Hike program, Friday, Oct. 29 – Check out Schmeeckle Reserve on Facebook for details and activities Oct. 25-29, then watch the live-streamed “Schmeeckle Olympics” program on Friday.
- Falling for Fungi, Thursday, Nov. 4, 5-6 p.m. Take a walk through the reserve to discover the different types of fungi that grow there and how they are used.
- Near and Deer to My Heart, Saturday, Nov. 6, 4-5 p.m. The bucks of Schmeeckle are looking for mates. Explore the behavior of these deer bachelors and how they get attention.