The Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, 2419 Northpoint Dr. (Courtesy UWSP)

‘Spring’ back into nature at UWSP’s Schmeeckle Reserve

Metro Wire Staff

UW-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve has announced several new family nature programs in March and April.

Programs will be led by UWSP students. All events are outside so participants should dress for the weather. The meeting spot will be by the woodchipped picnic area near the Pankowski Friends Amphitheater unless otherwise noted.

The return of the spring candlelight hike begins with, “Schmeeckle: The Musical,” on Friday, May 6, from 7-9:30 p.m.

The following programs will be offered this spring:

  • “Schmeeckle’s Fantastic Flora,” Tuesday, March 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Explore ethnobotany, the study of a region’s plants, based on traditional knowledge of area tribal nations.
  • “Spring Time ‘Crime,’” Thursday, March 31, 6-7 p.m. Which critters are guilty of digging, sneaking, and rummaging as spring arrives? You be the judge. Meet at the amphitheater.
  • “Mighty Muskrat,” Saturday, April 2, 2-3 p.m. Dive into the powers of the supersecret muskrat who lives in the waterways of the reserve. Meet at the south shore beach of Lake Joanis.
  • “In-CAW!-parable Crows,” Tuesday, April 5, 6-7 p.m. Crows have many tricks up their wings to thrive. Learn about their survival secrets.
  • “Give ‘em Shelter,” Thursday, April 7, 6-7 p.m. Learn about the history and adaptations of butterflies and the restoration efforts to improve their numbers. Meet at the amphitheater.
  • “Searching the Savanna,” Saturday, April 9, 2-3 p.m. Discover the history of the reserve’s oak savanna and the plants and animals that call it home.
  • “Notes of Spring,” Thursday, April 12, 6-7 p.m., Join the frog chorus and listen to their stories, songs, and calls.
  • “Cattail Curiosities,” Thursday, April 14, 6-7 p.m. Learn about the many wonders of cattails, such as how they feed and protect many animal species.

Schmeeckle Reserve is a field station of UWSP operated by the College of Natural Resources. Its purpose is to protect and restore ecosystems, serve as an outdoor classroom for learning, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities. A new all-season restroom building near the Schmeeckle Visitor Center parking lot is open for use.

Participants are required to register ahead by emailing [email protected]. Include the programs you want to attend, the total in your group, your email address, and your phone number.

Confirmations, cancellations, or rain rescheduling information will be sent via email. Space is limited to 30 attendees each.