UWSP invites public to celebrate ‘African Adventure Week’

Metro Wire Staff

A celebration of African culture and wildlife will be held at the UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History this month.

African Adventure Week will be offered Monday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Oct. 25, with activities and presentations for all ages. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

On Monday, Oct. 21, the director of UW-Stevens Point’s Wisconsin Center for Wildlife, Scott Hygnstrom, will give a special presentation, “Save Me from the Lion’s Mouth: UWSP’s Efforts to Reduce Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Southern Africa.”

The presentation will be offered from 5-6 p.m. in Albertson Hall Room 104, 900 Reserve St., Stevens Point.

The museum’s curator of parasitology, Assistant Professor Sarah Orlofske, will give a presentation on Tuesday, October 22. “The Big Five Parasites of Africa: An Introduction to Deadly Human Pathogens,” will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Trainer Natural Resources Building Room 120, 800 Reserve St., Stevens Point.

On Wednesday, October 23, and Friday, Oct. 25, watch the new live version of “The Lion King” at 7 or 9:30 p.m. in the Dreyfus University Center (DUC) Theater, sponsored by the museum and the university’s Campus Activities and Student Engagement office. The movie is $5 or free with a UW-Stevens Point student I.D. Popcorn will be available for sale before each show.

From 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, take part in the grand opening of the new African exhibit at the museum in the lobby of Albertson Hall, 900 Reserve Street, Stevens Point. Learn about African animals and see their skulls and an African buffalo hide djembe (drum) at a touch table, then make a drum of your own.

A special African-themed Story Time at the Museum for preschoolers and their parents or guardians will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, with the books “Starry Safari” and “Roar! A Noisy Counting Book.” Stay for crafts after the reading.

To learn more about these events and other learning opportunities at the museum, go to www.uwsp.edu/cols-ap/museum/Pages/default.aspx.