Awaken your senses as spring arrives at the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point Schmeeckle Reserve in April.
Offered to the public free of charge, the following
programs will be led by UW-Stevens Point students and held at the Schmeeckle
Reserve Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point or in the reserve
(unless otherwise noted). Dress for the weather. For more information, call the
Schmeeckle Reserve office at 715-346-4992 or go to www.uwsp.edu/cnr/schmeeckle.
- Spring Amphibian Serenade, Wednesday, April 2, 7-8 p.m.
Take a closer look at the reserve’s frogs, toads and salamanders. Meet at the
Wood Lane entrance at the northwest corner of the reserve.
- Spice Up Your Senses, Sunday, April 6, 2-3 p.m.
Engage your sense of smell, touch and taste while discovering how garden plants
can spice up the kitchen. An optional $4 workshop offers the chance to create
and take home potted herbs. Register by April 1.
- Philosophy of the Rocks, Monday, April 7, 6:30-7:30
p.m. Experience the natural world through a rock climber’s perspective.
- The Healing Power of Nature, Saturday, April 12, 2-3 p.m.
Enjoy a relaxing stroll through Schmeeckle, then create your own
- Hopping through History, Thursday, April 17, 6-7 p.m.
Hike through Schmeeckle Reserve while hearing many tales about famous rabbits
of our time, including the Easter Bunny.
- Champions of the Wilderness, Monday, April 21, 6:30-7:30
p.m. Hike through the reserve and hear about naturalist heroes such as Rachel
Carson, Gaylord Nelson and Aldo Leopold.
- Spring Candlelight
Hike Festival, Friday,
April 25, 7–9:30 p.m. Take part in a torch-lit walk along the paths of the
reserve, attend campfire ring presentation of “Prehistoric Schmeeckle” at 7:30
or 8:30 p.m., create colorful crafts, enjoy hands-on activities and snacks, win
door prizes and purchase nature-themed gifts at the Browse Shop. There’s no
admission; a suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family.
- Legends of the Sky, Wednesday, April 30, 7:30-8:30
p.m. An evening campfire will be filled with storytelling and stargazing as the
spring constellations are explored.
Reserve is a 280-acre nature preserve on the north end of the UW-Stevens Point
campus. The Visitor Center Browse Shop has gifts for all ages, including a wide
variety of nature books and field guides. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven
days a week.