Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve group formed
4/22/2014


 

Schmeeckle Reserve is a resource for both the community and UW-Stevens Point campus. A newly formed Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve offers individuals, families and groups a chance to support it.

Dan Marx of Stevens Point began walking the Schmeeckle trails to rebuild his strength after a back injury a few years ago. He now serves on the 12-member board of directors for the newly formed Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve group. He and others believe the community welcomes an opportunity to support the 280-acre nature preserve, which is open to the public.

Memberships to join the nonprofit organization are now available. The Friends will provide community support for the reserve through educational programs, outreach, land management and acquisition, and fundraising.

Memberships are available for students, individuals, families, and corporations. The cost ranges from $10 to $50.

The Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve is sponsoring the reserve’s Candlelight Hike Festival, slated for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 25. The festival features torch-lit trails, a campfire program, craft tables and hands-on discovery stations. The Friends will staff a table at the event and accept membership registrations that evening.

“We hope to build even stronger bonds with the central Wisconsin community in the coming years,” said Ron Zimmerman, Schmeeckle Reserve director.

Benefits for Friends members include a newsletter, invitations to special events, volunteer opportunities and voting rights at an annual member meeting.

Schmeeckle Reserve is an outdoor classroom managed by the university’s College of Natural Resources. Five miles of walking and biking trails weave through its wetlands and forests.

To join the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve, sign up online at www.uwsp.edu/schmeeckle. For more information, contact the Reserve’s Community Outreach Coordinator Megan Espe at mespe@uwsp.edu or 715-346-4992.

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