Enjoy the fall season and learn about the world around you at nature programs offered this month at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Schmeeckle Reserve.
Taught by UW-Stevens Point students, the free programs meet at the reserve’s Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point. For more information, call 715-346-4992 or go to www.uwsp.edu/cnr/schmeeckle.
Program offerings in October include:
- Creepy Crawly Decomposers, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Unearth the creatures that break down fallen trees and other items in the forest. Dress for the weather.
- Glistening Gastropods, Saturday, Oct. 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Find out how snails and slugs are necessary for the health of the forest floor. Dress for the weather.
- Fireflies Illuminated, Monday, Oct. 22, 6-7 p.m. What makes the flickering of fireflies possible? Explore the glowing qualities that help fireflies make a living.
- Key to your senses, Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Animals use their senses to hide, hunt, move and communicate. See how you can do the same by unlocking the sights, smells, sounds and feels of Schmeeckle Reserve at dusk. Meet at the fire pit for a campfire program. Dress for the weather.