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Visitor Center


Open year-round, the Schmeeckle Visitor Center is a gateway for exploring the Reserve and the Green Circle Trail. Student staff are available to answer questions and provide information about Schmeeckle, the university, and central Wisconsin. Explore hands-on exhibits, watch wildlife at the bird viewing windows, shop at the Browse Shop, have a picnic on the back deck, and experience the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame.



Visitor Center Hours

Open 7 days a week
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Call ahead for holiday hours



Amenities

  • Free parking
  • Information desk staffed by student employees
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking fountain and water bottle filling station
  • Browse Shop, featuring unique nature-related gifts
  • Live animal exhibits
  • Kids activity area with puppets, books, coloring pages, and scavenger hunts
  • Wildlife viewing area with large windows, rocking chairs, binoculars, and a bird cam
  • Conservation History Museum with hands-on exhibits
  • Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, honoring inductees who have contributed to the state's environmental legacy
  • Meeting room, available for community groups and classes
  • Family nature programs, offered in the spring and fall
  • Decks and picnic tables
  • Green Circle Trail headquarters


Directions

The visitor center is located at 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point, WI.
Click here for directions to the visitor center.



Accessibility

The Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center is a universally accessible building. If you have any special needs, please contact us at schmeeckle@uwsp.edu.



Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame

The Schmeeckle Visitor Center is home to the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. Wisconsin is a leader in conservation policy and education. In 1984, the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) was founded to honor men and women who have made significant contributions to the environmental legacy of the state.

In 1990, Schmeeckle Reserve partnered with the WCHF, and a large addition was constructed onto the visitor center. The addition included conservation history exhibits, a formal hall of fame gallery, meeting room, and cedar sign shop.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, visit www.wchf.org.



Green Circle Logo 2 in.jpgGreen Circle Trail

Schmeeckle Reserve is the headquarters of the Green Circle Trail, a 26-mile natural hiking and biking trail that loops around the Stevens Point area. About 1.4 miles of the Green Circle meanders through the northern part of Schmeeckle Reserve, with easy access to the rest of the trails. Stop by the Reserve visitor center for free parking, information and maps, and Green Circle Trail souvenirs.

To learn more about the Green Circle Trail, download maps, check trail conditions, or leave comments, visit www.greencircletrail.org.

Please note: Pets are not allowed in Schmeeckle Reserve. An alternate Green Circle route is available along North Point Drive for trail users with pets.