Get wild this winter at Schmeeckle Reserve

Go wild this winter at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve with several free programs on wild animals of the land, sea and sky.

Taught by UW-Stevens Point students, the public programs meet at the reserve’s Visitor Center,
2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point. For more information, call 715-346-4992 or go to

December programs include:

·         Bald Eagles: Living Legends, Monday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Using their incredible adaptations, bald eagles have survived, thrived and endeared themselves to Wisconsinites.

·         The Quilled Tale of a Porcupine, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Do you think porcupines can shoot their quills when threatened? Explore the facts and folklore of Wisconsin’s second-largest rodent, the quill pig.

·         Farmers of the Forest, Saturday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m. Meet Schmeeckle Reserve’s very own local laborers, creatures who act as planters, harvesters and butchers of the forest. Discover the connection between nature’s farmers and the “farm to fork” movement in Stevens Point.

·         Fish On!, Sunday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. What do you get when you combine ice, a pole, a bucket and your family? Memories that last a lifetime. Throw on your ice crampons and trek over to drill deeper into the meaning of “Gone Fishing.”

·         Frigid Feathers, Monday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m. Not all birds fly south for the winter. Discover how our feathered friends brave winter’s wrath. Help these neighbors by bringing a clean milk or juice carton to build a feeder.

·         Migratory Madness, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. With the chill of winter comes an annual tradition among ducks and geese in Wisconsin: migration. Learn more about waterfowl along the Wisconsin River as they prepare for the journey.

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