Make the outdoors your classroom as the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Schmeeckle Reserve offers a variety of free programs in April.
These public programs will be taught by UW-Stevens Point students at the reserve's Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Dr., Stevens Point, unless otherwise noted. Some activities are outdoors, so dress for the weather. For more information, call 715-346-4992 or go to www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/schmeeckle.
April programs include:
- Wetland MVPs, Saturday, April 7, 1-2 p.m. Hop into a frog's shoes to explore their homes in the reserve.
- Nature's Misunderstood Renovators, Sunday, April 8, 2-3 p.m. See the aftermath of a storm that hit Schmeeckle Reserve in 2017 and find the upside to the destruction. Meet at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Maria Drive.
- Holy Moses!, Tuesday, April 10, 6-7 p.m. Embark on a journey along Moses Creek, discovering its ecosystem and native creatures while getting your hands dirty at discovery stations. Meet at the corner of Northpoint Drive and Wood Lane.
- Settler Style Survival, Thursday, April 12, 6-7 p.m. Join us around the campfire to learn how early pioneers used self-reliance and outdoor survival skills.
- Night Performers, Thursday, April 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Listen to the world of woodcocks, nighthawks and whippoorwills and learn why they sing and dance at night.
- Following in Their Footsteps, Saturday, April 21, 1-2 p.m. All tracks tell a story – what secret messages are left in the ground?
- Nature's Home Security, Sunday, April 22, 1-2 p.m. In what ways do animals protect themselves from hungry predators and nosy humans?
- Legends of Bald Eagles, Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hear how these recognizable and beloved birds are prominent in many American cultures.
- Plants: Food, Medicine and Fun! Saturday, April 28, 2-3 p.m. Discover how common plants play a role in food, medicine and art, then sample some goodies and make your own flower press.