Schmeeckle Reserve offers nature programs this month

From edible plants and stargazing to river history and vultures, discover something new this November through free programs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Schmeeckle Reserve.

Taught by UW-Stevens Point students, these programs meet at the reserve's Visitor Center, located at 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 715-346-4992 or go to Dress for the weather, as some programs are outdoors.

November programs include:

  • Monsters in the Muck, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 5-6 p.m. Find the creepy, crawly creatures that live in the waters of the reserve and their value to humans and the environment.

  • Nature's Grocery Store, Thursday, Nov. 2, 5-6 p.m. Shop in nature to sample forest goodies and learn the do's and don'ts of forest edibles.

  • Stevens Point: Where It All Began, Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-noon. Meet at the Pfiffner Pioneer Park band shell and hear city history from a river pilot and sawmill worker.

  • Spiders of Schmeeckle, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6-7 p.m. Learn how spiders in your backyard are important to people and Wisconsin's wildlife.

  • Keep Calm and Carrion, Thursday, Nov. 9, 6-7 p.m. Vultures have some bad habits, so why are they one of nature's most important animals?

  • Oh Deer!, Saturday, Nov. 11, 3-4 p.m. Find the signs deer leave behind and learn more about how they adapt as they live at the reserve.

  • A Look Under the Stars, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6-7 p.m. Join a night of stargazing and storytelling about the November sky.

  • Man vs. Wildlife, Saturday, Nov. 18, 1-2 p.m. How do human senses compare to the abilities wildlife use to survive?

  • Want to be Turtlely Cool? Thursday, Nov. 30, 6-7 p.m. Discover how you can help protect five endangered species of turtles in Wisconsin and learn more about them.

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