Learn about the natural world from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point experts during a series of programs at Schmeeckle Reserve.
The Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve group is sponsoring three programs this summer. All are held from 6:30-8 p.m. and begin at the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point. Programs are free and open to the public.
The programs include:
- Tuesday, June 6, Fish of Schmeeckle Reserve - Associate Professor Justin Sipiorski, biology
Sipiorski, curator of fishes at the Museum of Natural History at UW-Stevens Point, has surveyed the fish populations in Lake Joanis and Moses Creek in Schmeeckle Reserve. He is known for his biological illustrations, which are featured in many publications, including the children's book "Fish Hotel," the "Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes" and "The Fishes of Nebraska." After the program, take part in a netting demonstration in the reserve.
- Tuesday, June 27, Rocks Rock! - Doug Moore, retired UW-Stevens Point photographer
Moore has been a rock hound for 60 years and program chair of the Heart of Wisconsin Gem and Mineral Society since 1983. He will introduce the wonderful world of rocks, minerals, fossils, agates and thundereggs with samples and a short survey of rocks in the Schmeeckle parking lot. Bring a rock to be identified.
Programs will be indoors and outside, so dress for the weather. Light refreshments will be served.
- Tuesday, July 18, Backyard Prairies - Paul Skawinski, UW-Extension Lakes Program
Backyard prairies and flower gardens are great substitutes for high-maintenance lawn, especially where mowing is difficult. Skawinski will discuss how he began converting under-used areas of his property to butterfly gardens using native plants, how he has nearly eliminated stormwater runoff and how butterflies and other animals have responded. The program will conclude with a tour of his yard to see the results.
For more information about the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve, call 715-346-4992 or visit www.uwsp.edu/schmeeckle and click on Friends of Schmeeckle.