Spring programs at Schmeeckle Reserve

Awaken your senses as spring arrives at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Schmeeckle Reserve in April.

Offered to the public free of charge, the following programs will be led by UW-Stevens Point students and held at the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point or in the reserve (unless otherwise noted). Dress for the weather. For more information, call the Schmeeckle Reserve office at 715-346-4992 or go to www.uwsp.edu/cnr/schmeeckle.

  • Spring Amphibian Serenade, Wednesday, April 2, 7-8 p.m. Take a closer look at the reserve’s frogs, toads and salamanders. Meet at the Wood Lane entrance at the northwest corner of the reserve.

  • Spice Up Your Senses, Sunday, April 6, 2-3 p.m. Engage your sense of smell, touch and taste while discovering how garden plants can spice up the kitchen. An optional $4 workshop offers the chance to create and take home potted herbs. Register by April 1.

  • Philosophy of the Rocks, Monday, April 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Experience the natural world through a rock climber’s perspective.

  • The Healing Power of Nature, Saturday, April 12, 2-3 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through Schmeeckle, then create your own nature-inspired artwork.

  • Hopping through History, Thursday, April 17, 6-7 p.m. Hike through Schmeeckle Reserve while hearing many tales about famous rabbits of our time, including the Easter Bunny.

  • Champions of the Wilderness, Monday, April 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hike through the reserve and hear about naturalist heroes such as Rachel Carson, Gaylord Nelson and Aldo Leopold.

  • Spring Candlelight Hike Festival, Friday, April 25, 7–9:30 p.m. Take part in a torch-lit walk along the paths of the reserve, attend campfire ring presentation of “Prehistoric Schmeeckle” at 7:30 or 8:30 p.m., create colorful crafts, enjoy hands-on activities and snacks, win door prizes and purchase nature-themed gifts at the Browse Shop. There’s no admission; a suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family.

  • Legends of the Sky, Wednesday, April 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m. An evening campfire will be filled with storytelling and stargazing as the spring constellations are explored.

Schmeeckle Reserve is a 280-acre nature preserve on the north end of the UW-Stevens Point campus. The Visitor Center Browse Shop has gifts for all ages, including a wide variety of nature books and field guides. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.


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