For the City Times
What makes some animals and plants glow? How is an insect a superhero? What kinds of mammals live in the water? Discover the answers to these questions and more at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve this March.
Several free, public programs will be taught by UW-Stevens Point students at the reserve’s Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point. For more information, call 715-346-4992 or go to www.uwsp.edu/cnr/schmeeckle.
March programs include:
· Singing in the Snow, Thursday, March 3, 6-7 p.m. Discover the birds that sing in the reserve in the winter and how these birds adapt to harsh weather.
· Tales from Nature’s Pharmacy, Thursday, March 10, 6-7 p.m. Learn the health benefits of several common plants and stories about their medicinal uses.
· Things that Glow in Nature, Friday, March 11, 5-6 p.m. What makes mushrooms glow in the dark or fireflies light up the sky? Find out about these and other creatures and plants that glow naturally.
· Aquatic Mammal Mystery, Tuesday, March 15, 6-7 p.m. How are beavers, muskrats and otters — all aquatic mammals — different, and how are they the same?
· Rhythm of the Seasons, Thursday, March 17, 6-7 p.m. Enjoy an upbeat campfire activity and find your rhythm as winter turns into spring.
· Mad about Mosquitoes, Friday, March 18, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Learn how the pesky mosquito plays an important role in nature.
· Nature’s Superheroes, Monday, March 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nature is full of some super-strong, super-fast critters. Which one is your favorite superhero?
· Patterns in Nature, Wednesday, March 30, 6-7 p.m. Explore and appreciate the many hidden patterns in nature.
· Birds of Prey Don’t Play All Day, Thursday, March 31, 6-7 p.m. From owls to hawks, the raptors of Schmeeckle Reserve have many different survival behaviors.