Tag Archives: Schmeeckle Reserve

A Schmeeckle Mystery: The Case of the Missing Animals

The Schmeeckle Candlelight Hike Festival took place on Oct. 27. This year’s theme was “A Schmeeckle Mystery: The Case of the Missing Animals.” The festival, which started back in 2005, has taken on many different themes including prehistoric Schmeeckle and underwater Schmeeckle. Emma Phifer, graduate assistant for Schmeeckle Reserve, said, “It is always a challenge to choose a theme. It ... Read More »

Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve Embark On New Amphitheater Project

Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve are in the process of constructing a 200-seat amphitheater which will take the place of the existing campfire and stage area. For many, Schmeeckle is an area to take in nature, relax and attend community events. The Candle Light Hike, which occurred on Oct. 27, is one of the increasingly popular events hosted at the Reserve. ... Read More »

Schmeekle’s First Director Retires

The first Director of Schmeeckle, Ron Zimmerman, is retiring at age 66 after 37 years in the position. His time with the reserve has been marked with the progress and struggle of turning a piece of land into a self-sustaining economic entity. Zimmerman shared his experience at Stevens Point as the people he knew became the names of buildings and what ... Read More »

Schmeeckle Reserve Fends Off Hordes of Invasive Species

Five miles of trails and over 280 acres of land make Schmeeckle Reserve a recreational hub for the city, but people are working behind the forest backdrop to preserve it. Volunteers and staff are trying to inhibit the spread of invasive species. One of those species is buckthorn. “We’ve been battling it for at least the past ten years,” said ... Read More »

University Store Impacts Campus and Community with Change 4 Change Jar

Every semester, student employees at the University Store and Text Rental make suggestions for which organization to donate the contents of their change jar to, encouraging shoppers to give their loose change to charity. The jar sits at the checkout area of the store, making it easily accessible for shoppers to drop their leftover change from transactions. “Many times, people ... Read More »

Candlelight Hike Festival

The community Candlelight Hike Festival took place on Nov. 2 at Schmeeckle Reserve and brought in a record turnout of 900 participants, including students from campus and families from the community. The semiannual festival has been held every fall and spring since the winter of 2005 and is free for the public to attend.   Megan Espe, the graduate assistant ... Read More »