STEVENS POINT (WAOW)—Environmental conservation has been a passion of Wisconsinites for generations. So its no surprise that people who go above and beyond in the quest to preserve the state's natural beauty be honored in a picturesque setting.
"We were created to protect the natural resources in the area, to preserve and also to manage those native landscapes to Central Wisconsin" Assistant Director of Schmeeckle Reserve Jim Buchholz told Newsline 9.
The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, inside the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitors Center, 2419 North Point Dr., Stevens Point, inducts individuals annually who contribute to the preservation of Wisconsin's landscape.
It also includes an interactive museum that walks individuals through the state's environmental history.
"They're the kind of thing especially kids would like to see" retired University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point professor Earl Spangenberg said.
Spangenberg helps organize the Conservation Hall of Fame and accompanying museum featuring displays constructed by UWSP students.
The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame is open seven days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. But activity often takes place outside of normal business hours. The Hall of Fame often partners with Schmeeckle Reserve and UWSP students offering free programs geared toward families that inform about environmental issues.
On Friday, Oct. 28 the reserve is sponsoring "Stormy Weather at Schmeeckle". The program entails an interpretative trail tour through the reserve by candlelight where families learn about severe weather and how to best prepare.