STEVENS POINT — The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will host several programs at Schmeeckle Reserve in October.

Taught by UW-Stevens Point students, the free programs meet at the reserve’s Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 715-346-4992 or go to Dress for the weather, as most programs are outdoors.

October programs include:

Falling Colors, Oct. 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Discover the secrets behind the changing leaves on a hike in the reserve, then create leaf crafts and sample traditional fall treats.

Sculptures Come Alive, Oct. 13, 2-3 p.m. Meet at the Stevens Point Sculpture Park, 900 North Second St., and hear behind-the-scenes stories about the park’s artwork.

Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Oct. 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Explore the mysteries of the world of mushrooms on the forest floor at Schmeeckle Reserve.

Hallowed Traditions Come Alive! Oct. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. What is the true story of Halloween? Learn about the 2,000-year-old holiday’s cultural and religious traditions.

2018 Fall Candlelight Hike Festival, Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m. Join in as Schmeeckle Reserve explores “Bloodsuckers of Schmeeckle” with family educational campfire programs at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tour the new Friends Amphitheater and enjoy half-mile and one-mile walks along torch- and jack-o’-lantern-lit paths, hands-on activities, parasite displays and free crafts and snacks. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 per family.

Photo courtesy UWSP. Follow a torch- and jack-o’-lantern lit path through Schmeeckle Reserve as part of the 2018 Fall Candlelight Hike Festival on Oct. 26.