The UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources is the largest in the country because of the variety of specialty programs and unique learning opportunities it offers to students. Students engage their curriculum in different learning environments including Schmeeckle Nature Reserve, the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, and Treehaven. Having these unique learning environments separates our students from the rest, which draws employers directly to our graduates. If you visualize a college experience not bound to a classroom; you would love the majors in the College of Natural Resources.
The college has three field stations. The three field stations that are owned by UW-Stevens Point are really an integral part of the College of Natural Resources program. There are three stations and each one offers kind of a unique experience for students. Treehaven is kind of the Northwoods experience where you really get to learn hands-on techniques and natural resources. Central Wisconsin Environmental Station on beautiful Sunset Lake is a camp. It really caters towards the K-12 students, so students that are in our environmental education and interpretation program learn how to deal with that younger audience. And Schmeeckle Reserve is a 280 acre natural area that's adjacent to the main academic campus of Stevens Point and it provides a really neat opportunity for students to access a natural area in the middle of urbanized Stevens Point real close to school. All three of these field stations offer a unique opportunity for College of Natural Resource students to practice scientific investigations, conduct research off-site. It really helps when we're learning the material to just come outside and actually get a hands-on practical application of the stuff we're learning. Allows the professors to really teach us what to expect when we get out into the field. It's extremely beneficial hands-on experience. I love it, I've learned so much more here than I do reading a textbook. Anybody coming into this is going to have a new realm opened up for them. The field stations remind us of why we're striving to protect and care for our natural resources. They provide an opportunity for research projects. They provide an opportunity to go walk in the woods and enjoy some peace and tranquility. They provide an opportunity for outreach to the community and we think that we are very lucky to have the beautiful field stations that we have.