BY LEXI RODENCAL
Fall has finally reached the St. Norbert campus. Classes are in full swing, and students are once again spending long hours in the library getting homework done. Despite all of us being settled into school, there are many activities happening on campus and in the greater De Pere community that are more than easily accessible to college students and faculty alike.
One event that is coming up soon on campus is the annual FallFEST. This year, it takes place on Friday Oct.16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will once again be in the campus center. FallFEST is a carnival-themed event that hosts live music, pumpkin painting, a photo booth, games and lots of free food. St. Norbert’s FallFEST also takes place during our school’s Heritage Week. Heritage Week is a weeklong event that celebrates the history of SNC and its Norbertine heritage.
Another thing to do in the upcoming brisk fall days is going to the NEW Zoo, which is located on Reforestation Road in Suamico–only a 20-minute drive from campus. The NEW Zoo has over 90 species of animals (and over 200 individual animals), from red pandas to snow leopards to otters.
The zoo also lets its visitors feed the giraffes during feeding times, and you can give them treats and snacks whenever you visit the giraffe exhibit. The giraffe exhibit is also special to the NEW Zoo because it has a somewhat open concept and offers a very intimate experience between zoo-goers and giraffes. Additionally, the NEW Zoo puts on an event called “Zoo Boo” on the second, third and fourth weekends in Oct. from 3p.m. onwards. Zoo Boo allows guests to experience the NEW Zoo in a completely new setting, with a DJ, Halloween decorations, trick-or-treating, reportedly live swamp monsters and a haunted horse-drawn wagon ride. Zoo Boo tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate.
The NEW Zoo also offers an Adventure Park open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the end of Oct. on weekends only. The Adventure Park offers activities such as zip lining and a high ropes course, and it is best for team-building exercises or outings with friends. The entire package is $25 a person, but you can also choose to do an individual activity in order to save some money–zip lining is $12 a person, and the ropes course is $15 a person.
Apple Valley Orchard is another little known place to go this fall. Only a 12-minute drive from campus, Apple Valley is a great place to spend a free afternoon or lazy weekend and get a chance to explore the surrounding community.
At the Apple Valley Orchard, you can pick your own apples from the orchard’s trees from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekdays and from 10a.m. to 3p.m. on Sundays. The orchard has 18 varieties of apples, from the classic Red Delicious to the more exotic Honey Crisp or Rhome Beauty. The company also sells all these varieties of apples in their storeroom, along with jams, jellies, pies, ciders, treats (including homemade caramel apples!) and more. Apple Valley Orchard also has a small petting zoo on their grounds, with donkeys, peacocks, goats and many more animals.
Fall is one of the most visually pleasing times of year, and we are lucky to be able to experience it on such a beautiful campus and community. So please, Green Knights, get out and enjoy as many pumpkin spice lattes and football tailgates you can before the long winter chill sets in and we all start to hibernate.