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WICHITA MOUNTAINS NWR TEACHES AREA STUDENTS
Southwest Region, October 31, 2005
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October 1 & 2, 2005 – Fourteen (14) students from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Oklahoma, visited the refuge to participate in a weekend ‘Grassland Ecology Workshop’. These participants learned about and viewed management of native grasses and grasslands.

 

On October 4, 2005 Geronimo High School, Lawton, Oklahoma, brought five students to study and discuss the geology of these Wichita Mountains, and how to identify different species of aquatic invertebrates.

 

Holliday Elementary, Holliday, Texas, brought 98 students/sponsors to the Refuge on October 5, 2005 to participate in the environmental education orientation program and build on their knowledge of these Wichita Mountains.

 

On October 6, 2005 Carnegie High School, Carnegie, Oklahoma, visited the refuge with thirteen members of their senior class. Many topics were covered including medicinal & edible plants, and identification of native species of wildlife.

On October 6, 2005 twenty three members of a Home School Association visited the Refuge and learned about many different topics.

 

On October 12, 2005 eight plumbing and brick mason students from Treasure Lake Job Corps were able to participate in a day of fishing. Many environmental topics were discussed but concerning water and identification of species were the focus. Students are required to know how to use a tape measure for their trade and were able to practice measuring each fish they caught and tallying a final length.

 

On October 12, 2005 seven members of Lawton Public Schools Envirothon Team visited the Refuge and learned how to identify and then were tested on aquatic species identification.     

 

Trinity School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, brought twenty five students to the refuge on October 13, 2005 to learn about these Wichita Mountains. Some of the topics discussed include: Bison ecology, medicinal & edible plants, the cycling of nutrients, refuge carrying capacity, Black-tailed Prairie Dog ecology, refuge history, and the identification of native species of wildlife.

 

On October 19, 2005 Sunset Elementary, Anadarko, Oklahoma, came to the refuge with thirty-four participants. Many topics were covered to include medicinal & edible plants, and identification of native species of wildlife.

 

 

 

Girl Scout Troop 672, Chickasha, Oklahoma, visited the Refuge on October 20, 2005 with thirty enthusiastic participants. Medical & edible plants was the main topic but identification of native species of wildlife, refuge carrying capacity, nutrient cycling, and the Black-tailed Prairie dog were also discussed.    

 

On October 20, 2005 the Comanche Nation Youth Program, Apache, Oklahoma, brought forty members to the refuge. The youth enjoyed a visit into the Special Use Area. Many topics were discussed and a variety of wildlife was observed. Some of the wildlife available for viewing were Bison, Texas Longhorn, roadrunners, elk, turkey, deer, and coyotes.

 

On October 22, 2005  Boy Scout Troop 237, Purcell, Oklahoma, came with fifteen  members of their troop to participate in the environmental education orientation program. Medicinal & edible plants, nutrient cycling, Black-tailed Prairie Dog ecology, Bison ecology, items necessary in a wilderness survival kit, and identification of native species were some of the topics that were discussed.   

 

Westminster Elementary, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, came to the Refuge on October 27, 2005 with fifty-seven participants to learn about bison and then attend the Refuge buffalo auction. This is an annual event for Westminster and they are always given a class by EE Specialist Nick Plata that includes topics such as bison ecology, refuge carrying capacity, and Native American uses of the bison.  

 

On October 29, 2005 Dr. Mike Dunn of Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, instructed ten outdoor enthusiasts’ about ecology and ethno-botany. This instruction included a hike at Treasure Lake and is in conjunction with Cameron University’s theme “C. U. In Good Health.” This was the second class with the Refuge environmental education program that has addressed Cameron University’s new theme.     

 

On October 29, 2005 Home Educators Resource Organization, Lawton, Oklahoma, visited the Refuge with fifteen home school students to study the geology of these Wichita Mountains. The class ended with a trip to the top of Mt. Scott to view the area.                       

 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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