Historical Sites of the Wichitas ToursMarch 7-28, 2015; Reservations taken Monday March 2, 2015
History tours will be offered on the following Saturday afternoons: March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2015. Reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis by telephoning the Visitor Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. beginning Monday, March 2, 2015.
Participants will be taken to various locations throughout the Refuge as guides discuss the establishment and purpose of the Refuge, contributions by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the origin of the Refuge herds of American bison, elk, and Texas longhorn cattle. While the tour will have two brief walks to visit historical sites, the majority of the program will be a bus tour of the Refuge. Members from the Association of Friends of the Wichitas serve as interpretive guides for the tours.
Tour participants will meet at the Refuge Visitor Center located at the intersection of Highways 49 and 115. Visitors may obtain a Refuge leaflet and map from one of the dispensers located at each of the five entrances.
Each tour will depart promptly at 1:30 p.m. and will last approximately three hours. Due to the length of the tour, all children must be at least eight years of age to participate. Reservations will be retained until ten minutes prior to the beginning of each program. After that time, stand-by replacements will be accepted.
The Refuge's public interpretive program is intended for individuals and family groups of six persons or less. Only one family's reservation will be accepted per telephone call. We regret we cannot offer group tours but invite all interested individuals to call for reservations by telephoning the Refuge Visitor Center at (580) 429-2197, 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., beginning on the reservation date indicated above. Wheelchair access is available if requested at time of reservation.
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Other Tours are held throughout the year.