13 October 2014

Guided Walk in Sand Springs Ancient Forest Oct 18 2014

Oklahoma Forestry Services invites avid hikers, casual walkers, nature lovers, families with strollers and seniors to take a walk in the Keystone Ancient Forest near Sand Springs from 8 am to 1 pm

Foresters will lead the walk and share information about the forests and trees and how foresters work to keep forests healthy and thriving. The walk will take about 1 1/2 hours if participants stop at each educational station. 

Sponsored by: Foresters and Natural Resource Professionals

from the Society of American Foresters, Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma State University and City of Sand Springs Parks and Recreation Department!

When: Gates are open from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  

Where: Keystone Ancient Forest, West of Sand Springs, OK
(From 209th West Avenue (Prue Road) and Highway 64 / 412 exit - Travel north along Prue Road approximately 2 miles. The entrance is directly across from the second cell phone tower and features a large sandstone and black iron gate)

Cost: Free

The Walk: We will follow an approximately 3 mile trail (round trip) through the Keystone Ancient Forest and learn about the unique ecoregion and forest type called the Cross Timbers.  On the trail, there will be educational stations and interpretive signs where you can learn about trees, the history and uniqueness of the Cross Timbers, and how professional foresters care for the forest.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  The Walk through the Forest will take about 1 ½ hours if you stop at each station.  Each hiker will receive a free water bottle and water and snacks will be provided while supplies last.  Other educational brochures and giveaways will also be available, and professional foresters will be on hand to answer your questions about trees.  A special station for kids will offer fun hands-on Project Learning Tree activities and cool giveaways. 

If you have questions please contact Erin Johnson, OK Division SAF Chair at 405-640-9492 orerin.johnson@ag.ok.gov. To learn more about the Society of American Foresters go towww.safnet.org.

For more information contact Oklahoma Forestry Services at 918-522-6158 or visit http://www.forestry.ok.gov/walk-in-the-forest


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