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Events/Training

Sep
29
Thu
Plant ID for Soil Health Training @ Bristow
Sep 29 all-day
Plant ID for Soil Health Training @ Bristow | Bristow | Oklahoma | United States

The training is free, but you must be registered to attend.

To register, call the contact number above. (Also, ask whether lunch will be provided; some locations offer lunch, while others do not.)

This is another of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission’s Plant ID for Soil Health trainings at rangeland and prairie locations across the state.
Learn “cowboy ID,” a practical way to recognize and remember plants.
The training will cover how and why certain plants are beneficial and how plants work together to form ecosystems.
What do plants have to do with soil health?
Come and find out!

Sep
30
Fri
Plant ID for Soil Health Training @ Wilburton
Sep 30 all-day
Plant ID for Soil Health Training @ Wilburton | Wilburton | Oklahoma | United States

The training is free, but you must be registered to attend.

To register, call the contact number above. (Also, ask whether lunch will be provided; some locations offer lunch, while others do not.)

This is another of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission’s Plant ID for Soil Health trainings at rangeland and prairie locations across the state.
Learn “cowboy ID,” a practical way to recognize and remember plants.
The training will cover how and why certain plants are beneficial and how plants work together to form ecosystems.
What do plants have to do with soil health?
Come and find out!

Oct
6
Thu
Organic Oklahoma 2016 Fall Conference @ OSU-OKC Student Center
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day
Organic Oklahoma 2016 Fall Conference @ OSU-OKC Student Center | Oklahoma City | Oklahoma | United States

This annual sustainable and organic production conference is designed for both beginning and advanced growers.

This year’s program includes:

  • Information on the latest organic certification standards, and Food Safety Modernization Act guidelines
  • Season extension strategies
  • Varietal selections
  • Best management practices for irrigation and pests
  • Featured speakers, including nationally recognized specialists and experienced local growers

For more information and/or registration, visit http://www.osuokc.edu/organicoklahoma/, or contact the Cross Timbers RC&D at 918-623-0658 or crosstimbersrcd@gmail.com.

Oct
7
Fri
Oklahoma Native Plant Society Annual Meeting @ Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center
Oct 7 – Oct 9 all-day
Oklahoma Native Plant Society Annual Meeting @ Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center | Medicine Park | Oklahoma | United States
The Oklahoma Native Plant Society is hosting its Meeting at the Environmental Education Center of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge on October 7-9.  Registration is available online, with personal checks and credit cards accepted (via PayPal) for the $10.00 registration, $8.00 lunch on Saturday, and $12.00 banquet on Saturday.  Kerr Center President David Redhage will be the banquet speaker.
Tentative Schedule of Events
Friday, October 7
3:00 pm – Meet outside the Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center to enjoy the view and look at native plants on the hillside.
5:00 pm – Cocktail hour at the Old Plantation Tap Room in Medicine Park (buy your own).
6:00 pm – Dinner at the Old Plantation (click here for menu and prices)

Saturday, October 8
8:30 am – Registration at Environmental Education Center (EEC) in WMWR (see map)
9:15 am – Introductions
9:30 am – Break out sessions (choose one of the following)
1) Creek walk to look at ferns (moderate walk on rough ground)
2) Trees (and other things) around the EEC (easy walk on good trails)
11:30 am – Sandwich lunch (provided)
12:30 pm – Maintaining The Health Of The Mixed Grass Prairie by D’Anna Laminack, Environmental Education Specialists at WMWR.
2:00 pm – Annual Business Meeting
3:30 pm – Board Meeting
5:45 pm – Banquet at Medicine Park Community Center.  Banquet speaker David Redhage, President at Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  Talk titled Pollinators and Native Plants.

Sunday, October 9
8:15 am – Board Meeting (continued) at Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center.
9:30 am – Guided hike to “The Narrows” by a member of the Friends of the Wichitas.  Meet at WMWR Visitors Center.  Easy to moderate, 1-2 hour hike on rough ground.

Hotels and Rentals in the Area
In the Medicine Park Area (within 20 minutes of EEC): check out www.medicinepark.com for list lodging and rentals and The Plantation Inn (from $100.00 per night).
In the Lawton Area (within 40 minutes of EEC):
Days Inn and Suites (from $55.00 per night)
Fairfield Inn and Suites (from $79.00 per night)
Springhill Suites by Marriott (from $84.00 per night)
Hilton Garden Inn (from $89.00 per night)
Best Western Plus (from $75.00 per night)

Campsites
Camp Doris at WMWR (from $10.00 per night).  5 minute drive to EEC and 20 minute drive to Medicine Park.  No reservations (first come).
Lake Lawtonka (from $13.00 per night). 25 minute drive to EEC and 5 minute drive to Medicine Park. No reservations (first come).

Oct
11
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.


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