Webinar: Practical Conservation Tillage
Sep 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This webinar includes the impacts of tillage on soil health, including practical, soil-friendly tillage practices for organic systems.  It will discuss several newer tillage tools and approaches that reduce adverse impacts on soil life and soil structure.  Presenters are Mark Schonbeck of the Virginia Association of Biological Farming and Diana Jerkins of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

This is part of‘s Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar Series.

Oklahoma Native Plant Society Annual Meeting @ Sequoyah State Park
Sep 21 – Sep 23 all-day
Oklahoma Native Plant Society Annual Meeting @ Sequoyah State Park

Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday, September 21 – Hospitality Suite 221
5:00-7:00 p.m. Registration, and/or Dinner on your own till 9:00 Lodge Restaurant
7:00 p.m. Silent Auction bidding begins and runs through Saturday dinner
7:00-8:30 p.m. “Getting to Know Sequoyah State Park” in the Hickory Room
8:00-11:00 p.m. Bonfire Story Time, location TBA

Saturday, September 22
7:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Snack Breakfast – Hospitality Suite 221
7:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast on your own, Lodge Restaurant
9:15-9:30 a.m. Welcome, Announcements, Outlining Our Day
9:30 a.m. – Noon Field Scavenger Hunt in the Choctaw Use Area OR Morning Walks-2 trails
Noon-1:00 Lunch, picnic on the grounds – Location TBA
1:00-5:00 p.m.
a) Field trip to Spring Creek – Rooney property (carpool or caravan)
b) Repeat morning activities, reversed
c) “Long” Hike on Eagle Roost Trail (caravan to Paradise Cove Camping Area)
6:30 p.m. Dinner at The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park, Cedar Room
7:30 p.m. ONPS Membership Annual Meeting, Cedar Room
Displays, Silent Auction bidding ends, winners announced

Sunday, September 22
7:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast on your own or Continental Snack Breakfast – Hospitality Suite 221
9:00 a.m. to ? Executive Board meeting. All are welcome. – Hickory Room
11:00 a.m. Check out of Lodge

​​Contact Event Coordinators:
Sue Amstutz ( and Lynn Michael (​)

Oklahoma Meat Goat Buck Test Field Day @ Wilburton (EOSC Farm)
Sep 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The results of the 2018 Oklahoma Forage-Basked Meat Goat Buck Test will be presented at this field day.

Eastern Oklahoma State College, in partnership with Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, is home to the Oklahoma Forage-Basked Meat Goat Buck Test. Goat producers seeing ways to better manage their operations in ever more challenging production conditions can enroll their genetics in the popular test.

The objective of the Oklahoma Forage-Basked Meat Goat Buck Test is to identify individual bucks as well as their sires and dams that carry genetics expressing economically important traits in commercial meat goat production. Additionally, this test will allow breeders to compare genetics within their herd to make better management decisions as to herd lines that will produce profitable progeny for future herds. This test will also provide valuable information for all goat producers and the public.

For more information, contact Eddie Woods by email or phone (918-465-1773).

Conservation Field Day @ Wagoner (Wagoner County CD Office)
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

RSVP by Sept. 14.

The Wagoner CCD and Muskogee CCD are co-hosting a conservation field day at the Wagoner County CD office with a meal to follow at the Unity Temple Family Church in Inola.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Rhonda Bowman by email or phone (918-485-4747).

Blue Thumb Volunteer Training @ Tahlequah (Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center)
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Blue Thumb Volunteer Training @ Tahlequah (Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center)

Blue Thumb is having this training for new volunteers. The training will include an introduction to the Blue Thumb program and an overview of various ways you can participate as a Blue Thumb volunteer, with a focus on volunteer education opportunities. Participants will also learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution, and other topics through a series of educational activities, which they can then use to educate members of their own communities. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be included, and all participants will recieve at WET activity guide at the end of the day. The day will also include visiting a local creek to discuss the creek’s ecology and biology, including getting in the water to look for bugs and fish. For those interested in monitoring a local creek or stream, you will need to attend this training and also register for an upcoming Monitoring Training . If you are not interested in monitoring but want to be a volunteer educator or learn about other ways to volunteer or just learn about the Blue Thumb program in general, you will only need to attend this one-day training. Email Robert Barossi with any questions.

Blue Thumb and Project WET are programs of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.

ODWC Wildlife Expo @ Guthrie (Lazy E Arena)
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm
ODWC Wildlife Expo @ Guthrie (Lazy E Arena)

Presented by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and a coalition of conservation organizations, agencies and sponsors, Expo celebrates our great state’s natural diversity and opportunities for the sporting enthusiasts and newcomers. From camping and outdoor skills to shooting sports, fishing and bird watching, Expo visitors have an opportunity to try their hands at two days of fun in the outdoors. Visit for more information!

Monarchs On The Mountain @ Tulsa ( Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area)
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monarchs On The Mountain @ Tulsa ( Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area)

Tulsa’s River Parks Authority is pleased to announce the return of Monarchs on the Mountain, a festival celebrating the vital role that eastern Oklahoma plays in the monarch butterfly migration. This free festival will appeal to all ages, and food trucks will be on site. Come spend the day celebrating our unique place in the life of the monarch!

The day will be filled with fun and educational activities highlighting the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, the Great Monarch Migration, and the habitat of Turkey Mountain, which supports a myriad of wildlife.

Information will be available, and plants may be purchased, to help establish your own Monarch Waystation. Visitors can even make a seed ball to plant this fall. Monarch tagging will be demonstrated, and butterflies will be released to join the southward migration to the Oyamel fir forests of Central Mexico.

The event is hosted by RiverParks Authority in partnership with the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition, the Tulsa Audubon Society and The M.E.T. and supporters; Sustainable Tulsa, Blue Thumb, The Tulsa Zoo, City of Tulsa, Monarch Initiative of Tulsa, Riverfield Country Day School, Westside YMCA, and the USFWS.

For more information email Marci Hawkins, steering committee chair.

Workshop: Three Cheers for Lactic Acid Bacteria! @ Oklahoma City (Commonwealth Urban Farms of OKC)
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn about one of the components of the Korean Natural Farming method of cultivating indigenous microorganism to maintain soil fertility with no external inputs. David will show how he makes lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and uses it for faster composting, odor prevention, soil fertility and foliar sprays. David will also provide free samples of LAB to participants!

Instructor: David Braden, co-founder of CommonWealth Urban Farms

For more information, visit the Garden School website, or email the organizers.

Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Conference @ Natchez, MS (Natchez Convention Center)
Sep 24 – Sep 25 all-day

The South Area Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) Committee will host its 3rd Biennial Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Conference.

All registration costs will be covered by the South Area GLCI Committee for those who are pre-registered on or before August 31, 2018.

The primary goals/objectives for this conference are to focus on educating/training livestock producers on beef cattle and small ruminants basics. The conference is designed to recruit new and beginning livestock producers, reach out to veteran producers (new, beginning, or existing), enhance the knowledge and skills of existing livestock producers, educate producers on funding and technical assistance opportunities, and identify and encourage experienced livestock producers to serve as mentors for new and beginning livestock producers.

For more information or to register, contact the USDA NRCS Hattiesburg Area Office at 601-909-3329.

Tulsa Master Gardeners Lunch & Learn: Turf @ Tulsa (Central Library)
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Tulsa Master Gardeners Lunch & Learn: Turf @ Tulsa (Central Library)

Bring your lunch and learn about turf from the Tulsa County Master Gardeners at this free event! Get a head start on a beautiful lawn.