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Nurturing your Nature Side

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

Nestled on 144 acres on Oklahoma City’s northwest side, Martin Park Nature Center is what we like to call a “hidden gem.” Yes, we’ve talked about it on here before, but we just can’t say enough about this park that is home to birds, fox, reptiles, and even the city’s first observation bee hive. Kids just can’t keep their hands off in the hands-on education center. And those ready for something more adventurous will enjoy the 2.5 miles of kid-friendly hiking trails.

There are also a variety of classes – many of them free! And you know you will be the coolest mom (or dad!) in town when you take your kid to something as unique as the “Beginning Snake Keeping” class, just one of the Nature Center’s many offerings. Here are the details, and a few other unique options you won’t want to miss:

March 23, 3 - 4 p.m.
Coyote the Trickster
FREE
Why does the Coyote get such a bad rap in mythology and folklore? For his wild and wily ways. Come learn what behaviors give this crafty canine the reputation of the court jester of the animal kingdom.

April 6, 3-4 p.m.
State Symbols from Nature
FREE
Oklahoma's official State symbols borrow a lot from nature. Come learn about these varied and unique symbols, and what they mean to our state.

April 13, 3-3:45 p.m.
The World of Invertebrates
FREE
Did you know the majority of animal species are spineless? We'll take a look at some of these creatures and talk about what makes them so special.

April 20, 3-4 p.m.
Trees Have Names, Too
$2 per person
Ever wonder how trees got their names? Is it from the bark, or leaf shape, or fruit? Join naturalists at Martin Park as we hike through the woods and look for clues as to how different tree species got their names. We'll then collect items from the forest floor and use them in a piece of nature art. Registration required: 755-0676.

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