For hiking, nature and wildlife, visit Martin Park Nature Center at 5000 W Memorial Road, an oasis of calm by the busy John Kilpatrick Turnpike. The area features 2.5 miles of kid-friendly hiking trails cut through woods and grasslands of the 144-acre park. Visitors can see many species of animals, as it is home to different species of birds, butterflies, squirrels, foxes, reptiles and even the city’s first observation bee hive.
Younger visitors will like the “Pollinators’ Playground” near the main park creek. Guided hikes and group tours are available for all ages.
Others might enjoy an education program or hike – these cover topics like knot-tying, orienteering, nocturnal animals and even – for those with a preteen sense of humor – animal poop. Coming up at 3 p.m. Oct. 18, “Bigfoot and Werewolves and Chupacubra, Oh My” will address Oklahoma animal myths in a free family event and “haunted” night hikes are on Nov. 1. Find out more or register on Martin Park’s programs page.
If you go, be sure to stop by Martin Park’s hands-on education center that shows off Oklahoma’s reptile and insect species.
In addition to the trails, the park’s playground and visitor’s center are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs, too.
For information, go to http://www.okc.gov/Parks/Martin_Park/index.html and check out Oklahoma City’s other parks at http://www.okc.gov/parks.