Winter on the Refuge is a Great Time to Visit

Photo of otters on an icy lake at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Winter is a very nice time of year to visit the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is quieter with considerably fewer people. The deciduous trees have lost most of their leaves, which makes spotting large animals much easier. “Winter is my favorite time for visiting the refuge. There are hardly any two-legged animals running…

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No Interpretive Public Tours in December

Photo of wild turkeys - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

There are no Interpretive Public Tours for the month of December. The Tour Schedules for 2019 will be posted online soon. Not many activities are happening on the Refuge in December. This is the time of year when we can all reflect on what a wonderful year 2018 was and look forward to an even…

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Volunteers continue to clean up graffiti on the Refuge

Photo of the Alpine Club of OKC members and FOW volunteers removing graffiti July 2018 at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

As has been reported through various media outlets – KSWO, Lawton Constitution, KJRH, KFOR – vandalism is on the rise at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. In July, large areas of graffiti were removed in the Parallel Forest and on Mt. Scott thanks to a number of volunteers including the OKC Chapter of the Alpine Club. The…

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Shopping on Amazon? Donate to FOW!

Amazon Smile

Shopping list needs something the Nature Store doesn’t have?  You can support FOW when you shop on Amazon! Just shop using from a web browser (using as the address), you can donate a half a percent of the price of eligible purchases to the Association of the Friends of the Wichitas (FOW’s real…

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Check the Calendar!


Want to know what is happening? Check out the calendar to see upcoming events, activities and opportunities! There’s always lots happening on the refuge.  Click here to see the calendar.

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Members Meeting/Potluck – 10 am Saturday June 2nd

On Saturday, June 2nd a 10 a.m. immediately following the training tour, is the potluck lunch and Members Meeting at the Environmental Education Center. If you want to check out becoming more involved with Friends of the Wichitas, this is a great opportunity to get to know other volunteers and enjoy some quality time with other…

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Invasive Plant Round-up June 9th

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will be hosting their fourth annual Invasive Plant Round-Up on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Come learn about the most damaging invasive plants in southwestern Oklahoma and help Refuge staff remove eastern red cedar, common mullein, musk thistle, prickly lettuce and other invasive plants. The…

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Book signing May 26-28th

Steven Hunter, an accomplished nature photographer, will be signing his latest book The Wichita Mountains, An Oklahoma Treasure at the Nature Store in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge visitor Center from 10 to 5 each day. His photography hangs in private homes and businesses, and graces the lodge and cabins of Mount Magazine State Park in Arkansas.…

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Mullein Adventure, Sat Mar 31st

On Saturday, March 31 we will be pulling the invasive plant mullein.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 and plan on being gone for 4 hours. Bring work gloves,water and a snack and be prepared to walk two or more miles over rough ground with boulders. Let Helen know at if you will be coming so…

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Mt Scott picnic area cleanup March 28th

Mt Scott

Those interested in helping clear the Mt. Scott picnic area should meet there at 9 on Wednesday, March 28.  The jobs include mowing, weed eating, lopping tree limbs and moving brush.  Bring work gloves, water and a snack.  Work for a couple of hours or all day.  We usually take a lunch break at Ann’s…

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