Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

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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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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Litter Pickup Tues. June 5th at 8 am

Did you know that the First Tuesday of every month we designate as “Litter Pick-Up Day” on The Refuge. We meet at the Visitors Center at 9:00 AM ( 8:00 AM during the Hot Summer) and pick up litter till around noon and then adjourn to Ann’s for lunch. You don’t have to be a…

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Longhorn Auction Thursday Sept 21st

Time for the Annual Longhorn Auction at The Refuge!  You won’t want to miss this great event, it is always a fun time! Come on out and get up close and personal by working with the refuge staff or help with FOW booth. Enjoy a great burger luncheon and visit with everybody. Contact Helen at volunteer@friendsofthewichitas.org…

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Historical Sites of the Wichitas Tours

Ferguson House

Reservations open February 27, 2017. Tours on March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017. Visit various locations throughout the Refuge as guides discuss the establishment and purpose of the Refuge, contributions by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the origin of the Refuge herds of American bison, elk, and Texas longhorn cattle. While the tour will…

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Nature Store Grand Opening – January 15, 3-5pm

Nature Store ready for Grand Opening!

Friends of the Wichitas invites you to the Grand Opening of the Nature Store on Sunday January 15, 2017 from 3-5pm in the Wichita Mountains Visitor Center. We’ll have refreshments, a silent auction, door prizes, and a ribbon cutting.  Recognition will be given to the generous donors who made this possible. Come out and see the…

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Welcome David Farmer, Deputy Refuge Manager

David Farmer is the new Deputy Refuge Manager at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. He is getting acquainted with all the facets of the Wichita Mountains. The Lawton Constitution reporter Mitch Meador interviewed David this last week. Read the article here.

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National Volunteer Month

    I would like to encourage everyone out there that may be thinking about becoming a Friends member to take the plunge. We are pretty low key and don’t toot our own horn too much, but as a group we play a very important role on the refuge. Many of our members are very…

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