The Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting “Geology Hikes” for the general public during the month of April (see tour schedule for exact dates).
The Geology Hikes provide visitors with an introduction to the geology of the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. Since the tour goes to various locations on the Refuge that include short walks, participants are encouraged to dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes appropriate for hiking. Topics will include basic geology, the history of mining on the Refuge and information about the natural history of the mixed grass prairie and its inhabitants.
The tours will begin at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center location is noted on the Refuge map which is available online or may obtained from one of the dispensers located at each of the five entrances to the Refuge. The tours are conducted by members of the Association of the Friends of the Wichitas.
These programs are intended for individuals and family groups. Reservations are limited to one family (up to six individuals) per telephone call. Children must be at least eight years old. Restrooms are not available on the tours. Wheelchair access is available if requested at the time of reservation. Refuge tours are dependent upon wildlife and weather conditions. Tours may be cancelled or modified if adverse conditions exist. Program dates are tentative as of 1/1/2020.
Reservations are required. Reservations will be retained until 10 minutes before each scheduled program’s start time. After that time, stand-bys will be accepted. If the bus seating is filled after accepting stand-bys, late arrivals with reservations will not be able to participate in the program. For reservations call (580) 429-2197, weekdays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, starting on the reservation date indicated. For additional information visit: www.fws.gov/refuge/Wichita_Mountains