The Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting “Wildflower Walks” for the general public during the month of May (see tour schedule for exact dates).
On the Wildflower Walks participants will be bussed to several locations on the Refuge in order to identify different wildflowers in a variety of habitats. At each location participants go for short, casual walks looking at and identifying the many wildflowers on the Refuge. Insect repellent is recommended to ward off ticks and other nuisance insects while walking in the mixed-grass prairie. Binoculars, cameras and magnifying lenses are encouraged to increase the visitor’s appreciation of the wildflowers, the wildlife and the natural environment.
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 canceled 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/