Oklahoma Foresters Offer a Walk In the Forest at Martin Nature Park

Join foresters from across the state for the fourth annual “Walk in the Forest” event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 30 at Martin Nature Park, located at 5000 West Memorial Drive in Oklahoma City. Foresters and natural resource professionals from across the state will be stationed along the trail to provide information about the forest. Walkers and hikers of all levels are invited to participate, with special activities planned for kids, as part of a national effort to get people outside.

“This is a great opportunity to enjoy a fun day outside with your friends and family,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma Forestry Services director and state forester. “Foresters enjoy coming together for this event to provide the public with information and education about our forests and woodlands. It’s a great time to ask your forestry and tree questions.”

Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Additionally, hikers are encouraged to bring bug repellent, sun screen and drinking water.

The Walk in the Forest program is part of a national campaign coordinated by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and the American Forest Foundation. The Oklahoma walk is being hosted by the Oklahoma Division of SAF, in partnership with Oklahoma Forestry Services; Oklahoma State University (OSU) Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management; the OSU Student SAF Chapter and Martin Nature Park. Event sponsors include Weyerhaeuser Company and Oklahoma Forestry Association.

For more information about the Walk in the Forest, contact Oklahoma Forestry Services at 405-522-6158 or visit www.forestry.ok.gov. For information and directions to Martin Nature Park call (405) 297-1429 or visit https://okc.gov/departments/parks-recreation/martin-park-nature-center.