Visitors to the Oklahoma History Center have the opportunity to explore Field, Forest & Stream: The History of Oklahomans and the Outdoors beginning April 4. Produced in cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Field, Forest & Stream relates the history of outdoor recreation and conservation in Oklahoma.
Three main topic sections will be represented as hiking trails that guests will follow. Follow the Water Trail to learn the history of Oklahoma’s streams, rivers, and lakes. At the turn of the nineteenth century, rivers and prairie streams were the highways upon which the early explorers and settlers depended as they crossed the wilds of Indian Territory. Later, as some of these waterways were dammed to create the large lakes we know today, sporting opportunities increased for all Oklahomans. You will find a high-definition video aquarium with real-life Oklahoma game fish species displayed in their natural setting. A hands-on catfish noodling activity will allow you to experience what only a brave few have tried as holes and crevices in a simulated cut bank provide different tactile sensations.
Take a stroll down the Forest Trail to learn about the development of Oklahoma’s national forests, game management areas, wildlife refuges, preserves, and state parks. Since the Territorial Legislature of the 1890s enacted the first hunting laws it has been a long road to recovery for Oklahoma’s wildlife. On the Forest Trail, visitors will experience this dramatic comeback and how Oklahomans past and present have enjoyed this valuable resource. The Forest Trail will include a life-size hunting blind interactive that will give the visitor a choice between a number of outdoor sport and conservation activities with a history lesson or two thrown in.
If you walk down the Camp Trail section of the exhibit, you will experience the cultural history behind this popular form of outdoor recreation. See and experience examples of vintage camping equipment, camping methods, and Oklahoma recipes from over the years. For those who love to sit by the campfire, the Camp Trail section will feature camp stories told in an
Field, Forest & Stream will be on exhibit through the end of 2008. For more information, please call 405-522-0765 or visit www.okhistorycenter.org.