• Along the Washita - 1868 by Gene V. Dougherty

    Washita Battlefield

    National Historic Site Oklahoma

Junior Ranger Day 2011

Visitors learn about the benefits snakes have on the environmant.
Guest speaker Tandy Keenan, a park naturalist for the Oklahoma State Parks Department, teaches visitors that not all snakes are bad, and that in fact snakes like Norman, a Western Coachwhip, can actually benefit the environment.
NPS Photo by Park Guide Joel Shockley

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News Release Date: May 7, 2011

Calling all kids! On Saturday, April 23, 2011 bring your family to the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site visitor center and help us celebrate National Park Week (April 16-24) and Junior Ranger Day. This is a "come and go event" beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. and is for kids of all ages!

We have all kinds of fun things planned. George Levi noted Cheyenne artist, will teach children about Ledger Art and he'll show you how to tell your own stories using ledger art. George will also display some of his artwork.

Again this year, park guide, Joel Shockley will assume the role of Dr. William Renicke, Acting Assistant surgeon for the 7th Cavalry whose specialty is Field Surgery. Park guide Drew Hughes will introduce kids to the Leave No Trace educational program and help kids earn their "Let's Move Outside" certificate.

In the afternoon, join Alabaster Caverns State Park Naturalist, Tandy Keenan, for a Nature Scavenger Hunt. Nature is better camouflaged than you think! Following the Nature Scavenger Hunt, Tandy, who is also an Oklahoma Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, will present a program specializing in native reptiles.  Did you know that Oklahoma is literally crawling with reptiles? Have you ever been eye to eye with a Western Diamond-backed rattlesnake? Do you know if that brown snake you found in your yard is venomous? You never know what she has in that box…or bag…it might have legs, it might not.

Bring a sack lunch if you're here around noon as no meal will be provided. However, there will be plenty of free popcorn. Remember all children must be accompanied by an adult.  

The first 100 kids will be given special Junior Ranger Day patches, and certificates commemorating this special day. We'll be looking for you!

Did You Know?

Captain Louis Hamilton

Captain Louis Hamilton was the first casualty during the attack on the Washita. Captain Hamilton was grandson of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.