Hikers enjoy the first segment of one of many trails at the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area in Tulsa.

Ready to get outside and enjoy fall? Hikers and walkers of all levels are invited to join foresters from across the state for the annual “Walk in the Forest” event held at Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area in southwest Tulsa from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on October 22. Foresters and natural resource professionals from across the state will be stationed along the trail to provide information about the forest, which is located in Tulsa’s backyard. There will additionally be special activities for kids at each station.
“This really is a great opportunity to plan a fun day outdoors with friends and family,” said George Geissler, director, Oklahoma Forestry Services. “Foresters enjoy being on hand to answer your questions and tell you about all of the benefits that our Oklahoma forests provide, some of which may surprise you.”
Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. The Walk in the Forest will take about an hour if participants stop at each educational station. Kids will receive a special booklet with activities to do along the way and prizes for completing them. Participants will receive a loblolly pine seedling and other giveaways while supplies last.
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 the City of Tulsa’s River Parks Authority. Event sponsors include Weyerhaeuser Company, International Paper, Winlectric and the 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 Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area, visit www.turkeymtn.com.