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Exploring Nature

Oklahoma today would not be where it is today if were not for Oklahoma Hall of Fame member Paul B. Sears. Sears came to Oklahoma in 1928 when he joined the Oklahoma Biological Survey, a research unit based out of the University of Oklahoma. Sears would go on to study the ecological impact of the Dust Bowl and sought to implement mandatory soil conservation techniques to prevent another Dust Bowl from ever happening again. Sears dedication to preserving Oklahoma’s natural world from becoming further damage is clear in his work. Now, it is on us to further protect the natural world around us and to do so, it is important to become as knowledgeable about it as possible. Let’s explore and learn about the natural world that is around us!

Supplies!

  • Cardstock
  • Water colors
  • Paint brush
  • Water cups
  • Double-sided tape
  • PDF downloads (provided below!)

Find This and That! Let’s go outside and have a small scavenger hunt! Download these files below and that is all you need to start on your hunt! Make sure to bring along a parent or guardian to accompany you as you explore the natural world around you. We have included two outdoor scavenger hunts if you have the time! While you are out there, be sure to collect several different types of leaves. They can large, small, pointy, or even rounded. You will need them later.

Arts & Crafts! Go find your favorite shaped leaves and let’s make some art! Grab some parchment paper and water colors!

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Movie Time! Adventure can come from anywhere and anytime. Watch as Christopher Robin remembers how much fun it can be to play in the woods! You can stream it on Disney+.

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Storytime! What all do you think you’ll see when you explore the forest? Why not read along and find out in Lisa Ferland’s We Walk Through the Forest! Don’t forget you can also look for this book at your closest public library!

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Watch This! Explore the harsh yet vigorous world of Forests all over the world! Follow along as you learn about the natural world around you.

Our Planet | Forests

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Field Trip! If possible, why not take a trip to the Ouachita National Forest in southeastern Oklahoma. As one of Oklahoma’s oldest and largest national forests with its 1.8 million square acres.

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope you enjoyed learning about Paul Sears and the natural world around you, as well as enjoyed creating your own artwork using nature! Just goes to show how impactful Oklahomans can be! Be sure to come back next week to learn more about great Oklahomans.

Want to show us your artwork? We love to share here at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame! Please share pictures of your arts & crafts with us at pics@oklahomahof.com. We hope you have a lot of fun and hope to see back here next week!