Spring Time

John T. Nickle possesses a strong emphasis on preserving our natural world. From Muskogee, Oklahoma, Nickle spent his youth working at his father’s retail landscape nursery. Nickle attended Connors State College before transferring to the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Santa Monica, California. Following graduation, he returned home and established the Greenleaf Nursery Wholesale on Lake Tenkiller. Today it is one of the largest wholesale producers of shrubs and trees with locations in multiple states. Nickle always has prioritized giving back. He and Greenleaf Nursery Wholesale worked together to donate $1 million to the Oklahoma State University Horticulture Department to build a new greenhouse teaching facility. He also has donated 14,000 acres to The Nature Conservancy to safeguard land from any development and allow nature to thrive undisturbed. He owns the largest privately protected conservation area in the Ozarks with the J. T. Nickle Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve. Nickle was awarded The Nature Conservancy’s first Oak Leaf Award. Although, Nickle is a successful businessman and entrepreneur, he is dedicated to conserving Earth’s most prized resource- the natural world. This week we will be learning about the changing seasons and its affect on the natural world around us.

Supplies for Projects Below:

  • Paper towel roll
  • Aluminum foil
  • Dowel rod
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Rice and/or bird seeds
  • Hole punch
  • Construction paper
  • Stickers
  • Glue stick
  • Cardboard

Arts & Crafts!

With spring just around the corner, be sure to try these easy crafts to get you excited.

Movie Time!

With spring, comes the Easter Bunny! Watch as E.B. explores Hollywood in pursuit of his dreams. Watch Hop streaming on Peacock!



Want to learn why spring comes after winter? Follow along with Ellie Peterson’s The Reason for the Seasons (A Joulia Copernicus Book). It is available on Amazon. Don’t forget you also can look for this book at your local public library!


Check This Out!

Want to learn more about The Nature Conservancy? Click the link below and explore all of the great things they are doing and see how you might be able to help.

Watch This!

Did you know that the Sun is connected to the reason we have seasons? Learn more about this relationship in this Crash Course Kids video.

Keep Learning More of Oklahoma’s Story!

We hope you enjoyed learning about John T. Nickle, the natural world around you, and the changing seasons! 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 send pictures of your arts and crafts to We hope you’ve had a lot of fun and hope to see back here next week!