Spooky Nature Fun at Martin Park
Creatures that creep, crawl, slither and slink top the October agenda for Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W Memorial Road. The nature park is scaring up an October filled with spooky fun sure to delight everyone in the family.
“Things that Go Bump in the Night” – 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1
When the sun sets on the Oklahoma plains, several wildlife species are just starting their day. Residents are invited to hear about the nighttime habits of wildlife common to Oklahoma during this free naturalist-led program for children ages 6 and older.
“Bigfoot, Werewolves and Chupacubras, Oh My!” – 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15
Urban legends surrounding popular Oklahoma wildlife species are the topic of this free program, where visitors can learn to sort the creature from the tale. Park naturalists will talk about wildlife myths and dig deep to uncover the truth about the legends surrounding these creepy creatures. Free. Children ages 6 and older are welcome.
“Nighttime is the Right Time for Scorpions” – 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
With their sharp pincers and curved tails, these ancient arachnids are considered one of the scariest-looking creatures on the planet – but do they live up to their stinging reputation? Doug Gaffin, biologist from the University of Oklahoma, will share his knowledge about scorpions and show them off to visitors in a new light. The program is suitable for children ages 6 and older, and is free to the public.
“Haunted Hikes” – 6: 30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
What mysteries lie deep in Martin Park woods? Visitors are invited to find out during “Haunted Hikes,” the park’s family-friendly nighttime hike with a Halloween twist. Hikers gather at the visitor center then follow a guide along the twisted trails of the Martin Park woods, where they are greeted by bats, spiders, snakes and other creepy creatures. Along the way, hikers can collect Halloween treats.
Hikes leave from the Martin Park visitor center every fifteen minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m. The last hike leaves at 8:30 p.m. Hikers are asked to dress for the weather and close-toed shoes are required. Trick or treat bags are welcome! Hikes cost $10 per person and advanced registration is required at okc.gov/active.