The Chickasaw Cultural Center has been named a top destination for learning opportunities in Oklahoma by Metro Family Magazine readers.
A reader poll published Aug. 2013 ranks the Chickasaw Cultural Center among the “Top 10” places for children to learn outside the traditional classroom.
Since opening in 2010, thousands of students from hundreds of Oklahoma schools have visited the cultural center on class field trips.
More than 200,000 visitors from across the world have visited the site.
So popular is the 109-acre center, it appeals to an atypical group of students from throughout the state — home schooled children.
The center – largest in the nation celebrating the culture of a Native tribe – recently welcomed more than 120 home schooled children and their teachers to the facility.
Kayla Kelly of Pauls Valley is both mother and instructor to her 8-year-old son, Jace. They made the 45-minute trek to the cultural center to take in the attractions and historical relevance of the Chickasaw people.
“We heard about the home school day (at the center) from a friend who also belongs to the Pauls Valley Home School Association,” she said.
“I am using this as a field trip opportunity for my son. We are learning about other people from the local area. Jace will write a report about this trip, focusing on sentence structure and penmanship,” his mother added.
The Standfield family of Ada also attended.
Deborah Standfield home schools two grandsons and looks upon the culture center as a grand field trip as well, saying its breadth of educational exhibits and cultural diversity offers a wonderful teaching and learning experience.
When asked if the cultural center helped her to instruct her grandsons, she was enthusiastic with her response – “absolutely.”
“I think anything that is educational on a field trip is educational for anybody. I love school field trips that teach the kids something. So, this is definitely that kind of place,” Mrs. Standfield explained.