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March 11, 2009

Nature festival scheduled at Tishomingo

TISHOMINGO — The Arbuckle-Simpson area is rich in clean water resources. This region overlies a tremendous groundwater feature—the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer — that feeds abundant springs, streams and river systems. Recognizing the value of these water systems to the local economy and its quality of life, the Arbuckle-Simpson Nature Festival hosts a series of events during the first weekend of May each year, intended to share the beauty and diversity of this area with others who are also interested in its protection.

The Third Annual Arbuckle-Simpson Nature Festival is May 1-3 in Tishomingo. Festival headquarters is located at Murray State College.

This three-day outdoor experience will showcase the rich diversity of the plants, animals, birds, geological formations and history in South-central Oklahoma. This festival is a smorgasbord of informational and educational field trips and seminars that you can pick and choose from to celebrate the diversity of Oklahoma’s natural environments.

This unique program of field trips and informative seminars will ultimately provide participants opportunities to explore a wide range of topics to celebrate the wonders of the Arbuckle-Simpson area of Oklahoma.

Join others from all across Oklahoma and Texas who share an interest in being exposed to the diversity of nature in South-central Oklahoma. This year, the festival will include unique opportunities through field trips, hands-on clinics and expert presentations on a variety of subjects and geographic landscapes including Pontotoc Ridge, Blue River and some of the beautiful geological treasures of Pennington Creek. General sessions include bird banding, butterfly field trips, fishing clinics and even kayaking instruction. The Friday evening session will include dinner and a keynote presentation on “Native Fishes of the Arbuckle Region and South Oklahoma — A True Oklahoma Treasure!” by Dr. William Matthews from the University of Oklahoma. Saturday evening’s banquet will include a special announcement of the “Dr. Bill Pennington” awardee’ and special keynote address by Dr. Richard Francaviglia from the University of Texas on the Crosstimbers eco-region “The Cast Iron Forest.” This year’s event will also host a new photography event designed especially for children ages 8-12 with a digital art contest with winners being announced Saturday evening.

For more information, contact Janis Stewart, Johnston County Chamber of Commerce, 580-371-2175 or visit the festival website at

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