Oklahoma Field Trips A - C


45th Infantry Division Museum
WHAT: This famous museum depicts the military history of Oklahoma from its early beginnings to the present. It includes a fascinating display of memorabilia collected from Hitler's apartment when captured by the 45th Infantry Division. A collection of over 200 original "Willie and Joe" cartoons are displayed in the Bill Mauldin Room. The museum contains displays of WWII and Korean Era artillery, original uniforms, firearms, dioramas and an outdoor military park with over 40 military vehicles, aircraft and artillery.
WHERE: 2145 NE 36th, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Tue. - Fri. 9:00 am - 4:15 pm; Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
COST: Free
CONTACT: (405)424-531

Alabaster Caverns State Park
WHAT: Cave tours
WHERE: Woodward, OK
WHEN: May 1 thru September 30, 8am - 5pm October 1 thru April 30, 8am - 4pm.
CONTACT: (580) 621-3381

Apache Historical Museum
WHAT: displays period clothing, furniture, books, photographs, bank fixtures, art, medical and dental equipment, and Indian artifacts
WHEN: Call
WHERE: Apache
COST: None
CONTACT: Phone: 580-588-3392

Arbuckle Wilderness
WHAT: View and feed hundreds of exotic animals along an eight-mile scenic drive. Oklahoma's leading tourist attraction, the park also includes a walk-through zoo, bird aviaries, playground, paddle boats, rides, and arcade.
WHERE: Off I-35, Exit 51, near Ardmore
HOURS: See website.
COST: Fee charged.
CONTACT: (580) 369-3383
MORE PHOTOS: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/FTCArbuckle.html

Arkansas Museum of Discovery
WHAT: Dr. Lovingston's mysterious study, Electricity and Magnetism Lab, Light and Color, Telecommunications, Structures, Robotics, Engineer-It Lab, Health Hall, Imagination Station, Arkansas Indians, Worlds of Forest, Bug Zoo, and more.
WHERE: 500 President Clinton Ave. Suite 150, Little Rock, AR. 72201
CONTACT: Phone: (501) 396-7050, Toll Free: (800) 880-6475, Fax: (501) 396-7054, E-mail: mod@aristotle.net
HOURS: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
COSTS: General Museum Fees. Adults and Teens $5.95, Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 3 - 12) $5.50, Children under 3 Free
GROUP RATES. School Groups (exhibit viewing only) $4.00. Advanced reservations needed. Minimum group size of 20 is required.

Arkansas Riverway Historical Society
WHAT: The history of the Arkansas River and McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, regional benefits of the waterway, steamboat lore, cargo shipped on the waterway, and archeology. Of note is the photographic archive, waterway memorabilia, the collection of Native American artifacts collected along the Arkansas, and a motorized model of a Lock and Dam.
WHEN: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
WHERE: 5350 Cimarron Road, (Museum is in in the Port Authority building), Catoosa
COST: None, donation accepted
CONTACT: (918) 266-2291

Astronomy Club of Tulsa
The Astronomy club of Tulsa schedules home school field trips to their observatory located SW of Mounds (about a 45 minute drive from downtown Tulsa). It is open to the public only by appointment. They have a classroom that holds up to 50 people and a 16 inch telescope in the dome which can be viewed by 15-20 people. Groups larger than 20 will need to provide adult supervision for those who are waiting their turn to go upstairs. You should have one adult for each ten children. Persons using the 16 inch scope must be capable of climbing a ten foot step ladder for each object viewed. You should plan on 1 minute for each person to view each object. For example, if you have 30 people, who want to view the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn, it would take at least 90 minutes for everyone to get a look. The moon is by far the most popular object for first time star gazers, therefore I usually suggest that visitors arrive about 30 minutes before sunset, on nights when the moon is visible between sunset and 10 PM. For those who arrive before the sun get too dim, we have a small telescope with a special solar filter for viewing sunspots. Contact: Gerry Andries, Astronomy Club of Tulsa, Observatory Manager. Club voice mail is number (688-MARS).

Bartlesville Airport
WHAT: Tours
WHEN: Call to make reservations
WHERE: Bartlesville, Call for directions.
COST: None
CONTACT: Robert Blades at 336-6405, Johnny Boyle at 333-6932, Gordon Patton at 333-9486, Greg Nash at 335-1116.

Bartlesville Area History Museum
WHAT: Experience the growth and development of Bartlesville and the surrounding areas through historical photographs, documents, and artifacts.
WHEN: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm, Closed Sunday, Monday, and Holidays
WHERE: 401 S. Johnstone Ave., Bartlesville
CONTACT: 918-338-4290 or ralphjones@ok-history.mus.ok.us

Battle of Honey Springs Site
WHAT: To memorialize Civil War Battle of Honey Springs, won by the Union on July 17, 1863. Development in progress. Monuments erected with visitors center, trails, educational program and special battlefield tours planned.
WHERE: 1863 Honey Springs Battlefield Road, Checotah, OK. Take the Checotha/Rentiesvill exit off US HWY 69 (approx 2 1/4 miles north of I40); then take Business 69 north aprox 1 1/14 miles to Rentiesville Road; Go east 2 miles to edge of battlefield and follow signs to the monuments and visitors center.
CONTACT: 918-473-5572

Beaver's Bend Wildlife Museum
WHAT: Learn through lifelike exhibits a little more of the great outdoors and gain a better understanding of the Great Creator.
WHEN: 10:00 - 5:00 Monday - Thursday, 10:00 - 7:00 Friday, 10:00 - 5:00 Saturday, CLOSED SUNDAY
WHERE: Located 7 miles North of Broken Bow, Oklahoma on Highway 259 at entrance to Beavers Bend Resort Park
COST: Admission charged
CONTACT: 580.494.6193 or Email: nature@pine-net.com

Bivin Garden
WHEN: Open on weekends from May through September. Best time to visit is between mid-June to mid-July.
WHERE: Shidler, OK (north of Ponca City). See website for map.
COST: Admission charged.
CONTACT: (918) 793-4011, E-Mail: bivingdn@shidlerok.net

Black Kettle Museum
WHAT: Focuses on the Cheyenne people and the attack of George Armstrong Custer on Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle's village November 27, 1868
WHEN: Mon-Fri 10-11:45 & 1-4, Saturdays & Sundays 9-5
WHERE: At the intersection of Highways 283 and 47, Cheyenne
CONTACT: 580-497-3929

Black Kettle National Grasslands
WHAT: Camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking,and wildlife viewing opportunities
WHEN: Open year round
WHERE: Cheyenne
COST: None
CONTACT: (580) 497-2143

Black Mesa Preserve & Robber's Roost
WHAT: Rock climbing, fossil footprints of dinosaurs, hiking, petrified forest trail, fishing, camping. A native granite monument marks the highest point in Oklahoma - 4,973 feet above sea level. Black Mesa is a birder's paradise any time of the year. golden eagles, scaled quail, black-billed magpies and pinyon jays are just a few of the birds that may be observed. black bear, bobcat, mountain lion, mule deer and antelope are some of the mammals that may be seen in the mesa region.
WHEN: Preserve is open dawn to dusk. Allow at least four hours to walk from the parking area to the top of the mesa and back.
WHERE: 28 miles NW of Boise City on Hwy 325, Kenton
COST: None
CONTACT: (580) 426-2222, Email: blackmesa@ptsi.net.

Blue Bell Ice Cream
WHAT: Enjoy a delicious sample of Blue Bell ice creamafter each tour in the Parlor.
WHEN: Mon-Fri, 9-2. Tours by appointment.
WHERE: 8201 E. Hwy 51, Broken Arrow, OK
COST: Fee charged.
CONTACT: 258-5100 (800-365-0325) x 450.

Botanical Gardens
WHEN: Monday through Saturday 9-6; Sunday12-6
WHERE: In OK City. Call for directions.
COST: Adults $4, Student ages 13-18 $3, Ages 4-12 $2
CONTACT: Sandy at 405-297-3995. There are guided tours but you must call in advance by two weeks and have at least ten in your group.

Braum's Virtual Tour
Enjoy the Braum's story through beautiful color photos that magically take you on a journey through the heart of the Braum operation. Read the Braum's story, from cow to cone. See life at Braum's as captured through the camera lens. At Braum's, our cows may be black and white - but our story's in color!

WHAT: Once a busy warehouse area, Bricktown is Oklahoma City's newest entertainment district. With a dozen restaurants, shopping and generous helping of turn-of-the-century charm, Bricktown offers visitors a variety of activities including a pedestrian canal, water taxis and more.
WHERE: one block east of the Myriad Convention Center, downtown. OKC
CONTACT: 405-236-8666

Broken Arrow Historical Museum
WHAT: Founded in 1975. Serves as a history museum houses a collection of historic objects from early Broken Arrow and the surrounding area.
WHERE: 1800 S. Main
CONTACT: 918.258.2616

Cherokee Heritage Center
WHAT: History and culture of the Cherokee National Museum, Tsa La Gi Ancient Village Living Museum, and Trail of Tears drama. Groups can arrange a guided tour that will accommodate all grade levels. Events can include storytelling, arrowhead hunts, museum exibits, village tours, and much more.
WHEN: See website.
WHERE: 3 miles South of Tahlequah
COST: Fees charged.
CONTACT: 918-456-6007 or Email: info@cherokeeheritage.org
MORE PHOTOS: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/FTCcherokeeHC.html and http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/FTCtsalagi.html

Cherokee Strip Museum http://www.okhistory.org/mus-sites/masnum04.htm#Cherokee%20Strip
WHEN: Tues through Friday, 9 AM TO 5 PM. Saturday 10 AM TO 4 PM
WHERE: 2617 West Fir in Perry
AGES: 4th graders in small groups or a large group that can tour in shifts.
COST: $3 per student, $5 for optional group picture. Adults attending are free.
CONTACT: Peggy Haxzon at 580-336-2405
This is a school house that you can participate in as a group by booking as soon as possible or you can just observe the class and tour.

Cheyenne Santa Fe Railroad Depot Museum
WHAT: Restored depot.
WHERE: Located in the City Park, Cheyenne

Chickasaw Council House Museum
WHAT: One of the largest collections of Chickasaw art, artifacts and archive materials. The Chickasaw capitol is next door.
WHEN: Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm
WHERE: 200 North Fisher Avenue at Ninth Street, Tishomingo
COST: Free
CONTACT: 580-371-3351, E-mail: museums@chickasaw.net

Chickasaw Cultural Center Museum
WHEN: Appt only.
COST: None
CONTACT: Phone 580-436-2603

Chickasaw White House

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
WHAT: Home of the Chisholm Trail Experience Theater, the largest monument in America dedicated to the Chisholm Trail and the longest Chisholm Train Walkway in the world. Educational programming - visual art, music and Oklahoma history.
WHEN: Monday through Saturday 10-5; Sunday 1-5
WHERE: 1000 N 29th ST, Duncan, OK
COST: Admission fee.
CONTACT: Leah Mulkey, Education Coordinator, at 580-252-6692 or leah@onthechisholmtrail.com

Choctaw Nation Capitol
WHAT: Historic and cultural exhibits which include information and displays on the Choctaw Light Horsemen and the original Choctaw Code Talkers from World War I and World War II.
WHEN: Tuesdays-Fridays, 8-4:30
WHERE: SE of McAlester in Tuskahoma, OK
COST: None
CONTACT: 918-569-4465

Choctaw National Historical Museum
WHERE: Tuskahoma
COST: None

Choctaw Chief House
WHEN: By Appointment
WHERE: PO Box 165, Swink, OK 74761
COST: Free
CONTACT: letter

Chouteau Memorial Museum
WHAT: artifacts from Oklahoma’s first permanent white settlement
WHEN: June 1 through July 31 Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. closed Monday. September 1 through May 31 Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. closed Sunday and Monday
WHERE: P.O. Box 1330, Salina, Oklahoma
COST: Free
CONTACT: 918-434-2224

Cimarron Heritage Center

Cimarron Valley Railroad Museum

City Arts Center
WHAT: City Arts Center is an arts education facility with spaces that change exhibits every 4-6 weeks. Unique handcrafted gifts are available in the Gallery Shop. City Arts is also the home of the Oklahoma Children's Theatre.
WHERE: 3000 Pershing Blvd, (Fairgrounds), OKC
COST: Free
CONTACT: (405)948-6400

Coles Garden
WHEN: Summer- Monday through Saturday 9-6, Sunday 1-6. Winter hours - Monday through Saturday 9-5. Sunday 1-5
WHERE: 1415 NE 63rd ST, OK CITY, OK (Across from Cowboy Museum)
COST : Call for individual and group rates.  
CONTACT:405-478-1529 or 1-800-334-5576
Self-guided tours will not need to call in advance; however, you will need to call in advance for guided tours.

Confederate Memorial Museum
WHAT: Battle of Middle Boggy, pre-historic bones, Choctaw Trail of Tears, Butterfield Stage Line, Reba McEntire
WHEN: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed on national holidays)
WHERE: located at the north edge of Atoka on US-69
COST: None
CONTACT: (580) 889-7192 or Email: atokamuseum@yahoo.com

Council House Museum
WHAT: Chickasaw artifacts. Visit the Capitol located next door and the original Council House (1855 log house) is located inside the Museum for preservation.
WHEN: Call
WHERE: 209 North Fisher, Tishomingo, OK
COST: None
CONTACT: (580) 371-3351

Museum of Creation Truth
WHAT: features fossils, replicas, and artifacts that tell the story of creation. Learn about dinosaurs, the age of the earth, giants, Noah’s ark, ancient weapons and tools, and the technology of ancient civilizations.
WHEN: Hours: Saturday, 10-4; Monday- Friday by appointment.
WHERE: Address: 3290 State Rd. 22, Bokchito. From Durant go 14 miles east on Hwy. 70 to Bokchito. Go six miles south of Bokchito Bank on State Rd. 22.
COST: Free admission.
CONTACT: Phone: (580) 924-0803. Email: billygordon@redrivermail.com. Website: museumofcreationtruth.com.

Creek Council House Museum
WHAT: Chronicles the sociocultural history of the Muscogee (Creek) people before and after their forced removal from their tribal homes in Georgia and Alabama.
WHEN: Year-round Tues-Sat 10am-4:30pm
WHERE: 106 West 6th Street, Okmulgee, OK
COST: None
CONTACT: 918-756-2324

Crucible Foundry
WHAT: Features the ancient art of casting monumental bronze sculpture. View sculptures and paintings on exhibit in the Crucible's gallery. Visit the sculpture garden, a showcase for The Crucible's specialty of producing monumental art for the outdoors. Watch sculptures come alive with motion, rotating and waving in the Oklahoma wind. Bronze fountains splash and gurgle to complete the symphony of sight and sound.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday
WHERE: 110 East Tonhawa, Norman
CONTACT: (405) 579-2700, E-mail: mpalmerton@thecruciblellc.com




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