Library to Host SWOK Trails Fest/Open Streets Explorers of the Wild Scavenger Hunt

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PUBLISHED 6/1/2022

The Lawton Public Library is teaming up with Fit Kids of Southwest Oklahoma and several community organizations for the 2022 SWOK Trails Fest. This two-day event will highlight many outdoor recreation and healthy living opportunities offered all year long. Opportunities exist for all age groups and ability levels.

The event will kick off Friday June 17 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Open Streets vendors and several other activities at Elmer Thomas Park, including a StoryWalk Scavenger Hunt hosted by the library. Participants can pick up a scavenger hunt sheet from the library’s booth. Walk the StoryWalk and examine the pages to find each scavenger hunt clue then return completed scavenger hunts to the library’s booth to be entered in a drawing to win a prize. The prize drawing will be held during the Trails Fest closing ceremony Saturday, June 18 from 7:20-8 p.m. at Cameron University Fine Arts Courtyard. Must be present to win.

Other Friday evening activities include a 5k Fun Run/Walk and a bike ride at Elmer Thomas Park.

  • 6-7:30 p.m. - 5K Splash Fun Walk/Run
  • 8-8:45 p.m. - Prairie Dog Fun Bike Ride

Then participants can gear up for a full day of outdoor fun on Saturday, June 18. Participants can check in at each hub for entries to the even raffle drawings.

  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Fort Sill Hangar, Tour of the Wichitas Bicycle Ride (Registration required at https://tourofthewichitas.com).
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Medicine Park Primitive Camping Ground, Mountain Bike Skills Course (no fee with event wristband, bikes & helmets provided on-site for no charge by Terry’s Bicycles & Mountain Bike Club of the Wichitas)
  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Animal Olympics & Interpretive Hikes (no fee with event wristband)
  • 10 a.m. – Noon - Medicine Park Primitive Campground, Pony rides for children (no fee with event wristband)
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Lake Ellsworth, NE Fisherman's Drive- Horseback Trail Riding (no fee with event wristband, BYOH-participants must bring their own horse, EIA/coggins will be checked)
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Medicine Park Aquarium & Science Center, Garden Trail $5 entry for ages 3+, free under 3 (up to $7 discount per entry with event wristband)
  • Noon – 4 p.m. - Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area (LETRA), Paddle Sports (must be able to access Fort Sill, no fee for kayaks, paddle boats, and paddle boards with event wristband)
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. - Cameron University Fine Arts Courtyard, Trails Fest Art Contest, Fit Kids Imagination Playground and games, raffle drawings based on activity hub check-ins, and closing ceremonies

For more information, please contact Tanya Organ, Community Engagement Librarian, at 580-581-3450 ext. 1711, or by email at @email.

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