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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
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Registered: April 2007
City/Town/Province: Oklahoma City
Posts: 4
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Will Rogers Park

General Area
Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma City is a great recreational area and wilderness area alike. While in this area I ran across ponds, creeks, and forest area consisting of many different kinds of plants and animals. There are birds of all sort including Geese, Cardinals, and Hummingbirds. The Horticultural Gardens give the opportunity to witness one of the most enchanting parks in Oklahoma.
“The Garden Exhibition Center in Will Rogers Park is home to the Oklahoma City Council of Garden Clubs. The council was organized in 1921 to promote horticulture, flower gardening and conservation. The gardens include the Ed Lycan Conservatory, which houses one of the largest cacti and succulent collections in the world. Inside the garden walls, visitors are surrounded by thousands of roses, irises, azaleas, daylilies and peonies. While you're at the park, don't forget to visit the arboretum, which features both native trees and special varieties rarely found in Oklahoma. Self-guided tour brochures are available in the Garden Exhibition Center and Ed Lycan Conservatory.
And take some time to visit with the ducks and other waterfowl inhabiting the pond or watch turtles themselves on the rocks.”
Azaleas burst with vibrant color each Spring. Along with these beautiful wilderness areas there are equal amounts of recreational activity space. There are many joggers that come through this area. There is a pool area but wasn’t open at the current time. If you prefer to be active and stay dry there is area for Frisbee Golf, Tennis, and a playground for the kids. A lot of people come through this park everyday free of charge and ready to enjoy life. Helping this kind of environment out is a great way to show my appreciation for enduring and maintaining life.

The Project
On Wednesday, April 4th I entered the park at the main entrance next to the office and tennis area. I started my clean-up almost as soon as I entered and parked about 50 meters down. There was some trash in the street even close to the office. After making my way straight ahead to the playground area and filling my first bag of trash I decided to make my way towards the creek area which was close by. I ended up going all along the entire creek bed in the park and filling two bags of trash. The two areas I found had the most trash were the creek and playground areas. I found things such as paper bags, plastic wrappers/bottles, pop cans, cigarette packages, copper/metal pieces, and even a few items of clothing or personal belongings. The creeks had a half inch or so of water in some parts because of the rain we got in recent time. A lot of the creeks were completely dry. On making my way back towards the playground area I made my way towards the main pond area which is surrounded by a lot of trees and has a dock to feed the ducks and fish. I have never seen Goldfish or Sunfish this big in my entire life. I also caught a glimpse of the turtles relaxing. I found about another bag or so of trash after an hour or so in this area. Behind this pond area I found the gardens and another office. In this area I manage to bag a another bag of trash with mainly cans and bottles along with paper like items. The park is so big I still get lost here even while living a few miles away. By the end of the day I had managed to cover almost the entire main park area besides a parking lot and a strip of forest to the far end of the park. I covered this area the next morning on Thursday, April 5th. On this day I bagged about one bag of trash in a few hours time and enjoyed my view of the wide variety of birds and squirrels in the area. Total amount of trash collected was four and a half bags or roughly 100lbs. Total time spent on project was fifteen hours.
Date: April 9, 2007 Views: 12750 File size: 42.2kb, 337.7kb : 1125 x 1500
Hours Volunteered: 15
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 19
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 3
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 50
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