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July 7, 2023

Contact: Calista Stephens
Fort Towson Historic Site, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-236-0537

Youth Forestry Program at the Fort Towson Historic Site

FORT TOWSON, Okla. — Young people can learn about the natural world around us with a forestry program presented by Oklahoma Forestry Services Education Coordinator Tony Pascall. The program will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. It will include hands-on activities that teach about what the forest is, its role and how people can better interact and care for a forest.

Pascall plans and implements education and outreach events for groups across Oklahoma, including schools, clubs, scout groups and more. Before joining Oklahoma Forestry Services, he worked for eight years as a teacher in Detroit and Dallas, teaching middle and high school math. After leaving the classroom, he spent time as a park ranger for North Dakota State Parks. Pascall is passionate about environmental education and enjoys sharing a love of the outdoors with others.

Fort Towson held the reputation for being one of the most attractive sites in the West. When Captain Randolph Marcy’s wife Mary arrived at the fort in 1849, she described the many trees that added to the beauty of the place. The soldiers at Fort Towson depended on trees for heat, shade, food and medicine. Oak, pecan and fruit trees grew in abundance and were well cared for by the soldiers. This program continues that tradition of caring for our forests and natural resources.

To participate in this fun and educational program, be at the Fort Towson Historic Site at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. This program is free to the public. To learn more, call 580-873-2634 or email fttowson@history.ok.gov. The Fort Towson Historic Site is located at 896 N 4375 Rd. in Fort Towson.

Fort Towson Historic Site is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


Editor’s Note: Photos of the Fort Towson Historic Site are available upon request.

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