Outreach and Education Continued

Logo and Use Guide

The official Oklahoma Forestry Services logo is to be used on all official electronic and print publications, reports, correspondence, business cards, news releases, advertising, displays, invitations and awards.

Oklahoma Forestry Services Logo – Color

Oklahoma Forestry Service Logo – Black/White

Education Outreach and Project Learning Tree 

Education Outreach and Project Learning Tree

Part of Oklahoma Forestry Service’s mission is to educate Oklahomans of all ages about our diverse forestry resources and the issues, challenges and opportunities facing these resources today. 

Whether working with neighborhood associations, scouts, classroom teachers, naturalists, or landowners, we want everyone to come away with an understanding and appreciation for the management, protection, and utilization of our trees and forests.  Trees add value and benefits to our daily lives when the right tree is planted in the right place for the right reason. 

For more information contact:

Mo Rice, Education Coordinator


O 405-521-2020

C 405.808.9822

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT, a program of the American Forest Foundation, is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad. PLT continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence

Workshops are available for both formal and non-formal educators including teacher in service training, scout/youth leaders, pre-service teachers and naturalists.

Check out the National PLT website for more program information or contact our Education Coordinator to schedule a workshop.

To view our brochure, click on what type of educator you are! FormalNon-formal, or Administrator 

Project Learning Tree (PLT) Workshops

If you’re an educator looking to integrate PLT into your curriculum, you’ve come to the right place for resources and opportunities. More than half a million educators have attended a PLT workshop since the program began in 1976. PLT’s professional development workshops train educators:

  • In environmental education
  • How best to use PLT curriculum materials
  • How to engage with and draw upon their community in learning about and taking action to address local environmental issues

Ready to start incorporating environmental education into your curriculum? Project Learning Tree is here to help you get started. In doing so, you will join the 500,000+ educators who have implemented Project Learning Tree programs into their classrooms across the country, and the world. The first step to helping your students learn about the environment is attending a Project Learning Tree workshop.

Through Project Learning Tree workshops you can:

  • Learn how to incorporate PLT activities into your current and future lesson plans and curriculum.
  • Meet other professionals in your area interested or already involved in environmental education.
  • Become part of a network that offers you follow-up resources and engagement opportunities.
  • Learn about environmental education

Oklahoma Academic Standards 

Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (P.A.S.S.) Correlations 

Next Generation Science Standards PLT Correlations

 STEM Connections with PLT Activities

Forestry Youth Camp

We are hopeful for a valiant return in summer of 2021! 

Know a 13-15 year old who needs to unplug from his or her electronic devices and enjoy an adventure in the forest? Oklahoma Forestry Services’ 65th annual Oklahoma Forestry Camp offers swimming, canoeing, hiking and the opportunity to make new friends, all while learning about the environment. Camp is tentatively scheduled June 13th – June 18th, 2021 at Beavers Bend State Park. Camp fee is $250 per camper. Check out our camp video and previous camp photos for a look at a day in the life of Forestry Camp! 

Camp Scholarship applications

Oklahoma Forestry Camp offers a limited number of scholarships each year. We highly encourage you to turn in your application and scholarship application early to be considered for a scholarship. New campers will have priority for scholarships.

Check out our camp video! 

The Mascots of OFS

Oklahoma’s own Tree Bear and Smokey Bear visit schools or community events focused on themes such as wood products, fire safety, resource conservation, recycling, and environmental education. An OFS forester accompanies each mascot.  Contact us to make arrangements for a visit.

Contact us to make arrangements for a visit.

Resources for Educators

We are here for you! Contact Oklahoma Forestry Services Education Coordinator to schedule a Forestry Education program or event for your classroom or program!

Why Do Leaves Change Colors in the Fall? 

We all enjoy the colors of autumn leaves. But to answer the question of why leaves change color in the fall, we first have to understand what leaves are and what they do.

Leaves are nature’s food factories. Plants take water from the ground through their roots. They take a gas called carbon dioxide from the air. Plants use sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide into glucose. Glucose is a kind of sugar. Plants use glucose as food for energy and as a building block for growing. The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into sugar is called photosynthesis. That means “putting together with light.” A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen. Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color.

 As summer ends and autumn comes, the days get shorter and shorter. This is how the trees “know” to begin getting ready for winter. During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer. They begin to shut down their food-making factories. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves. As the bright green fades away, we begin to see yellow and orange colors. Small amounts of these colors have been in the leaves all along. We just can’t see them in the summer, because they are covered up by the green chlorophyll.

The bright reds and purple we see in leaves are made mostly in the fall. In some trees, like maples, glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops. Sunlight and the cool nights of autumn cause the leaves turn this glucose into a red color. The brown color of trees like oaks is made from wastes left in the leaves.


Family Activity Ideas

Forests are places where you can strengthen family bonds. These activities will help you teach children how to appreciate and understand the natural world around them. Chances are you’ll also have fun watching your child’s face light up with wonderment and curiosity. With the Nature Activities for Families from Project Learning Tree children can observe the annual change of seasons, and investigate why leaves of deciduous trees change color in the fall as well as learn how tree rings show patterns of change in a tree’s life.

Take a Child Outside Week September 24—September 30 Annually

Take a Child Outside Week is a program designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world. By arming parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources on outdoor activities, our goal is to help children develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and a burgeoning enthusiasm for its exploration. Take a Child Outside Week has many activities to get families active in their natural environment.

Nature Rocks!

The Nature Conservancy Nature Rocks!  provides families with an activity finder that filters activities by time, age, location, or weather to find simple, fun and creative ways for your kids and family to explore nature. 

Request a Forestry Program – website form

Forest Heritage Center

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Forest Heritage Center Museum is located in Beavers Bend State Park (north of Broken Bow, Oklahoma).  Operated by the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board and Oklahoma Forestry Services, the museum houses historical documents, antique forestry tools, wood art, homestead memorabilia, and a research library filled with books, periodicals, and other materials pertaining to forestry. 

The museum features 14 large dioramas (painted by Harry Rossoll, the artist who created Smokey Bear) that cover Prehistoric Forests, Caddo Indians, Papermaking in the South, 1940’s Lumbering, and Forest Appreciation.  Each diorama is accompanied by a taped narration.  Other exhibits include the Forest Wood Art Gallery, chainsaw carvings, a 100 year old log cabin from the Kiamichi Mountains and historical woodworking tools.

In April 2003, a new exhibit was unveiled at the Forest Heritage Center honoring the thousands of wildland firefighters that put their lives on the line each year.  An 8-foot bronze sculpture honors Jim Burnett, an Oklahoma Forestry Services wildland firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty, and all people who risk their lives fighting wildland fires each year.

The “People of the Forest” exhibit presents the early years of the forest industry in Oklahoma with the coming of the Dierks family, as well as the story of the Traveling Timber Towns and the accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the area. The exhibit features restored photographs from the Center’s extensive collection and focuses on the people who helped lay the foundation for the industry in Oklahoma.

For those wanting to learn more about Oklahoma’s forests and forest industry, the staff of the Forest Heritage Center Museum can arrange educational programs or tours for any age group by appointment. There are specific programs tailored for school classes. 

The Forest Heritage Center offers meeting rooms, including one that has a stage, audio-visual center and seating for 60 and a room that can seat 150 theater style.  Located near park cabins, the museum is ideal for sales meetings, seminars, management retreats and workshops. 

Open 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

No Admission Charge

(580) 494-6497


Beavers Bend State Park Hiking Trails

Lace up your hiking boots, grab a water bottle and point your compass towards southeast Oklahoma! As one of the state’s most popular outdoor oases, Beavers Bend State Park, home to the Forest Heritage Center Museum, offers miles of hiking trails to whisk you away on a great outdoors adventure.

 Ready to hit the trails; hike amidst the towering pines, trek through the rippling creeks and experience our state’s diverse terrain and outdoor wonders? Five nature trails and approximately 12 miles of hiking trails, for every skill level are displayed on the map below.

 Whether you’re an expert hiker or just enjoy recreational hiking trails, observe the trail descriptions, level of difficulty and safety information before you venture out.

Don’t forget the binoculars!  

The trails are operated and maintained by Beavers Bend State Park.  For information about the trails please contact their Information Desk at 580-494-6300.


Nature Trails (marked with blue on white tree blazes)

Forest Heritage Tree Trail:

This is a 1.1 mile looped trail that starts (and ends) at the Forest Heritage Center. It takes you down the hill to Beaver Creek, along the floodplain of the creek, over a covered bridge, and back to the Forest Heritage Center. It is fairly easy to walk, but you do have a couple of climbs. It has a series of informational signs at key points and trees for more information on the area you are walking. Remember this trail crosses the hiking trail twice. Watch for wooden signs that say TRAIL. The hiking trail is marked with white paint on the trees.

Level of difficulty: fairly easy to walk, but you do have a couple of climbs.

Approximate Trail Length: 1.1 miles

Cedar Bluff Nature Trail:

Cedar Bluff starts across from Dogwood Campground. This trail is designated to be walked CLOCKWISE. Start on your left and at each junction turn right, you will come out where you started. The trail is marked with blue on white tree blazes. Stay on the marked trail, NO SHORTCUTS PLEASE. CAUTION: occasionally the creek floods causing the lower portion of this trail to become hazardous.

Level of difficulty: Both easy grade and a hill climb.

Approximate Trail Length: 1 mile

Pine Ridge Nature Trail:

Pine Ridge is almost a figure-eight trail – but it DOES LOOP! The 1st loop starts right across from the tennis court, and then branches to the right. It will take you up though pine/hardwood forest, by a sewage lagoon (No Swimming, Please!) then across the top of a ridge. The trail branches to your right, and then to your right again, taking you through a bottomland forest and the floodplain of Beaver Creek.

Level of difficulty: fairly easy to walk, two up-hill and two down-hill grades.

Approximate Trail Length:  ¾ mile

Hiking Trails (marked with red on white tree blazes)

David Boren Hiking Trail (DBHT):

The southern 12 miles of the DBHT run from the low-water dam at the south end of Beavers Bend to the Beaver Lodge Nature Trail that runs from the hydro-electric dam to the spillway. The trail was built (and is best marked) from south to north. If you are walking the trail, please be aware of the fact the trail DOES NOT LOOP – be prepared to walk the trail back or walk on the road back to your starting point. The hiking trail is marked by white spray paint on the trees near the trail.

There are 4 major trail heads:

South Park starts at the southern end of the park, just below the old low-water dam. It is a fairly easy walk to the creek but there are some hills. Approximate Trail Length: 1 mile

Beaver Creek can be entered just up from the Nature Center (enter near the CCC monument; the trail will cross the creek further upstream). Another entrance is off the Forest Heritage Tree Trail which parallels a portion of the Beaver Creek Trail (trail head is near the Forest Heritage Center Museum’s Indian sculpture). The Beaver Creek Trail follows the creek until it intersects the South Park Trail. The hiking trail is marked with red on white tree blazes and since the trail primarily follows the floodplain it is mostly flat except for the creek crossing near the Nature Center entrance. Approximate Trail Length: 1 mile

Deer Crossing connects Lookout Mtn Trail with Cedar Bluff Nature Trail. It has some climbs but is MODERATELY DIFFICULT. Approximate Trail Length: 2 mile

Cedar Bluff is a nature trail AND an entrance to the DBHT. It is located between the miniature golf course and river floats, across the road from Dogwood Campground. It is the south entrance to the Skyline Trail. It is 5 miles from Cedar Bluff Nature Trail to the juncture with Beaver Lodge Trail. This trail has steep climbs and several creek crossings. Trail is for EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY; it is a DIFFICULT HIKE.

3 Mile Loop: from the Nature Center, go south on Beaver Creek Trail, east on South Park Trail and back on the park road.

 Challenging 3 Mile Loop: from the Nature Center, go south on Beavers Creek Trail, west on Lookout Mtn Trail and back on the path leading to the Forest Heritage Center Museum.

 SkyLine Trail:

 This trail shown on the map has recently been re-located to avoid private land.

Level of difficulty: For EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY; it crosses steep terrain.

Approximate Trail Length: 7 miles

The trails are operated and maintained by Beavers Bend State Park.  For information about the trails please contact their Information Desk at 580-494-6300.

Oklahoma Wildland Firefighter Memorial

Honoring the thousands of wildland firefighters who put their lives on the line each year.

On August 11, 2000 Oklahoma Forestry Services lost a friend and coworker, Jim Burnett. Jim was an 18-year fire management veteran and forester who had fought blazes all over the nation, so when the call came for firefighters to go to Wyoming on August 2, 2000, Jim didn’t hesitate.  He and a crew of five other Oklahoma firefighters went to the Meeteetse, Wyoming fire before being assigned to battle the Kate’s Basin fire on August 10.

The summer of 2000 was a long fire season throughout the country.  Throughout much of the west, fires were burning with rapid rates of spread and extreme fire behavior.  In Wyoming, the Kate’s Basin Fire was raging across 33,000 acres.  A crew of men from Oklahoma and Arkansas were assigned to that fire.  On August 11, 2000, engines from Oklahoma were tending to the Kate’s Basin Fire southwest of Thermopolis, Wyoming.

Jim Burnett, foreman of an Oklahoma Engine, and firefighter Presley Byington were scouting along the fire lines when they realized they could not hold the line.  Winds were picking up and they needed to retreat back to safety.  When the oncoming fire cut off their escape route, Burnett started the pump on the engine, but it only ran for a few seconds, due to lack of oxygen from the fire.  He was then separated from the truck as he tried to escape to a safe area on foot.  The onrushing fire prevented Byington from getting out of the truck, but he was able to protect himself by deploying his fire shelter inside the truck. 

Recognizing that Byington and Burnett might be in trouble, the Thermopolis Volunteer Fire Department responded with their hose deployed.  After finding the engine on fire, they suppressed the fire and rescued Byington from the cab.  Before Burnett could reach safety he was overrun by the fire and killed. 

Each year, over 25,000 people risk their lives to help prevent wildfire from spreading.  This statue memorializes Jim Burnett and honors all of the fallen firefighters and those who give their lives to fight fires.

Peter Toth Native American Sculpture

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Located near the main entrance of the Forest Heritage Center, this Whispering Giant Sculpture is one in a 50 state series known as the “Trail of Tears” sculptures by Hungarian artist, Peter Toth.  Toth came to Oklahoma to sculpt Oklahoma’s Native American monuments, with a goal of completing at least one sculpture in each of the fifty states. To date, he has done 67 monuments. All of his monuments are his own concept of the North American Indian and bear many similarities, except for certain characteristics, which pertain to the Native Americans of that region, such as feathers, headbands or other decorations.

Tree Bear

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The Forest Heritage Center is also home to another Harry Rossoll (creater of Smokey Bear) creation, Tree Bear, who was developed to encourage tree planting and spread the message “Good Things Come from Trees!”

Tree Bear is available for public appearances throughout the state.  Please contact us to make arrangements.

Forest Heritage Center Scholarships Available

In an effort to reach out to the young men and women who are the future of forestry, the Forest Heritage Center Museum offers scholarships to college students and graduating high school seniors, as well as stipends for forestry program educators.  

  • Fred Dierks Educational Scholarship offers a $1500 scholarship to a college undergraduate student. The scholarship is available to all students currently enrolled as second semester freshmen or higher grade level. Students must be enrolled in a forestry program in one of Oklahoma’s institutions of higher education, with a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.
  • Quintus Herron Educational Scholarship provides $500 to an Oklahoma graduation high school senior who is enrolling in a college level forestry program at an Oklahoma institution for higher learning.
  • New Growth Educational Stipend of $1000 is available for both formal and informal educators who wish to implement forestry curriculum in their program. Leaders of youth organizations and teachers can take advantage of this opportunity to introduce youngsters to the endless possibilities that the forest and forestry industry provide.

Beavers Bend Folk Festival

The 2020 Folk Festival will not take place due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

November 12, 2021 – 9am – 5pm

November 13, 2021 – 9am – 5pm

November 14, 2021 – 10am – 4pm

The annual Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show brings about 17,000 visitors to southeastern Oklahoma each year, just in time for the beautiful fall colors.

Folk Festival features turn-of-the-century arts and demonstrations, Celtic and early American music, and tantalizing aromas and flavors in the outdoor food court. Visitors can enjoy one-stop holiday shopping by browsing through rooms filled with hand crafted wooden toys, arts and crafts, Oklahoma wine, and homemade quilts and aprons.

The Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show is made possible by Oklahoma Forestry Services, the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board and staff, Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the McCurtain County Tourism Authority, Oklahoma Humanities Council, Oklahoma Forestry Services and the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

For more info, please contact:

Forest Heritage Center at (580) 494-6497 or fhc@beaversbend.com

Plan now for 2021

Masters at Work Woodturning Workshop & Exhibit Schedule Demonstrations                                                                                                                          

  Friday, September 11, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Gallery Hours through October 18                                                                                 

  Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  Sundays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Visitors to the Forest Heritage Center are in for a treat during the Masters at Work: Empty Bowls Woodturning Workshop September 11-12 as Master Woodturners use their lathes to create unique works of wood art from start to finish. The demonstrations will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Museum guests are invited to view the gallery until Oct. 18. Following the exhibit, pieces will be donated to the Empty Bowls program to help in the fight to end hunger. The Masters at Work Woodturning Workshop & Exhibit is free to the public.

The Forest Heritage Center’s outdoor deck will provide the perfect backdrop to showcase the art of the forest. The sights and sounds of woodturning will fill the outdoor space as woodturners work with lathes and hand tools to uncover the art that is hidden within the raw pieces of wood. Guests will enjoy discovering some of the technical and artistic reasoning behind the pieces while making connections with artists as well as fellow wood art enthusiasts.

For more information contact:

Forest Heritage Center


fhc@beaversbend.com or visit us at www.forestry.ok.gov/fhc.

This exhibit is made possible by the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department and members of the Forest Heritage Center Association. 

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Master Woodworking Artist of the Year

The work of some of the nation’s top wood artists will be on display during the 2020 “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” exhibit, which will happen at the Forest Heritage Center Museum in the heart of Beavers Bend State Park. Oklahoma’s 2020 Master Woodworking Artist of the Year will be named during the gallery’s opening reception at 1:30 on March 8th and the hand-crafted pieces will remain on display through May 10th.

The forest provides the medium for talented artists who carve, turn and sculpt the wood into magnificent forms that challenge the boundaries of the imagination. Past winners of the title of Master Woodworking Artist of the Year include Phil Wiles of Norfork, AR, Jerry Brownrigg of Alva, OK, Kenneth Vonk of Mena, AR, Kevin Walker of Rudy, AR, and Wayne Delyea of Granbury, TX.

The Forest Heritage Center is the perfect setting to showcase the art of the forest, with over 50 species of trees found within a 1 mile radius of the museum’s home in Beavers Bend State Park. Many wood artists select their material from this diverse array of native woods, choosing to harvest dead standing or fallen timber or knots and burls that are otherwise unsuitable for construction, adding untold value to Oklahoma’s already booming forestry industry.

 The “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” exhibit will be open FREE to the public from March 8th – May 10th at the Forest Heritage Center Museum. Opening reception will be held on March 8th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 580-494-6497, email the museum at fhc@beaversbend.com or visit www.forestry.ok.gov/master-woodworking-artist-of-the-year .

This exhibit is made possible by the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department and members of the Forest Heritage Center Association.

Application for Artist of the Year

Forest Heritage Center Museum

 2020 Juried Exhibit

P.O. Box 157  – Broken Bow, Oklahoma 74728

 (580) 494-6497 office

 Fax (580) 494-6689

 E-mail: fhc@beaversbend.com

Contest Rules & Regulations:

In 2010, the Forest Heritage Center was recognized by the Senate’s Concurrent Resolution 35 as the “Wood Art Capital of Oklahoma”. This resolution authorized the Forest Heritage Center to convey the title of “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” to a commendable artist each year in their field.

The Forest Heritage Center is a forestry museum located in Broken Bow, Oklahoma in the heart of Beavers Bend State Park with crystal clear lakes, streams, 100 feet tall pine tree plantations and an abundance of wildlife to make for a scenic backdrop that draws 1.4 million visitors from around the world each year.

The Forest Heritage Center has been working diligently towards increasing the awareness of wood art as an art form. This exhibit will showcase the artistry of carving, turning and the many diverse art forms that can be created from wood. The entries selected for the show will represent some of the most intriguing and innovational pieces while representing the “best of the best.”

This exhibit will provide an excellent opportunity for woodworking artists to present their work to the public in a museum gallery setting that features first-class wood art collections as well as other historical forestry exhibits.

Eligibility / Entry Guidelines:

Woodworking artists 18 years of age or older. Galleries, agents and collectors may not submit artwork on behalf of artists

The Forest Heritage Center staff, jurors and judges are not eligible to participate in this exhibit

Artwork must be 50% wood or wood composite

Artwork must remain in the gallery for the entire exhibit

Artwork must be original and completed within the last 2 years. Applicants must disclose if they have used    manufactured parts or if they have involved any other persons or companies in their process (i.e. upholstery, veneering, metalwork, etc.)

Artwork Constraints:

    •  Must fit through a standard size door frame

    • Wall-mount displays: 25 lbs or less per section

    • Floor displays: firmly stable

Artists may submit a maximum of 3 projects but must complete a separate entry application for each project

Artists may submit a maximum of 2 images with each entry (including one detailed image)

High quality images only (print quality). Images with 1700 by 2000 pixels that are 5.5 inches by 6.5 inches at 300 dpi (dots per inch) resolutions will yield a higher print image.

• Images must be in JPEG or TIF format

• Titles of images must match titles on entry forms

• CDs of pictures should be marked with artist name and title of images (Sorry, CDs will not be returned due to the volume of applicants)

• Note: Preliminary review by jurors is heavily reliant on the photos. It is to your advantage to submit the best quality possible.

Application Fee:

A $30 non-refundable jury fee is required for all application to be considered for acceptance into the exhibit for up to 3 entries. Check or money order should be included with entry form, payable to the Forest Heritage Center.

Dates to Remember:

*Application Deadline: January 3rd, 2020

*Application / Jury Fee: $30.00 Total

*Juror’s Selection Notification: January 10th, 2020   

* Hand Delivery of Artwork: January 6-10, 2020


 *Shipped Delivery of Artwork: January 3-10, 2020

     *** with “prepaid” return shipping label included in package ***           

 Awards Reception & Exhibit Opening: March 8, 2020

     Gallery Exhibit Dates: March 8 – May 10th, 2020

*Artwork Pick-up: May 11-15, 2020, 9:00am – 4:00pm


*Return Shipped Artwork: May 18-22, 2020

*Note: Artists are responsible for crating their artwork for shipping (to and from) or making arrangements for delivery and pick-up (download Tips for Crating and Shipping at AWFSFair.org). The Forest Heritage Center assumes no responsibility for damage or loss during shipping. Although it occurs infrequently. The Forest Heritage Center recommends that artist acquire shipping insurance in case artwork is damaged.

Jury Process:

The selection process is done by an independent panel of objective art and industry professionals. All entries are reviewed by the jurors on the basis of creative excellence and quality of execution. Entries are accepted through a blind jury process based solely on review of the images provided. Therefore, the Forest Heritage Center and staff will not respond to questions concerning jury decisions. Decisions of the jury are final.

Judging Process:

1. Judges receive project packets consisting of photos and Project Statement

2. Judges score projects on a scale of 1-10 for each of the 6 criteria listed below

3. Scores are tallied and projects with the highest scores are selected as finalists

Judging Criteria:

1) Design innovation on original pieces; or quality of execution of a known style or variation

 2) Materials choice (wood, wood composites, veneers and how they are used)

 3) Achievement of intent

 4) Quality of processes (joinery, veneering, bent lamination, woodturning, upholstery)

 5) Craftsmanship (construction, detail, surfacing, finish)

 6) Overall aesthetics / appeal and proportion


Cash awards will be presented at the Master Woodworking Artist of the Year exhibit opening & Awards Reception on March 8, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

Registration Form

Entries of artwork designs must be original, primarily wood and completed within the last two years. There is a maximum of 3 Entries per artist. In addition to the Registration Form, a Project Statement Form will be required for each piece entered along with 2 images. (Project Statement Form, images, and the Application Fee of $30.00 must be mailed to: FHC, P.O. Box 157, Broken Bow, OK 74728)

(Application is an online form on the website – http://www.forestry.ok.gov/artist-of-the-year-application)

Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest

As part of our on-going response to the COVID-19 crisis, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest.  Please make plans to join us for the 2021 festival on April 23 and 24, 2021.

The Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest is held annually the last weekend in April. This festival is held in Broken Bow at the beautiful Beavers Bend Resort Park. The purpose of Kiamichi Owa-Chito, Inc. is to stage an annual Festival of the Forest in an effort to acquaint the people of Oklahoma and the world with the beauty, heritage, culture, industry and progress in Kiamichi Country.

The festival features forestry competitions that bring back memories of “the good ole days”! The spirit and heritage of the forest comes to life in the contest of men and women who make their living from the woods. Contests include double buck sawing, ax throwing, jack-n-Jill crosscut, as well as other forestry events. A “Bull of the Woods” winner is selected from the field each year. New this year will be “Crew of the Woods.”

Musical entertainment is prevalent throughout this event. Musicians from all areas (gospel, bluegrass, country, Native American, jazz, and rock-n-roll) keep crowds entertained. Activities for the youth are also a major component. Children’s games are very popular.

For more information contact the Forest Heritage Center Museum at 580-494-6497 (office) or by email at fhc@beaversbend.com.

For a complete listing of all the events, concerts and entry forms https://www.owachitofestival.com/

Owa-Chito Student Art Show

As part of our on-going response to the COVID-19 crisis, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest and Student Art Show.  

Please make plans to join us for the 2021 festival on April 23 and 24, 2021.

The Annual Owa-Chito Art Show will feature works from students between the ages of 5 and 20 who reside within the four states area of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. The artwork will compete for Best of Show and places in categories for Art of the Forest, Animals/Wildlife, Open, 3-D, and Wood Art, a total of 20 categories with $900 in prizes and awards. 

For more information, please contact Doug Zook or Calista Stephens at the Forest Heritage Center at 580-494-6497 or fhc@beaversbend.com.

This program is made possible in part by Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department, Friends of Beavers Bend, Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center Museum Advisory Board and staff.

Owa-Chito Forestry Luncheon

As part of our on-going response to the COVID-19 crisis, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest and Forestry Luncheon.  Please make plans to join us for the 2021 luncheon on April 22, 2021.

Check back soon for the Forestry Awards!

Tickets for the luncheon are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce or any Forest Heritage Center board member.

For additional information or to reserve a luncheon spot, call the Forest Heritage Center at 580-494-6497 (office) or click here to email the museum.

Beginning Woodturning: A Foundation Course

Forest Heritage Center and Southeast Oklahoma Woodturners offer a series of woodturning classes each spring.  Beginning Woodturning: A Foundation Course. These free classes are suitable for beginning to advanced woodturners of all ages and will be held at the Broken Bow High School carpentry shop in February and March.

Students will begin with safety and will gain hands-on experience during the six classes. Each night will feature a short demonstration by a master woodturner and opportunities for students to learn to use a lathe under the supervision of an experienced turner. The “learn to turn” techniques that are taught in class will help students successfully transition to turning in their own shops and the class will help new woodturners develop relationships that will provide mentorship long after the classes have ended.

Additionally, free evening classes will be held for three weeks, each Tuesday and Thursday at the Broken Bow High School’s carpentry shop.  Check back for 2021 dates.

For more information contact the Forest Heritage Center at 580-494-6497, visit our website at www.forestry.ok.gov/beginning-woodturning or contact Southeast Oklahoma Woodturners President Ron Engel-Wilson at 580-286-6592.

This program is made possible by the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board, Southeast Oklahoma Woodturners, the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Forestry Services and members of the Forest Heritage Center Association.