10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Picnic lunch provided.  

Expect to walk at a leisurely pace for a couple miles on trails through property.  Not difficult, but ground will be uneven.  Long pants, hat, and sturdy shoes recommended.

Free to attend, but registration is required.  Space is limited.  Maps and directions will be provided to all registrants.


ABOUT:

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The family of Augusta Corson Metcalfe, nationally acclaimed self-taught artist, homesteaded the Break O’ Day Farm in1893.  Near the western border of Oklahoma in Roger Mills County, Augusta’s father, staked a claim of 160 acres along the Washita River.  Augusta’s interest in art was encouraged by her mother, but homesteading was difficult and time for art was limited.  Augusta’s short-term marriage left her to care for a young child, invalid widowed mother, and the family homestead.  Yet, she continued to find time for art, entering artwork in fairs which got her noticed nationally.  She was featured in numerous magazines and eventually commissioned by private collectors and galleries.  Augusta lived on the family homestead until her death in 1971.

Read more on their website.

HABITAT: 

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The current Break O’ Day Farm is a biologically diverse track of 640 acres on the western edge of Oklahoma, just 6 miles from Texas.  The rocky hillsides have a nice diversity of mixed grass prairie wildflowers and grasses.  The sandy hills have good examples of shinnery oak mottes that have little eastern red cedar encroachment.  The Washita River flows through the property providing water for wetlands and cottonwood grove.

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TOPICS:

  • Homesteading history of the property
  • Current land management of natural area
  • Walking tour of natural habitats of the property on maintained trails
  • View ranch artifacts, antique collection, and the historic Blue Goose Saloon
  • Tour of the art museum

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Registration is Required.  Space is limited.  Maps and directions will be provided to all registrants.  Registration will open this summer.

Field day is subject to postponement due to inclement weather.  Rain date is will be announced.  Registrants will be notified by email or phone.

Accommodations on the basis of disability are available by contacting Priscilla Crawford at the Oklahoma Biological Survey (405-325-7658; prill@ou.edu).