Welcome to the Wichita Mountains Photography Class, the first and only photography class authorized by the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Each class/experience begins at the Lake Elmer Thomas parking lot, where guests will receive a brief introduction to the Refuge, along with a short description of the class. We will proceed in separate vehicles to various beautiful, often hidden locations within the Refuge that will have many guests asking themselves "Am I still in Oklahoma?". There will be many interesting and unique photo opportunities with eye opening vistas and always the chance of encountering local wildlife. Periodic Q&A pauses will occur during the class. Classes are approximately 3 hours long and are offered daily. Weekday mornings are highly recommended due to low traffic and cooler temperatures during Summer months. Note: This experience is intended for beginning/amateur photographers who want to learn about outdoor photography while enjoying the unique beauty of the Wichita Mountains. Please, no advanced amateur/professional photographers or sightseers. Thank you.
Hi! My name is Steve and I have lived in Oklahoma for over 52 years. I'm an avid hiker in the Wichita Wildlife Refuge and have worked in the horticulture field for more than 42 years. I would like to share my love of the Refuge by guiding guests through several key scenic trails along the many lakes, cliffs, and canyons. I have spent 15 years roaming this beautiful location and therefore have an intimate knowledge of the landscape, wildlife, flora and fauna within the park. I pride myself on my ability to pinpoint and select the most relevant trails to ensure you and your party enjoy the experience at the height of it's beauty based on seasonal factors. I have a very friendly, easy going personality and enjoy meeting new people, while educating and informing them of the importance of preservation of a truly unique setting .
Each class/experience begins at the Lake Elmer Thomas parking lot and takes place at various locations within the boundaries of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is located just west of Medicine Park, Oklahoma Note: Scheduled start times are subject to change due to weather conditions.