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Sept. 7, 2015
Get Crafty at Oklahoma Wildlife Expo on Sept. 26-27
Several lucky families who attend the free Oklahoma Wildlife Expo later this month willdefinitely walk away with a new house! A bluebird house, that is.
This perennially popular "make-n-take" activity allows family groups to enjoy completing a project as a group activity as part of their Wildlife Expo experience. But the Bluebird Nest Box Make-n-Take building sessions fill up fast, so families are urged to visit the outdoor booth as soon as possible each day to reserve a spot on the list.
"The Wildlife Expo offers so many hands-on activities that visitors can enjoy, including several arts-and-crafts booths that are fun to do and give everyone a chance to take a souvenir home with them," said Rhonda Hurst, Wildlife Expo coordinator for the Wildlife Department.
The Bluebird Nest Box Make-n-Take is designed to be a project allowing family groups to work together to create one bluebird house that can be taken home and used to benefit bluebirds or other songbirds. 
 Organizers will sign up family groups on a first-come, first-served basis for one of the six daily build sessions. Each session can have up
to 25 family groups. All materials and tools are supplied for this free activity. But remember to sign up early before the sessions are full!
The 10th edition of the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo will unfold Sept. 26-27 at the Lazy E Arena, just north of Oklahoma City. Thousands of visitors are expected to turn out for all the fun at this free event conducted by the Wildlife Department with the help of many great organizations, partners and volunteers.
Other crafty activities that Expo visitors will find include Basketweaving Make-n-Take, Wildlife Bling Make-n-Take, Fishing Lures Make-n-Take, rope making and fly tying.
The Expo takes a hands-on approach to educating visitors of all ages and all experience levels about Oklahoma's wildlife and natural resources and how to enjoy them. All the crowd favorites will be there, including kayaking on an indoor pond, shotgun and pellet gun target shooting, fishing in a stocked pond, and archery in the woods.
"This is the state's largest outdoor recreation event, and it draws thousands of people each year," Hurst said. She urges visitors to plan to spend the entire day at the Expo, because there are so many things to see and do there. And the best thing about all of this: It's free!
"In short, the Expo is a celebration of everything outdoors in the state of Oklahoma," Hurst said. "We want you to leave the Expo with a new appreciation for wildlife and the hobbies of hunting, fishing and wildlife watching."
The Wildlife Expo has its own website at wildlifedepartmentexpo.com. Log onto the site to find out the latest information, including how to get to the event, lists of activities and events, and answers to frequently asked questions.
     Expo hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Admission and parking are free. Be sure to mark your calendar now and make plans to be a part of the fun at the 2015 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo!
Everyone will have opportunities to get crafty at the 2015 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo on Sept. 26-27 at the Lazy E Arena just north of Oklahoma City. Admission and parking are free. (Photo by Darrin Hill/ODWC)