Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center

These photos were all taken near the Nature Center and the nature trail. I was also able to snap some quick photos of the pelicans at the second playground as well.

Photos of the park this morning.

Today our Naturalist will be out of the office and at another local Grand Lake attraction, Har-Ber Village Museum, for a special Girl Scout Day!

[05/10/19]   We've got some exciting news for our guests who love to camp at Bernice Area of Grand Lake State Park! Although our campsite reservation page is currently offline, don't be discouraged because we are making a transition to a new campsite reservation system. The new system is user friendly and easy to navigate. If you have current reservations and need to make a change or cancelation, call us at the park office at 918-786-9447 and will be happy to assist you! Be sure to have your confirmation number available when you call. We will be back online Monday May 13th and ready for you to make your campsite reservation at Bernice area of Grand Lake State Park!

[05/07/19]   Copied directly from our local ODWC Game Warden, Marni Loftis.

Public Announcement:
Oklahoma has issued a Stop Movement order on all cervids (deer, elk). White tail deer/fawn movement has been banned statewide in Oklahoma pending a CWD investigation. This includes what the public often believes to be orphaned fawns. They cannot be taken to wildlife rehabilitators. Most often these fawns are not actually orphaned anyway. The mother will leave them alone for 10+ hours on occassion. If you find what you believe is an orphan fawn you must leave it where it is (mom is probably close by). If you find an injured fawn or deer, call law enforcement to have it euthanized instead of suffering. Again no deer or elk can be moved or transported until the Stop Movement is lifted, this applies to commercial and private transport and includes all fawns and even roadkill deer and elk. The Stop Movement order is in effect until May 24 for the investigation. At that time the order may be revoked or extended. Do not pick up and transport deer, elk, fawns, or roadkill until you hear the Stop Movement has been lifted and revoked.

Oklahoma Tourism

Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week with a chance to win a real-life bison shoulder mount! Visit the nearest participating Travel Information Center, found at the link below, from May 5-11 to register your entry:
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Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell

From our Lieutenant Governor, Matt Pinnell.

"Next week is National Travel and Tourism Week. Here's my op-ed about why it's a big deal for Oklahoma." #travelOK As we approach the summer travel season, there is no better time to discuss the tourism industry in Oklahoma. May 5th-11th marks National Travel and Tourism Week, which highlights this important and growing sector of the Oklahoma economy. As the third largest industry in the state, tourism is a majo...

Grand River Dam Authority

GRDA Floodgate Release Bulletin
At 9:45 AM on Wednesday, May 1:

- Grand Lake elevation was 744.41 feet. Daily target elevation for May 1 is 742 feet.
- At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) main gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging​ 14,684 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
- Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,509 cfs of water through generation.
- Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 28,193 cfs.
- Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 96,462 cfs.

- Lake Hudson elevation was 622.02 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
- Four (4) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse.
- Releases through generation totaled 32,400 cfs.
- Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 60,713 cfs.

The Afton Girl Scout troop visited this weekend for an entire day of Mechanical Engineering programs! This badge work included building a fling flyer, cranes, marble runs, board games, paddle boats, and leaping origami frogs!

Do you have a program idea for your group? Call Ms. Amanda and ask her to help you accomplish your group goals with a program to suit your needs!!!

Today we had Ketchum Elementary PreK visit to learn about plants and how they grow! They also helped Ms. Amanda with an enrichment for Wile E. Coyote and watched how Bumper the African Spurred Tortoise moves.

Bumper may be an exotic pet (who was left in our backyard while the building was closed), but his educational purpose and even the coyote's purpose taught these kids today that not animals make great pets, some animals are illegal to keep, and some pets will even out live even them!

Yesterday we took part in the Wyandotte Nation Environmental Festival! Children from Pre-K to 8th grade learned how to recycle Easter Eggs into a fun parachutes. Each teacher was encouraged to take their parachutes and turn them into fun S.T.E.M. lessons in their classrooms!

Three of the Grove ECC prekindergarten classes were here today to learn about Oklahoma Animals and their habitats!

2019 Bernice Easter Egg Hunt

Henry got to meet Park Pal today after the Easter Egg Hunt!

It's almost time to hop on down for our Easter Egg Hunt!!! Arrive early to find parking and to find your child's age group!

Ages 0 to 12
Start time 1:00pm

A BIG shout out to Scouts BSA Pack 66, Pack 60, Pack 669, and Troop 1875 for assisting park staff accomplish many projects with their helping hands! This State Park Scout Service Day qualified the Scouts for their Conservation Good Turn Service Award.

Get the basket's ready Peter Cottontail is bringing a friend and lots of eggs to hunt this year for the 14th Annual Bernice Area Easter Egg Hunt!

*Please see the FB event listing for more information!!!

Grand Lake State Park - Honey Creek Area

Summer Job Opening!!

We have a seasonal maintenance position open. May through September, 40 hours per week, must be able to work holidays and weekends. $9/hour. Background check is required. Apply in person Tues-Sat 8:00-2:00.

Ms Amanda is on the move today and is educating at Har-ber Village in Grove for their Homeschool days!

Oklahoma State Parks

Thinking about visiting a state park? Don’t take our word for it. These stellar photos were shot by park visitors like you.

Well it seems the cat is out of the bag and with that...we welcome Henry to the Nature Center! He is still getting use to the Nature Center, staff, and his new home, but he has a budding fan club already! Thank you Annette at Wild Heart Ranch for trusting us with the continued care of your loved one. We love him so much already!!!

I will add some additional photo's of him and his first weekend here.

Our blind raccoon, Henry, has moved to the Bernice Nature Center on Grand Lake. Mary was fed up with him as he would knock her down constantly, and Henry needed more time out to roam. The staff has accommodated him completely inside the Nature center and since he is blind, we included his cage, cat trees, toys and even his bowls so he wouldn’t feel lost. His sponsorship money also went with him. We miss him but we just didn’t have room to ad another big inside cage.
Feel free to visit him at the Nature center and take him a toy! He loves stuffed animals his size and things that squeak!

From the eyes of the Park Naturlist, this morning's fog photos. Enjoy!

The Nature Center is currently looking for volunteers!

If you, your child, or your group/orginazation are interested in lending a helping hand, please contact Ms. Amanda here or call the Nature Center at 918-257-8330 to find out more information!

*This photo is a throw back to some of our volunteers helping beautify the park by giving our swing set a fresh coat of paint!

The phone lines have been flooded, so don't miss out on your chance to schedule your school or home school program for the months of April and May!!!

Today is the start of the FLW bass tournament, stop #4, at Grand Lake! At 8:00 am one of the FLW pro fishermen and his crew were spotted fishing off of the fishing pier! I asked if they had had any luck yet this morning, but they had not landed one at that time. I wished them the best of luck before heading on into work.

Come support the fishermen and women of the FLW tournament on Grand Lake! We have your campsite waiting for you.

Bumper just wanted to say hello to his new friend!

Best of the Best 2019

Have you ever left our park or nature center and just thought how wonderful of a time you have had while here?

Well now is the time to make that thought heard loud and clear!!! Help us win a fancy 2019 Best of the Best sticker for our front door! All you have to do is cast your vote by following the link below. You can even vote for us once a day until the contest ends on April 5th.

(The park (Bernice State Park) and the Nature Center are nominated in several different location under the "People & Places" tab. If this link works properly it should take you to that tab directly.)

Thanks in advance for your daily vote! 😁 We invite you to vote for your favorites in dozens of categories. If you vote in more than 25 categories, you'll be entered in a sweepstakes to win $100! Votes can be placed between March 25 and April 5, 2019.

[03/25/19]   Does Monday have you daydreaming about your GRAND adventures this past week while on Spring Break?

Share your favorite spring break memory or photo below!

Bonus points if you share pictures from our Spring Break OUT event!!! 😁

As you visit our beautiful State Parks, please remember litter isn't natural. Please make use of our trash receptacles provided to you throughout the park.

[03/23/19]   We have one more day of Spring Break OUT fun planned, join us at 10am and 1pm!!!

Thanks for taking a stinking picture of all the fun today Kaylea at the Grove Sun!

"The stink on slime" was by far our biggest turn out for a Spring Break OUT program to date, with 73 people learning how to identify animals by the scat they leave behind. The crowd helped Ms. Amanda rap about scat in the scat rap and then everyone made their very own scat...emoji pudding slime, completed with candy eyes. 😁

💩What a fun day!!!💩

[03/22/19]   Curious about what's happening around the park when you're not around? Come to our 1pm program what "the stink on slime"! 🤔

The first picture says it all! Cooking on a stick was a success!

ONE 'O CLOCK program starts soon with "Cooking on a Stick"!!!

We'll see you tomorrow at the same times, but with fun NEW Spring Break OUT events!

Come see what Ms. Amanda is drawing on about at 10 am and then come back at 1 pm to see what's cooking!!!

Mrs. Nina was in the house to help learn about Bartholomew and the Oobleck!

Next event starts at 1:00 pm!!!

[03/20/19]   Today is the day!!!!

Spring Break OUT starts at 10am and then also at 1pm today!!!

This is for any of you not able to enjoy this GRAND day!

This group of friends are in the park today celebrating a birthday and fantastic snake powers!

Did you know picnic/park birthday parties can be enhanced by scheduling time with our Naturalist? Message Ms Amanda here or give her a call at the Nature Center, 918-257-8330, to learn more!

Are you ready for spring break OKLAHOMA???

Our Spring Break OUT event is four fun filled days of wild activities. We will challenge your minds as we take common science lessons out of the books and bring them to life in our “Kitchen Chemistry” series.

The 10:00 am programs have been designed for younger children and include family friendly activities that will last approximately an hour. While our 1:00 pm programs will put the science directly into the hands of the little scientists and are designed to last approximately an hour and a half to two hours.

Our program's are free of charge to families, but donations are always welcome and help keep these action packed events happening.

Child-care providers please contact Ms. Amanda by sending a direct message to this page or by calling 918-257-8330 BEFORE attending, as our policies have changed.

Let's see if FB is going to work for us today!

Come out and see what fun we have planned this weekend!!!

The beauty of this creature is undeniable!

If you're not coming to Grand Lake State Park's for Spring Break may we suggest a visit to Sequoyah State Park & Sequoyah Lodge to see this handsome fella or any of the other Oklahoma State Parks!

Have a magnificent Monday

Southern Leopard Frog - Lithobates sphenocephalus - Media Search - eBird and Macaulay Library

From our friends at ODWC - Wildlife Diversity Program

This week’s forecasted rain should be a lure to many of our state’s early breeding amphibians, including the southern leopard frog. The low chuckle or snore of these common frogs can be heard at wetlands, ponds, creeks and rivers across much of eastern Oklahoma. Search millions of photos, audio recordings, and videos of wildlife; powered by Macaulay Library and eBird. The Macaulay Library collects, archives and distributes wildlife media. eBird collects bird observations and provides data sources on bird abundance and distribution. The Cornell Lab of Ornith...

Are you ready to get OUT to your favorite park for SPRING BREAK?!?!

I received this amazing photo from our camping friends, the Compton's. They decided to be snowed in at the park last weekend and captured this beautiful sunset Sunday evening (3/3/2019).

Thanks for the share!!!

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