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It's Spring Break!

And there's lots for kids and families to do

DUNCAN  Folks who are looking for outdoor fun for children during spring break may want to check out Hike the Wichitas. Stephens County 4-H will Hike the Wichitas on Thursday, and any students ages 9-19 are welcome to come along for this free activity. The group will meet at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center at 10 a.m. Parents are encouraged to join in on the hike but it's not a requirement.

Those who want to participate should have their parents bring them to the center and plan to pick them up afterward. Deadline to RSVP is Tuesday. For questions call the Stephens County OSU extension office at 580-255-0510.

Hikers should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, snacks, sun screen, bug spray, a camera and sack lunch if they want to stay and have a picnic after the hike. They may want to take pictures to enter the 4-H Photo & Poster Contest in early April.

Jonathan Jeffrey, OSU Extension Educator for 4-H and Youth Development in Stephens County said outside of managing the county's 4-H, he also does school enrichment programs. "We're doing chick embryos now. A lot of the schools will come back after spring break and start up the chick embryo projects. The kids love to watch them hatch," Jeffrey said.

Spring break allows for family vacations

Usually, spring break falls about the same time as the Oklahoma Youth Expo in Oklahoma City, and many students are involved showing and working with livestock during that time. This year the OYE will wrap up about the time spring break begins.

"They will have their first spring break in awhile," Jeffrey said. "They will probably be looking for something to do. You may see a lot of people go snow skiing or do a family vacation over spring break."

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