NatureWorks is a nonprofit organization that aids in the development and conservation of wildlife preserves, introduces wildlife into new habitats, and provides education opportunities for adults and children on the values of sharing our homeland with wildlife.
Since 1991, the all-volunteer organization has generated more than $2 million for local, statewide and national projects, including habitat enhancement, high-tech equipment for field studies, and classroom materials for students.
With generous support from our donors and the dedicated leadership of our board, NatureWorks will continue improving Oklahoma conservation so that we can continue to appreciate wildlife for years to come.
In partnership with Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the National Wild Turkey Federation, The release was part of a very successful restoration project that re-established the turkey populations in all 77 Oklahoma counties. The release site did not have any turkeys at the time.
With the help of the National Wild Turkey Federation, NatureWorks donated $15,000 to reimburse Iowa for the turkeys as well as purchase 10 grain drills to be used for planting wildlife food plots.
NatureWorks has been a strong supporter for the Wildlife Department’s Duck Stamp print program, which features the winners of Oklahoma’s duck stamp design contest. Duck stamp sales help finance many projects that benefit ducks and geese. Since the duck stamp program began in 1980, thousands of acres of waterfowl habitat have been enhanced and restored through duck stamp revenues. Pictured is the 2016 winning duck stamp artwork.
NatureWorks has funded and supported a range of habitat work and equipment needs for wildlife biologists in Oklahoma, such as habitat work at the Harold Stuart Waterfowl Refuge Unit within the Deep Fork Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the Grassy Slough WMA. Among others, NatureWorks has also funded the placement of a pump station at the Chouteau Wetland in the McClellan-Kerr WMA and various skid steer attachments and herbicides for a range of projects at Spavinaw WMA.
NatureWorks has been an important supporter of the Wildlife Department's Hunters Against Hunger program, in which hunters can donate their legally harvested deer to feed hungry Oklahomans.
NatureWorks has played an important role in paddlefish research in Oklahoma, providing $8,600 for a telemetry project on Grand Lake to monitor the impact of catch-and-release paddlefish snagging on the fish's spawning success and to study delayed mortality. Paddlefish are one of Oklahoma’s most unique fish species.
NatureWorks contributed toward Jim Jones Memorial Creek Cleanup and Water Education Day on the Mountain Fork River. This event was held by the Oklahoma Blue Thumb Association, a nonprofit that specifically promotes clean water ecosystems in Oklahoma, with an emphasis on fishable and wadeable streams and rivers. These causes were important to James “Jimbo” Jones who taught the value of the great outdoors. His hometown of Broken Bow honors him by carrying on his role as an educator and steward of Oklahoma’s natural resources.
NatureWorks wouldn’t be what it is without the exceptional leadership of its board made up of dedicated volunteers and civil servants. Each member generously donates their time and energy to promoting the effective conservation of Oklahoma wildlife. With their guidance, NatureWorks will continue to serve the community, increase awareness of wildlife conservation, and enrich the lives of Oklahoma residents and wildlife.
We have opportunities for anyone who wants to contribute to the NatureWorks mission. Whether you’d like to donate your time, money or learn more about NatureWorks, click below to get in touch with us and explore all of the ways you can get involved.Get Involved
Our annual art show and sale raise funds for projects that help conserve Oklahoma wildlife. Visit our Art Show page for more information, and stay tuned for details on next year’s show.Art Show