The Oka' Institute is excited to announce Amy Hays as our new Assistant Director of Development and Outreach. Hays’ new role will help the Oka’ Institute’s mission by building strategies, creating development plans, and building organizational capacity in programming for the direct benefit of growing Oka’s capacity to lead land stewardship solutions centered around excellence in water systems management.

“The Oka’ Institute is pleased Amy will be contributing her vast expertise as we grow, we are thrilled to have her on our team,” said Oka’ Institute Executive Director Duane Smith.

For more information about our new Assistant Director of Development and Outreach, click the link below.




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We are so excited to announce that our

2022 Sustainability Conference will welcome you in-person

on the East Central University Campus!


At the Oka’ Institute, we recognize water as a critical resource for life as well as a powerful economic driver. We join with strategic partners for the purpose of safeguarding Oklahoma’s water for present and future generations. This two-day conference, November 8th-9th, will include a curated line-up of speakers. Such as agency leaders, cultural dignitaries, and the ASA Stakeholder field meeting at the EAR site and Byrd's Mill Springs.


To register, please click the button below.



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Blue River Foundation of Oklahoma would like to invite all livestock producers, land managers, and wildlife managers to their livestock/wildlife/native plant and prescribed fire practices field tour. You will have the opportunity to see multi-years of prescribed fire results, hear testimonies from other livestock producers, discuss Sericea lespedeza control efforts, learn management techniques for deer, quail, turkey, and dove, and meet other livestock producers, wildlife managers, and grassland management practice leaders.

This field tour will take place on August 6th from 8:30am to 2pm at the Arbuckle Springs Wildlife Management Area.


Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP by July 28th at oka@ecok.edu or 580.559.5151


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