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UCO's Selman Living Lab to Host Citizen Science Day with Bats, Astronomy and More

May 5, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma’s Selman Living Laboratory (UCO SLL) will host Citizen Science Day from 1-10:30 p.m. May 17 at the laboratory located just south of Freedom in northwest Oklahoma. The event is free and open to the public.

“Citizen Science Day will be a great day for young and old to discover their potential impact on the world of science. Our event will introduce attendees to bird spotting and identification, invasive plant identification, bat biology and identification, astronomy, and landscaping for wildlife, or ‘wildscaping,’” said Rebecca Pace, Ph.D., manager of the UCO SLL.

“We will also discuss how to use these newly honed skills to help scientists in Oklahoma and across the country. It’s an opportunity to find your calling in the world of citizen science.”  

Experts in the respective fields will lead each session. The schedule is as follows:

1-1:30 p.m.: Check in
1:30 p.m.: Short talks about each activity
2 p.m.: Plant walk
3 p.m.: Bird walk with Oklahoma Ornithological Society
4 p.m.: Wildscaping
5 p.m.: Picnic on the prairie
7 p.m.: Observe bats at Alabaster Caverns
9 p.m.: Astronomy with the Starcreek Astronomical Society
10:30 p.m.: Closing

Those who plan to stay for the entire day should bring a picnic dinner to enjoy alongside other guests.

The UCO SLL is a field research and teaching facility located in the rolling hills and plains of northwestern Oklahoma and is the official field station of Central’s Department of Biology. The laboratory provides a wide array of natural environments, including large bat caves for research and teaching.

No reservations are required to attend. Sleeping accommodations are available in the SLL bunkhouse; however, space is limited and should be reserved no later than May 15 by contacting Pace at

Campsite reservations are available through the Alabaster Caverns by calling 580-621-3381. Fees vary, and the caverns have no affiliation with the SLL.

To view driving directions to the UCO SLL, visit and click on “Location” in the left-hand navigation. The drive is about 2 1/2 hours from the Oklahoma City metro and 3 1/2 hours from Tulsa.


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Cutline: UCO’s Selman Living Laboratory will host Citizen Science Day from 1-10:30 p.m. May 17 at the laboratory located just south of Freedom in northwest Oklahoma. The free, open-to-the-public event will include a full day of science-focused activities centered on plants, wildlife, bat watching at the Alabaster Caverns, astronomy and more.