Kalamalka Rotary Club funds ranch exhibits
It’s all child’s play at O’Keefe Ranch.
A new children’s interactive area will open Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the historic site thanks to a $3,750 grant from the Kalamalka Rotary Club.
“Kal Rotary is excited to be a part of a project that makes the past come alive,” said Cheryl Schmidt, the club’s donations committee chairperson.
“It’s a project that connects children to local history.”
Interactive displays in the Greenhow Museum include three computer terminals with a cattle drive game, a video on cowboy poetry and reminiscences of old timers and historic photos.
In addition, there is a variety of artifacts and toys and an opportunity to dress in cowboy clothing.
“The play area is designed to engage children in the history of the North Okanagan in a more meaningful way,” said Glen Taylor, ranch manager.
“It has been set up to encourage children to touch and identify more closely with historic items.”
O’Keefe Ranch’s school program annually attracts more than 3,500 students.
“Experiential learning is much more effective and provides a richer learning environment for children visiting the historic ranch,” said Taylor.