Trail Dedication Honoring Our Pioneering Herper, Charles Carpenter

Over the weekend, our family enjoyed attending a ceremony and hike around a newly-reestablished woodland trail named in honor of Andy’s late grandfather. 

Dr. Charles Carpenter

Dr. Charles Carpenter, pictured above


“Chuck’s Loop” is a loop trail within Oliver’s Woods, a 70-acre river bottom woodland near the University of Oklahoma and managed by the Oklahoma Biological Survey. Chuck spent much time in Oliver’s Woods, beginning his first research there in 1953, a three-year marking project on box turtles (Terrapene), while teaching at OU. 

We had a great time at the trail dedication. And our mini-herpers, Frank (six years old) and Jack (23 months old), were fascinated with the three-toed box turtle and brown snake found along the trail. For more details and images from Chuck’s Loop Dedication, click here.

And to learn more about Chuck's legacy in herpetology and reptile behavior, click here.

The herps are out, let’s explore!

Unveiling the new sign, "Chuck's Loop"

Pictured above, left to right: Katie Vaughn, Geoff Carpenter, Caryn Vaughn, Andy Vaughn with sons Jack and Frank.

Map of the loop trail at Oliver's Woods