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Quality education is an expectation and a reality in Bartlesville. Citizens support the city’s schools – including two local universities and a technology center – with strong participation in school-oriented programs and consistent financial support of school growth and improvement. Here’s a sampling of Bartlesville’s educational environment…
A wide array of activities for youth of all ages complements the opportunities provided by the public school system. Whether a child’s interest is related to sports, music, theatre or other pursuits, dozens of local youth-focused programs stress personal growth and character development with the goal of helping young people achieve their personal potential.
The goal of CMT is to enrich the lives of youth by providing quality musical theatre performance and educational opportunities. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary of annual summer productions, CMT was named Oklahoma’s Top Arts & Humanities Nonprofit for 2014. Visit the CMT Facebook page to learn more.
The association of experienced artists provides learning opportunities for artists of all ages including a summer camp for students who want to further develop their talent. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Bartlesville boasts an outstanding Symphony Orchestra, which includes several high school student musicians. Find out more on their Facebook page
OKM, a first class music festival with the Amici New York Orchestra, features outstanding musical performance of all types. Students have the opportunity to learn and perform in several venues, including the OK Mozart All-State Youth Orchestra performance. Connect with OKM on Facebook.
Now in its 45th season, the Civic Ballet has a long tradition of providing exceptional instruction and performance opportunities to the area youth. Each year, the company stages two well-attended performances on the Community Center stage, including the popular Nutcracker during the holidays. Visit their Facebook page to learn more about the Civic Ballet.
Theater Bartlesville has provided excellent community theater to the greater area since 1925. Staging several productions each year, the theater offers opportunities for young people in performance and stagecraft. Check out Theater Bartlesville on Facebook.
The Bartlesville Choral society is a 70-voice chorus that is a vibrant part of the Northeast Oklahoma arts scene. The society presents three concerts each year, including a biennial presentation of Handel’s Messiah, and shorter varied choral works and pop concerts. Young vocalists are welcomed. Follow the Choral Society on Facebook
Bartlesville has a long history of producing outstanding dancers, and offers several dance studios, including Bartlesville Civic Ballet and several studios with instruction in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap.
Producing competitive swimmers for 41 years, the Phillips 66 Splash Club is a non-profit organization that encourages excellence in competitive swimming while promoting character development, leadership skills and self-discipline. A highly successful elementary school swim camp held each fall introduces aspiring swimmers into the program. Find out more on their Facebook page.
The Phillips 66 Gymnastics Club provides instruction and competitive opportunities for children of all ages, beginning at the pre-school level. Numerous Phillips 66 gymnasts have gone on to compete in colleges throughout the country and have become Division One All Americans. The club hosts the longest ongoing age-group gymnastics invitational in the United States.
This is a non-profit volunteer organization promoting the development of youth soccer in Washington County, striving to promote sportsmanship, develop the skills of each player, and make soccer fun for kids from age four through high school. Follow the Soccer Club on Facebook to learn more.
The purpose of this club to provide quality coaching, training, and competitive play for Junior Volleyball players, introducing a more advanced level of play. Ultimately, Eclipse Volleyball is a Club where girls are encouraged to develop a love for the game of volleyball.
The Bartlesville “Y” sponsors basketball, football and cheer teams for youth with facilities that include a indoor pool. Fitness programs for all ages are available. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
The club is for people of all ages and interest levels who share a love of bicycling. Rides are scheduled throughout the year as well as participation in numerous regional bicycling events, including the annual ride across the state, OK FreeWheel. Visit their Facebook page to learn more.
Several studios in town offer classes in numerous martial arts.
Run the Streets is a running and mentoring program for teens. Open to all, the program’s primary mission is to challenge at-risk youth to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health. Find out more about this fantastic program on Facebook.
Bartlesville is the site of a number of well-attended races throughout the year including:
The Archery Club of Madison Middle School provides students with instruction and competitive opportunities in accordance with the National Archery in the Schools Program. With the support of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, about 15 to 20 archery club members have the chance to compete each year in a regional contest against clubs from sixteen other middle schools. In recent competition, the team placed eighth overall in the 2015 regional competition.
Scouting has a very strong tradition in Bartlesville with some 14 Cub Packs and 14 Scout Troops plus Explorer Posts and Venture Crews – all topped off with the opportunity for memorable camping experiences at nearby Camp McClintock in the Osage Hills. Learn more on their Facebook page.
The first Girl Scout troops in OK began in Bartlesville in 1914, and now several troops are sponsored throughout the community. Outdoor experiences are offered at nearby Camp Wah Shah She and Camp Tallchief. Check out their Facebook page.
The park offers outdoor recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing and wildlife watching. Park facilities include picnicking facilities, RV and tent campsites, and cabins. Find out more on Facebook.
Created by local oilman, Frank Phillips, Woolaroc Museum presents one of the world’s most unique collections of Western art and artifacts. The museum is set in 3,700 acres of wildlife preserve featuring a large bison herd. Woolaroc provides great outings for families and, camps for kids. Visit Woolaroc's Facebook page for more information.
Bartlesville chess players of all ages and strengths meet on Thursday evenings at First United Methodist Church. Find out more information on Facebook.
Bartlesville boasts a disc golf course at Sooner Park, plus a new 18-hole course is planned the near Shawnee entrance to Pathfinder Parkway to be completed mid-summer 2015. Check out their Facebook page to learn more.
The Bartlesville area is home to more than 100 churches, many of which sponsor youth groups for children of all school ages. Click here for a complete list, and links to individual church websites.
Bartlesville prides itself on offering interesting and educational after school programs and community-strengthening programs. There are numerous choices, including:
Children of all ages enjoy the Bartlesville Kiddie Park, located in Johnstone Park and in operation since 1947. Kiddie Park is an outdoor children's amusement park with a miniature train, antique pedal cars, carousel, Ferris wheel and 12 other vintage rides, where each ticket is a quarter and admission is free. Find out more about this childhood favorite on their Facebook page.
Billed as “Oklahoma’s Biggest Outdoor Picnic,” SunFest offers music, art, food, and youth activities — plus an eye-popping car show— during a free, three-day weekend of fun in Sooner Park at the kick off of summer vacation. Visit SunFest's Facebook page for more information about the festival.
This annual event pays tribute to Oklahoma’s nearly 30 federally recognized tribes. The free festival showcases Native American art, dance, demonstrations, workshops and interactions intended to encourage the participation of all cultures and bridge cultural divides. Learn more on their Facebook page.
Bartlesville is home to architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper and a candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The Tower hosts a museum, inn, restaurant and often offers activities for children, including the annual Family Arts Festival. Visit their Facebook page to learn more.
This new, centrally-located facility provides an ideal place for kids to enjoy the family pet in a semi-rural setting. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Find out more about what Bartlesville has to offer families at the Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce website.