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About The Challenge

Inspired by the oldest and largest cottonwood tree at Gathering Place, The Reading Tree Challenge unites Tulsa County in our common love of reading. With a goal of reading 2 million books before the park opens in late spring/summer of 2018, the program provides educators and families with activities, resources and an online book log to inspire children to find adventures inside a book. While our activities and resources are tailored for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade, the Challenge is open to children of all ages.

Watch the Reading Tree video to see how you can help the tree grow its leaves!


Step 1
Sign Up

Create a free account to track books read.

Step 2

Encourage children to read books and use our activity guides for additional reading activities.

Step 3
Log Books

Log the number of books read and help your community reach the goal of 2 million books.

Step 4

Celebrate the opening of Gathering Place in late spring/summer of 2018 and visit the real Reading Tree!

Tell Me More

About Gathering Place

A momentous transformation along Tulsa's riverfront is underway as 100 acres are being turned into Gathering Place, a world-class park for all Tulsans to enjoy. The park will include a five-acre Adventure Playground, Mist Mountain water feature, sport courts, bike and skate parks, natural trails, a boathouse and large lawns for programming. To make this park, the largest private gift to a public park in the nation’s history, a reality, the George Kaiser Family Foundation is leading the project. With collaboration from NYC-based renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Phase I (66.5 acres) of the park will be completed by late spring/summer of 2018.

Challenge Partnerships


Want to learn more about becoming a Challenge partner?

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