Unusually heavy and persistent spring rains have flooded several units of the National Park System in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming, leading to washed out trails, closed campgrounds, and at least one death.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
It's hard to beat a small town parade with lots of fire trucks for an All-American event, but the town of Atoka, Oklahoma, pulled out all the stops recently with an event that should earn a spot in the Guinness World Records. A truck and two firefighters from Chickasaw National Recreation Area were part of the effort, which was all for a worthy cause.
In Oklahoma, a place that was demoted from National Park status because it lacked resources of sufficient importance is now being touted for its outstanding historical qualities.
For 25 cents you'll soon be able to put Glacier National Park in your pocket. Or Olympic National Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Vicksburg National Military Park, or Chickasaw National Recreation Area, for that matter.
One might think that people who are involved in illegal activities would try to avoid attracting the attention of the Proper Authorities, but fortunately for the sake of law and order, that's not always the case. Three cases of Dumb and Dumber from separate parks confirm that crime still doesn't pay.
It's a shame that Chickasaw National Recreation Area flies under the radar. This recreational cornucopia in south-central Oklahoma attracts over a million visitors a year. Here's information you can use to plan your own visit.
April showers bring May flowers, so let’s run with that idea in this month’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Flowers are the reproductive organs of angiosperms.”
Spring is a fantastic time to be outdoors. Along with the beauty of plants in bloom, a trip to a national park can reveal mammals emerging from their hibernation and frogs singing up a storm. But the one spring event that brings countless new and life-long nature lovers to our nation’s parks is the return of migratory songbirds.
On March 17, 1976, Congress corrected a 70-year old mistake by de-listing Platt National Park and folding the property into Chickasaw National Recreation Area.