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Chickasaw National Recreation Area is Seeking Volunteers for the Trails and Rails Program on the Amtrak Heartland Flyer

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Date: January 14, 2011
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 580-622-7282

Chickasaw National Recreation Area in

Sulphur , Oklahoma , is recruiting for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers for the Trails & Rails program. Trails & Rails is a partnership between the National Park Service and Amtrak to provide on-board education programs to passengers on trains. The program is coordinated through the Volunteer-In-Parks program.

Trails & Rails Volunteers represent the National Park Service as tour guides, providing Amtrak passengers with information about

Oklahoma ’s National Park units while aboard the Heartland Flyer. Passengers will be introduced to topics including the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Oklahoma and Texas; the history of the area; the geological story of these areas; descriptions of the Oklahoma and Texas landscape and its animals and plants; the economic story; and the role of the railroad in this region.

Volunteers board the Heartland Flyer in

Norman , Oklahoma and are available for information and questions along the route to Fort Worth , Texas and back. Volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time on a moving train. Trails & Rails is a full-day commitment, with a five-hour layover in Fort Worth . Uniforms and training will be provided. All volunteers must be able to attend a day-long, required training on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

To apply visit www.volunteer.gov/gov. Applications are due no later than March 15, 2011. For more information call Lauren Gurniewicz, 580 622-7282 or visit www.nps.gov/chic/planyourvisit/trails-and-rails-program.htm.

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Park Ranger on horseback, 1910

In 1904 Forest Townsley was appointed the first park ranger in Platt National Park [the Platt Historic District in today's Chickasaw National Recreation Area]. Townsley's son John later served as Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park from 1975 to 1982. More...