Travertine Nature Center Blog
The gently flowing waters of Travertine Creek begin at the Buffalo and Antelope Springs, and flow underneath the Travertine Nature Center, providing a direct link from the building to the natural environment around it. The nature center is a focal point for many visitors, and an excellent starting point for exploring the natural and cultural resources found in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Join park rangers Eric and Lauren and other staff to learn more about the park, park resources, and what’s happening.
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Thursday, 8 October 2009
KERA, the Dallas, Texas public television station, produced Oka' (the Chickasaw word for water) - a short film by native Oklahoma filmmaker Rick Thompson - focusing attention on the history of the unique freshwater and mineral springs in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and tells the story of the former Platt National Park.
The park premiered Oka' on Sunday September 27 as part of a membership drive event for our new friends group. I worked closely with the film maker and make a small appearance in the film; it's something we are very proud of.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
After a long hiatus, we are picking back up the nature center blog, and plan to keep up with all the things happening here and elsewhere in the park!
Exciting news here in the park a week ago was our selection as the public land location to grace the Oklahoma quarter in the upcoming America the Beautiful quarter program. The coins will be issued in the order each site was established by Congress; since the park's earliest birthday is in 1902, that makes us the tenth quarter in the series of fifty-six. The Chickasaw NRA quarter should be issued in November or December of 2011, just over two years from now.
So, the question of the moment is: How will the park be represented on the quarter? The official design of the quarter will likely not be done for some time, possibly as far out as this time next year. When considering an image for the coin, keep in mind that a quarter does not have space for a lot of detail, so must generally represent the park with one simple image or icon. At Chickasaw National Recreation Area, it all begins with the water.
My own suggestions for the artisans of the U.S. Mint (if they are listening), in no particular order, would be:
What park related image would you choose?
Did You Know?
In addition to a bison herd, from 1920-1934, Platt National Park [the present-day Platt Historic District of Chickasaw National Recreation Area] was host to a small herd of elk. In 1934 most of the elk were slaughtered and fed to families needing relief from the Great Depression. More...