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Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 580-622-7282
Chickasaw National Recreation Area Superintendent Bruce Noble is pleased to announce the 2011 season for the Trails & Rails program aboard Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer. Trails & Rails is a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and Amtrak to provide on-board education programs to train passengers. The program is coordinated through the Volunteer-In-Parks Program at Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Oklahoma.
NPS volunteers provide train passengers with information about national parks while aboard the Heartland Flyer. Through a series of narratives as the train moves south through the scenic Arbuckle Mountain area, passengers will be introduced to the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Oklahoma and Texas; the history of the area; the geological story of the Arbuckle Mountains area; descriptions of the Oklahoma and Texas landscape and its animals and plants; the economic story; and the role of the railroad in this region. Uniformed NPS volunteers board the Heartland Flyer in Norman, Oklahoma and are available for informatino and questions along the route to Fort Worth, Texas and return.
The following dates have been set for the Trails & Rails 2011 season:
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Reservations for the Heartland Flyer can be made by visiting www.amtrak.com or calling toll-free 1-800-USA-RAIL (872-7245). For information about the park’s Trails & Rails program visit www.nps.gov/chic/planyourvisit/trails-and-rails-program.htm