National Junior Ranger Day will be observed Saturday at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

Dan Winnings, CNRA spokesperson, explained that the Junior Ranger program engages young people in age-appropriate activities that allow them to discover the significance of a specific site and introduce them to the national park system and to the mission of the National Park Service.

Youth are invited to join rangers at 11 a.m. in the Travertine Nature Center to explore “Where the Water Comes From.” Junior rangers will experiment with different types of rocks while learning which ones help make the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer possible, discover why Buffalo and Antelope Springs can go dry, and build their very own aquifer with springs.

No reservations are required. A parent or guardian is asked to attend with each participating junior ranger. Each child receives a junior ranger booklet, badge, patch and a certificate at the end of the program when they are sworn in as junior rangers.

The event is in conjunction with National Park Week, an annual presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of the country’s nearly 400 national park areas.

As an added bonus, the park’s WNPA bookstore will offer a 15 percent discount on all store merchandise during National Park Week.

To ask questions about Junior Ranger Day, call the Travertine Nature Center at (580) 622-7234.

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