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ABOVE: Chickasaw National Recreation Area Superintendent Bill Wright addresses guests at a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 21 celebrating the 50-year history of the Travertine Nature Center in the park.

LEFT: State Senator Frank Simpson addresses guests at the Travertine Nature Center in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Saturday, Sept. 21. The center was holding a rededication ceremony celebrating 50 years of service in educating and inspiring park visitors.

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Nature Center’s Rededication Ceremony Held

Pessimism Of The Late 60’s Leads To Building Of Hidden Gem In Platt National Park

In 1969, the world looked a lot different, and people were afraid. The population was pessimistic about the future of the environment. Fear was fueled by books such as “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson that predicted environmental catastrophes looming from pesticide use.

On September 20, 1969, enter the dedication of a new facility -- the Travertine Nature Center in Platt National Park, Oklahoma. After a year of construction, the nearly 10,000 square foot building was a reflection and celebration of natural beauty in the state’s only National Park.

Fast-forward to last Saturday, Sept. 21, when the National Park Service held a rededication ceremony at the Nature Center, honoring its 50 years as an environmental education facility. The event also reaffirmed the TNC’s mission for the future to continue educating and inspiring more than 70,000 park visitors each year.



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