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Press Release

Release Date: March 16, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • A young Yaakni’ Appisachi’ explorer is dressed to trek with a pair of sneakers and jeans. Upcoming environmental classes, open to the public at no charge, are planned for March 20 and 22 as well as April 4 and 5.

  • Guides and students hike their way through trails during the Yaakni’ Appisachi’ environmental education class.

ADA, Okla. -- To prepare the next generation to be good stewards of the land, the Chickasaw Nation will host outdoor environmental education classes for youth 8 a.m. to 5 p.m March 20 and 22 as well as April 4 and 5.

These Yaakni' Apiisachi (Caretakers of the Land) day hikes are open to the public at no charge, available to students age 13-16 with a Chickasaw preference.

Young explorers and their guides will take trips to local hiking and backpacking trails like Turner Falls and the Chickasaw National Park to gain a better understanding of environmental protection.

Hike leaders will demonstrate skills to reduce environmental impacts, maintain healthy parks and sustain trails. Lunch will be provided.

At the end of the adventure, in line with their lessons, the group will leave no trace by cleaning up and trekking out.

Group size is limited so registration is required. For more information, or to register, contact Chickasaw Nation Environmental Services, 580-272-5400.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016