By Maggie Harris
Junior Rangers and community members were able to explore Oakland Plantation at Saturday’s Cane River Find Your Park Festival, April 21. Stations were located around the park grounds, including a station with the Natchitoches Parish Library Book Mobile, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and the Cane River Waterway Commission. A popular attraction was the petting zoo, at which attendees could pet bunnies and baby goats. Other stations offered historic and Earth Day themed activities. The older children and adults gathered information on local treasures such as Kisatchie National Forest, and the Louisiana Folklife Center. As part of National Junior Ranger Day, aspiring Junior Rangers were given a station sheet to fill out to receive a badge and a special reward. Cane River Find Your Park Festival was a part of National Park Week, a week of appreciation and celebration of America’s national parks. This festival was organized by the Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that manages the congressionally designated Cane River National Heritage Area.