The Chickasaw Nation provides great opportunities to enjoy the last days of summer and prepare for the transition back to the school year. Make a trip to the Chickasaw Community Gardens in Sulphur, where you can tour the beautiful landscapes and learn about traditional methods for harvesting food, medicine and tools. The striking Spiral Garden showcases the shape that connotes long life in Chickasaw tradition, while the adjoining Three Sisters Garden demonstrates the balance created by the three Chickasaw staples: corn, beans and squash. Since it is never too early to acquire healthy eating habits, the Chickasaw Nation's Farm to School Program focuses on introducing children to fruits and vegetables and encouraging them to try growing food at home. The program also pairs farmers with cafeterias, providing fresh local produce for school lunches. For parents who need quality childcare after school, the Chickasaw Nation's School-Age Program offers after-school care for kids between the ages of 4 and 12. The program also features care during school breaks, including the summer, and winter bad-weather days. Parents can have the peace of mind that their children will enjoy a full day of learning and exercise. To find out more about facilities, programs and application deadlines, visit www.Chickasaw.net. And don’t forget that Chickasaw Country is ideal for a late-summer weekend getaway! For destination information, visit www.AdventureRoad.com.