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South Pass City Begins English Tunnel Tours

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Contact: Joe Ellis, 307-332-3684

 

Modern-day visitors can follow in the footsteps of a miner from 1868 while exploring the English Tunnel during tours at South Pass City each Saturday at 11 a.m. June through August.

The tunnel, named for its English financial backers, is one of the state’s earliest mining features.

The 300-foot horizontal tunnel was cut into the living rock in hopes of intersecting the vein of quartz that fed the nearby Carissa Mine. However, the expected vein of gold was never found and the tunnel was abandoned.

Time and the elements covered the tunnel leaving traces of the hard work of miners undisturbed for 150 years.

Today, visitors will find traces left by the mine workers, like the candles they used to light the tunnel.  The tour includes a one-mile hike and candle tour of a real mine.

english-tunnelReservation for the tours are required and can be made at https://www.southpasscity.com/tours or calling 307-332-3684.

The South Pass City State Historic Site includes the Carissa Mine and 29 original town buildings people can tour. The historic site spans 389 acres with nearly five miles of interpretive trails. 

 

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Glendo State Park to Host Boater Safety Event

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Contact: Brian Johnson, 307-735-4433

 

Summer brings boating season and as a part of that, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will host a boater safety course at the Glendo State Park Whiskey Gulch picnic shelter, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Every year, park law enforcement and game wardens contact visitors about a wide array of safety and legal issues regarding boating on the reservoir. Through these interactions, they have found that many of the guests - especially those new to boating recreation - have questions about how to boat safely and legally.

Both Glendo State Park staff and Game Wardens are very interested in educating the public so that boaters can enjoy their trip, and so that all people can stay safe during their visit to Glendo State Park.

Towards that end, Game and Fish has coordinated with park staff to plan a boating safety education program, which will include a presentation on boating regulations and a Q&A session.

Attboater-safetyendees will also learn about the inauguration of the lifejacket loaner program at the park this summer. This program is accessible to all ages, and boaters of all experience levels are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meet wardens and park staff, and learn more about safe and legal boating at Glendo State Park.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

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Sinks Canyon State Park to Celebrate Get Outdoors Day

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Contact: Amanda Atkinson, 307-332-6333

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day and learn about healthy, active outdoor fun at Sinks Canyon State Park, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

National Get Outdoors Day is an initiative that offers opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Additionally, participating partners attempt to bring first-time visitors to public lands and reconnect our youth to the great outdoors.

Sinks Canyon State Park will feature a PlayCleanGo Booth set up at the Visitor Center to educate visitors on how to stop the spread of invasive species.

Sinks Canyon State Park is located off Hwy 131, six miles southwest of Lander.

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South Pass City Plans Carissa Mine Tours This Summer

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A unique Summer series of tours of the South Pass City Carissa Mine begins May 25 lasting until September 2, with additional tours on Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Contact: South Pass City, 307-332-3684

A unique Summer series of tours of the South Pass City Carissa Mine begins May 25 lasting until September 2, with additional tours on Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Held weekly Thursday through Sunday, the tours last from 2 to 4 p.m.

Where else can you see the pits & shafts where miners labored, then follow the transformation of the ugly grey rock to a gold bar!

south-pass-mine-tour-2015The Carissa is a fascinating & authentic experience for the mining enthusiasts or for anyone interested in history. This is a guided tour is included with admission to South Pass City State Historic Site.

Reservations are highly recommended. Please visit https://www.southpasscity.com/tours for reservations or call 307-332-3684.

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State Parks Prepares for Electric Bicycle Trail Allowance

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With the growing popularity of electric bicycles nationwide there soon became a quandary regarding whether or not E-bikes should be allowed on trails designated as non-motorized.

 

With the help of some impassioned bicycle shop owners, like Patrick Collins for the Bicycle Station, and the bill sponsor State Senator Tara Nethercott, The Wyoming State Legislature passed  SF81, allowing for the use of correctly labeled E-bikes on state trails and roadways. The bill, signed into law by Gov. Mark Gordon, goes into effect July 1.

 

With the Passage of the E-bike legislation Wyoming State Parks wanted to take the lead and is currently working on rules that will allow the Type-1 E-bikes on our non-motorized trails.  We are also piloting an experiment to look at the effects of Type 2 on our trails and hope that if there are no effects we will be able to allow Type 2s as well. During this upcoming season while we work on official  rules our parks will allow the Type 1 E-bike usage on our non-motorized trails.

 

In research from the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office, E-bike sales and manufacturing have been climbing exponentially over the last few years.  “E-bikes allow people who may not normally be able to enjoy trails for whatever physical reason the chance to get into our beautiful parks,” said Domenic Bravo Administrator for Wyoming State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Office “we look forward to seeing you on the trail”

 

According to the legislation, electric bicycles may be operated where “bicycles are permitted to travel…” with the following exceptions:

Class 1 or Class 2 electric bicycles may be operated on bicycle or multi-use paths where bicycles are allowed unless otherwise stated by the local authority or state agency with jurisdiction over the specific path or trail.

Class 3 electric bicycles shall not be operated on a bicycle or multi-use path unless it is adjacent to a highway or roadway or a local authority or state agency allows that operation.

Persons interested in purchasing an electric bicycle should discuss how and where they intend to use the E-bike with their dealer, who can either provide insight into where the particular bike can and can’t be used or who to contact to get a clarification.

 

Electric Bicycle definitions

Class 1 – electric bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 miles an hour.

Class 2 – electric bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used to propel the bicycle without pedaling and is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 miles an hour.

Class 3 – electric bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 28 miles an hour.

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Wyo Parks, Game and Fish Partner for "Free Fishing Day"

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Contact: Wyoming State Park, 307-777-6323

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In conjunction with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s  "Free Fishing Day", on June 1, daily use fees are waived at all parks/recreation areas that provide angling.  

Wyo Parks locations offering free entrance are Boysen, Buffalo Bill, Curt Gowdy, Edness K. Wilkins, Fort Phil Kearny, Glendo, Guernsey, Keyhole, Seminoe and Hawk Springs.  Camping fees are not waived. 

Free-Fishing-Day-2019Fishing opportunities also exist at the following sites, which offer free entrance year-round; Bear River, Hot Springs, Medicine Lodge, and Sinks Canyon. 

Free Fishing Day is offered annually by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and involves lakes and reservoirs throughout the state.

 

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Wyoming BioBlitz Scheduled June 7-9

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WYOMING BIOBLITZ 2019

Registration is now open for this unique Wyoming event.

Evanston, Wyo. – Discover a hidden Wyoming gem, survey wildlife, and have a blast! The Wyoming BioBlitz is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for families, students, and all nature-lovers. This year held June 7-9 at Bear River State Park located near Evanston. The event is free and open to the public and registration will close on May 25th.

A BioBlitz is a 24 hour period in which the public team ups with biologists to search for and document as many plants, animals and insects as they can find within a certain location. In addition to contributing to science, the BioBlitz provides a hands-on opportunity to learn from experts. Participants will meet local scientists and learn how they study their subjects. Teachers will also receive two Professional Standards Teaching Board (PTSB) credits for participating. Participants need no experience to participate in surveys, which will include birds, amphibians, plants, and more.

In addition to searching for and tracking organisms, the BioBlitz offers a strong educational component. People of all ages learn how local scientists conduct their research and gain understanding of their subjects. Biologists leading the activity (such as bird mist-netting or amphibian catching) describe the natural history, life cycle, identification and other fun facts about plants and animals they find. The event is highly hands-on with a diversity of activities and topics.

Participants of all ages and interests are welcome.  Registration for the 2019 BioBlitz is required. The event is free, though space is limited.  Learn more at http://rockies.audubon.org/bioblitz

The event is organized by the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute, Audubon Rockies, Wyoming State Parks, The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

About Audubon Rockies

Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon Rockies is the regional office of the National Audubon Society serving Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah with science, education, and policy. Learn more at www.rockies.audubon.org.

About the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute

The UW Biodiversity Institute fosters conservation of biodiversity through scientific discovery, creative dissemination, education and public engagement. In this setting, scientists and citizens, students and educators, come together to share a wealth of perspectives on the study and appreciation of biodiversity – from microbes to poetry and ecosystems to economics.  Learn more at www.wyomingbiodiversity.org.

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. In Wyoming, we are conserving lands, waters, wildlife and the Wyoming way of life. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visitwww.nature.org/wyoming.

About Wyoming State Parks

Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails protect and enhance the natural and cultural environment by providing enjoyable, educational and inspiring experiences for present and future generations.

About the Bear River State Park

Bear River State Park is a day use only park comprised of 324 acres. It is home to small herds of bison and elk and boasts several miles of both paved and packed gravel trails. The Bear River State Park Visitor Center is home to numerous wildlife displays that showcase Wyoming’s impressive array of wildlife. It also provides visitors with State of Wyoming tourism information.

Contacts:

Jacelyn Downey
Project Coordinator
Audubon Rockies
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307-756-3941

 

Bebe Crouse

The Nature Conservancy

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406-579-8559

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Medicine Lodge Hosts Stream Restoration Project Tour

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Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site hosts a tour and explanation of the stream restoration project completed in 2017.

This free tour is from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., May 25.

During the tour, participants will learn about sediment dispersal, aquatic habitat and the features constructed in the creek to provide for the resources. Participants are encouraged to wear muck boots, or similar style, as we will be walking along the banks of the creek and will encounter wet conditions.

For more information, please call 307-469-2234. Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site is located off Hwy 31, six miles northeast of Hyattville.

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Glendo State Park Hosts Youth Archery Day, May 18

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Glendo State Park celebrates the opening of its newest amenity, a new archery range, with a Youth Archery Day, May 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is to introduce youth to the sport of archery. 

During the event, 4-H instructors will present a one-hour lesson on archery basics. Eighteen youth compound bows, arrows, and arm guards will be provided for use.  After the lesson, families will be able to use park equipment to explore the 3-D course and continue shooting at the range as long as they like. This event is ideal for kids ages eight and older while parents are encouraged to join their kids on the adventure.

Glendo State Park, in partnership with Converse County Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife has been working to construct the new Archery Range consisting of a six static targets ranging in distances from 10 to 60 yards away. 

The static range is a great place to practice prior to heading out to the 3D portion of the range.  The 3D range is designed to simulate hunting situations and follows the International Bowhunting Organization’s standards. 

On the 3D range the mile long trail features 20 life-size targets simulating animals found in the Rocky Mountain Region, as well as a few others such as the Wyoming Jackalope, Sasquatch and even a Velociraptor.  

Park Superintendent, Brian Johnson, stated that “the range opened late last summer. While there are still some improvements to happen this summer, the range has been a great addition to the park.” 

GLarchery-day-2019Converse County Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife donated the targets, supplies for the range and also made a donation that allowed the park to acquire 18 youth bows, arrows, and other archery accessories. Other Sponsors like Douglas Feed and Rocky Mountain Discount Sports have stepped forward and donated equipment so a youth archery program will be able to happen at the park.

“This could not have happened without the help from Converse County Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife,” Johnson added.

Families are encouraged to bring their own snacks and water.

For more information, please call Glendo State Park at 307-735-4433.

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