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Sinks Canyon State Park Program Examines Everything Big Horn Sheep

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Enjoy an evening program devoted to everything Big Horn Sheep, July 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sinks Canyon State Park Sawmill Shelter. This is a free event.

Sinks Canyon State Park and the National Bighorn Sheep Center provides an opportunity to learn about bighorn basics and their relationship to Sinks Canyon.

See and touch a real bighorn sheep skull and skin!

For more information, please call 307-332-3077.

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Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

 

Biologist to Discuss Fisheries Management at BBSP Presentation

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Jason Burckhardt, a Game and Fish Department biologist, presents a program on the management of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir and North Fork Shoshone River fisheries, July 30, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The presentation will take place at the Buffalo Bill State Park Shreve Lodge.

Burckhardt will talk about management of these two high profile fisheries (trout and walleye) and discuss the recent research the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has been conducting in collaboration with other researchers.

He's been a fisheries biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Cody for the past 17 years and these two fisheries have been some of his primary management responsibilities.

Burckhardt has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Truman State University (Missouri) and a Master’s Degree in Zoology and Physiology with an emphasis in Fisheries from the University of Wyoming.

Contact Buffalo Bill State Park at 307-587-9227 for additional information.

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2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
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Registration Underway for Buffalo Bill State Park Youth Fishing Derby

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Registration is underway for the Buffalo Bill State Park Youth Fishing Derby scheduled for August 10.

Kids one to 13 are invited to participate in this fun and free event. Registration forms are available at the fee booth and park office until August 10. Your registration is your free entry onto the park.

Fishing begins at 8 a.m. lasting until 4 p.m. when the anglers and their parents are invited to meet at the Sheep Mountain Day Use Area for prizes and refreshments.

A fish mount drawing from Canyon Fish Taxidermy will be held for game fish only. Do not gut, place fish on ice to enter drawing.

Fishing event boundaries are Buffalo Bill Reservoir and surrounding areas. This event is not a competition for length or numbers; fun only.

Other sponsors of the event are Pepsi of Powell, Y-Tex, Whitlock Motors, North Platte Walleye Unlimited, Big Horn Food Services, Bomgaars, Dairy Queen, Park County Library, Big Horn Basin Boat Club, Park County S&R, Treasured Memories, Park County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Game and Fish, Shoshone Back Country Horsemen, Majestic Lube-Cody, Wyoming Women on the Fly and Pawnee Irrigation.

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2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

 

Buffalo Bill State Park Host Plein Air Paint Out Event

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Enjoy watching art as it happens when a diverse group of artists paint, sketch and sculpt the scenic mountain ranges surrounding the reservoir at Buffalo Bill State Park, July 27, from 2 – 5 p.m.

The Buffalo Bill / Cody Country Art League Plein Air Paint Out will showcase the talents of the Cody Country Art League at the Sheep Mountain Day Use area.

The event will also include Free instruction to everyone wishing to learn the basics of outdoor painting.

Additionally, at 2 p.m., children – five to 12 years of age can learn the basics of painting nature and the outdoors from children's art instructor Paige Bacon. Supplies are included.

At 2:30 p.m., art instructor Ron Rogers will discuss the basics of Plein Air painting including necessary supplies and equipment to teens and adults. Bring any art supplies you may want to use, i.e. easels, oils, brushes. Basic supplies will be provided.

All art created during the event will be exhibited and available for sale at the Cody Country Art League, August 30 through September 15.

For more information: Cody Country Art League 836 Sheridan Avenue Cody, WY 82414 307-587-3597 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.codycountryartleague.com

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2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
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Guernsey State Park Hosts Family Fun Day on Saturday

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Contact: Todd Stevenson, 307-836-2334

No water, no problem. Guernsey State Park and the Tri-City Parks and Recreation District host a Family Fun Day at Sandy Beach.

The Fun in the Sun begins at 3 p.m., July 20 and features an afternoon of sand volleyball, Bocce ball, Spike ball, corn hole and badminton.

At dusk. Disney’s “Planes: Fire and Rescue” will be shown. Water will be provided throughout the day along with popcorn and cotton candy during the movie. Those in attendance will also be eligible for a few giveaways.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own bug spray, snacks, drinks (coolers are welcome), chairs and beach blankets.

As always, park daily permits will be required on all. Park rules such as no glass containers and no dogs on the beach will be enforced.

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Biologist Joe Flower Featured Speaker at Sinks Canyon State Park

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Contact: Amanda Atkinson, 307-332-6333

Have you ever wondered what a biologist does?

Joe Flower, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, provides a glimpse into his world during the Sinks Canyon Summer Speaker Series July 27, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Sawmill Campground.

Flower is a U.S. Forest service employee with a passion for public service and five years of experience advancing science-based natural resource management on an incredible network of public lands. He is currently serving as the acting south zone wildlife biologist on the Shoshone National Forest.

This is the final installment this season of the highly popular Sinks Canyon State Park Summer Speaker Series.

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Sinks State Park History Presentation Features Long-Time Resident

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Ever wonder what Lander and the Sinks Canyon State Park area looked like 100 years ago? Learn about an extensive history of the area, July 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sawmill Campground.

Jack States, whose family homesteaded the mouth of Sink Canyon knows. A member of the oldest family left in the area, States knows a rich history of what Sinks was like from 1,000 years ago, to 100 years ago to 20 years ago.

There have been incredible changes and some that the public may not realize. Enjoy a presentation by this long-time area resident. This is a free event.

    

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2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
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Biologist John Mionczynski Presentation Explores South Pass City's Altoris Gulch

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Join biologist John Mionczynski as he explores South Pass City’s Altoris Gulch during “In a Gulch with John M.” July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Mionczynski is one of the most respected biologists & naturalists in the Rocky Mountain Region. He has extensively studied Big Horn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Grizzly Bear & Native American use of medicinal plants.

This year John will explore Altoris Gulch, a remote corner of South Pass City State Historic Site full of Aspen, songbirds, & other surprises.

Altoris Gulch is just one of the beautiful locations on South Pass City’s new trail system, and is among the first spots explored by prospectors in 1867. The gulch may take its name for Altoris, California.

Mionczynski will guide a two-hour walk through the flora & fauna and answer your questions.

This event is limited to 25 people. Reservations are recommended. Call 307-332-3684 for more information.

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2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
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Bozeman Trail Symposium and Tour, August 4th

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Contact Misty Stoll at 307-684-7629 or JoAnne Puckett, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. website: www.fortphilkearny.com

Three distinguished speakers at Kearney Hall followed by tour of significant but lesser known battle sites. Event begins at Kearney Community Hall, 4444 Hwy 87, Banner, WY

Speakers: 9:00am - 11:45am  (speaking event is free)

Box Lunch: 12noon - $10 per person

Bus Tour: 1:00pm - 5:30pm - $30 per person  (limited to 50 people)

ALL Events - Speakers - Lunch - Bus Tour:  $40 per person

This event is by reservation only please. Go to www.fortphilkearny to reserve or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Speaking event and lunch will be at Kearney Community Hall, 4444 Hwy 87, Banner (just about a mile from Fort Phil Kearny) - the bus will leave from Kearney Community Hall.

Three speakers include authors John Hart (Bluecoat and Pioneer; The Recollections of John Benton Hart, 1864–1868 By John Benton Hart, Edited by John Hart) and John Russell (Treasure State Tycoon: Nelson Story and the Making of Montana), and local Historian Sonny Reisch.

The guided bus tour, with historians Bob Wilson and Sonny Reisch, will be limited to 50 people in an air-conditioned comfort bus with snack and beverage. There are restrooms on board. The tour will be of the Tillotson Fight, Dec. 6th Fight, French Pete Site, Shurly Fight, Sawyers Expedition and Fight, and Battle of Tongue River.

About the speakers:

John Hart is the author of sixteen books. Born in California, completing his ancestors’ westward drift, he explored eastern roots while at Princeton (BA 1970), but left the beckoning academic track to become a freelance writer. His topics have included Western water policy, farmland preservation, and wilderness travel; he is also a poet, with a collection, The Climbers, in the Pitt Poetry Series. He hopes to make it up Cloud Peak this trip!

John C. Russell was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1978. He has worked as a broadcast reporter in television and radio, and most recently as director of the Gallatin (County) Historical Society. John has written several historical articles, one published in Wild West Magazine. He and his wife Peggy live in Bozeman. This is his first book.

Sheridan native Sonny Reisch attended Casper College and then the University of Wyoming where he earned his degree in history. He served as Superintendent, Historian, and Curator at Fort Phil Kearny for 25 years. Life experiences gave Sonny the opportunity to know Dr. Joe Medicine Crow of the Crow tribe, Ted Risingsun and John Wooden Leg of the Cheyenne, Jack McDermott, and many other highly respected individuals. As a professional historian, Sonny has published numerous articles on the Bozeman Trail, the Forts, and Indian Wars that are hailed as valuable and accurate resources, and has left a treasury of research on the history of the Bozeman Trail and FPK sites, and continues today.

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