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Summer Outdoor Slam Celebrates its 10th Year

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(Cheyenne, WY) For the tenth consecutive year, Curt Gowdy State Park will come alive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 2, 2018 with a variety of outdoor activities for kids of all ages during the Summer Outdoor Slam. Admission to Curt Gowdy and all the festivities are free and open to the public.

“This is a special year - we have been providing fun in the outdoors to families for ten years with the Summer Outdoor Slam. This event has been the catalyst to introducing many youth and families to recreational activities they can do in this great State,” Administrator, Domenic Bravo of the Division of State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Office said. “Bring your bike, fishing poles, and hiking shoes and a plan on having a great time with friends and family.”

A part of the Kids in Nature program and Wyoming’s Kids eXtreme initiative, sponsored by Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails, the Summer Outdoor Slam provides exposure to outdoor events that many kids don’t often get to experience. The event is made possible by the Curt Gowdy State Park Family Fund and the Matthew and Virgie O. Dragicevich Wyoming Foundation. Included in the list of activities available during the Slam are biking, hiking, canoeing, archery, a kids play area, Arts and Fun, and vendor booths.slam2018

Additionally, “Wyoming Free Fishing Day,” will be an all-day activity. Please join us in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Summer Outdoor Slam with a full day of fun! Curt Gowdy State Park is located at milepost 23 1/2, Highway 210 (Happy Jack Road). The event will take place at the North Causeway campground.

Photo: Summer Outdoor Slam, Curt Gowdy State Park. Courtesy Wyoming State Parks. 

 

   
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

 

Wyoming State Parks and the Wyoming Department of Health Cancer Program are Collaborating with IMPACT Melanoma and NRPA to #PracticeSafeSkin on National “Don’t Fry Day”

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Wyoming State Parks and the Wyoming Department of Health Cancer Program are Collaborating with IMPACT Melanoma and NRPA to #PracticeSafeSkin on National “Don’t Fry Day”

 

Through the Installation of Bright Guard Sunscreen Dispensers to Aide in Protecting the Community’s Skin While Bolstering Sun Safety Awareness

 

Cheyenne, WY (May 21, 2018) – IMPACT Melanoma, a non-profit aimed at providing education, prevention and support for the most serious form of skin cancer, and an active member of the National Council on Skin Care Prevention, is collaborating with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to saturate the nation in sunscreen this coming “Don’t Fry Day,” an annual awareness initiative occurring on Friday, May 25. In response, the Wyoming Cancer Program, which is part of the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), has teamed up with Wyoming State Parks to provide free sunscreen dispensers for public use at state parks and historic sites across the state.

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Star Jones, outreach and education coordinator with the WDH Wyoming Cancer Program, said “This is a perfect partnership with Wyoming State Parks. We are able to provide free sunscreen to folks recreating outdoors, whom often forget to bring sunscreen or just forget to put it on before starting their day.”

 

The bright yellow dispensers will be located at popular beaches, trail heads and visitor centers as a constant reminder to apply and re-apply,” said Lori Hogan, marketing and development manager for Wyoming State Parks.

 

A recent study from The University of Colorado cited the Practice Safe Skin program as an influencing force behind the proactive decrease in melanoma rates. Melanoma is rising faster than any other cancer with one person every 50 minutes dying from the disease. Studies show that with daily sunscreen protection, the risk of melanoma is preventable.

 

Specially designed Bright Guard dispensers, which are being purchased and installed across the country, are part of Practice Safe Skin, a program that offers sunscreen as an effective preventive measure to help avoid sun over-exposure year-round. Each sunscreen dispenser is equipped with 4 - 1,000 mL pouches of hypoallergenic broad-spectrum SPF-30 sunscreen (available in four different varieties), safe for people aged 6-months and up. Ingredients are printed on the machines upon installation.

 

“We’re so pleased to be working with our friends at NRPA, the Wyoming Cancer Program and Wyoming State Parks to raise sun safe awareness and bring safety measures to parks around the country,” said Deb Girard, executive director of IMPACT Melanoma. “It’s imperative that we team together whenever we can to reduce the risk of skin cancer and melanoma. That starts with educated and effective sun safe practices, and together we can all make a great, positive impact on just that.”

 

“NRPA is proud to collaborate with IMPACT Melanoma on this important initiative,” said Kellie May, NRPA director of health and wellness. “Many people spend time in the sun at their local parks and recreation centers. By making sunscreen accessible at these places we are making a positive difference in the fight against melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.”

 

Photo Credit: Impact Melanoma sponsored Bright Guard sunscreen dispenser

 

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About IMPACT Melanoma

IMPACT is a national non-profit organization dedicated to working to reduce the incidence of melanoma. Committed to skin cancer prevention and early detection, we provide a variety of award-winning programs which aim to raise awareness and educate the public about skin cancer, as well as support services for those struggling with the disease. To get involved visit:http://IMPACTMelanoma.org/practice-safe-skin/, call 1-800-557-6352 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visitwww.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visitwww.parksandrecreation.org.

 

About The National Council

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has been a trusted resource for the nation’s skin cancer prevention community since 1998 providing support, encouragement, and connection to more than 45 organizations, agencies, and associations that are making a real difference in the lives of millions of adults, children, and families throughout the country.

 

   
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

 

Bear River State Park to Hold Viewing of Disney Film "Moana," May 24

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The first of several family friendly movies will be shown at 8 p.m., May 24 at the Rendezvous Area of Bear River State Park in Evanston. A showing of “Moana” will be the first of five movies shown this summer.

Movies rated G or PG will be shown on an inflatable movie screen. Bring a blanket of lawn chair and enjoy a relaxing evening along the banks of the Bear River. The movies will be show weather permitting.

Other movies and dates scheduled at Bear River State park are: June 28, “Finding Nemo;” July 26, “How to Train Your Dragon;” August 23, TBD; and September 27, “Despicable Me.”

For more information, please call Bear River State Park at 307-789-6547.

 

   
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

 

Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office hosts Legislative Forum May 18 in Casper

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Contact Domenic Bravo, 307-777-6324

A Legislative Forum hosted by the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office is scheduledMay 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mormon Trail Room of the Casper Events Center.

Held in conjunction with the Wyoming Outdoor Expo, Casper-area business owners will discuss how Outdoor Recreation in Wyoming relates to their business. Staffers from Wyoming's Congressional Delegation will be in attendance, as will State Legislators.  

The panelists will discuss why they do business in Wyoming, their greatest barriers to expanding and enhancing their business and what advice they would give to the state to recruit other outdoor recreation businesses to the state.

Domenic Bravo, administrator of Wyoming State Parks and the Outdoor Recreation Office will moderate the panels.

Two panels, one scheduled from 1-2 p.m. and the second, from 2-3 p.m. will be held.

The public is invited to listen in on these panel discussions.

 

   
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

 

Families Invited to Register for State Parks Summer Camp Out Event June 1-2

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Registration is currently underway for families interested in a night of free exploration and camping during the Wyoming State Parks Summer Camp Out, June 1-2 at Curt Gowdy State Park.

                Beginning Friday, June 1 at 4 p.m., families will meet at Aspen Grove Trail Head to learn to camp and have the opportunity to participate in many other activities, including a night sky program!

Tents, sleeping bags and other camping gear will be provided for the campout with up to four family members in one tent.  Children ages four and older are welcome.  Dinner and breakfast will be provided.

Then on Saturday, June 2, families will have an opportunity to further explore the great outdoors by participating in the Tenth annual Summer Outdoor Slam beginning at 10 a.m.!

Outdoor activities include:

·         Free Fishing Day

·         Canoeing

·         Archery

·         Wildlife Identification

·         WY Outside Challenge and More!

Register your family today! Space is limited and registrations are required.

Contact Dan Bach at 307-777-6314 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   
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

 

State Parks Hosts "Free Fishing Day," June 2

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In conjunction with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s  "Free Fishing Day", on June 2, 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. 

Fishing 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.

 

   
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

 

Wyoming State Parks Celebrates "Every Kid in a Park" for Third Straight Year

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For the third year, Wyoming State Parks is partnering with state and federal partners in celebration of a program instituted in 2016 during the National Park Service’s 100th year anniversary. As part of this effort, Wyo Parks will sponsor and promote “Every Kid in a Park”.

The “Every Kid in a Park” program provides every 4th grader nationwide the opportunity to obtain a pass that grants the student and their family free admission to more than 2,000 federally managed lands including national parks, monuments, forests, wildlife refuges and more.

Fourth graders, as well as parents and educators, can get passes by visiting the program’s website at: www.everykidinapark.gov

As a complement to the federal program, Wyo Parks will honor the “Every Kid in a Park” passes through August 31, 2018. Passes are good for free entrance/day use at any Wyoming state parks, historic sites, or recreation areas. 

Additional information and guidelines for use of the passes at Wyo Parks facilities is available online at: http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/index.php/every-kid-in-a-park

For more information, contact Wyo Parks Headquarters at 307-777-6323.

 

   
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

 

Quebec 01 Missile Alert Facility Ready to Launch as a State Historic Site With New Logo - Chosen by the Public

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Quebec 01 Missile Alert Facility Ready to Launch as a State Historic Site With New Logo - Chosen by the Public

 

The Quebec 01 Missile Alert Facility, north of Cheyenne, will be turned over to the State of Wyoming to be operated as a State Historic Site this summer thanks to the National Defense Authorization Act that was signed by President Donald Trump in December 2017 and the efforts of F. E. Warren Air Force Base.

In preparation, Wyoming State Parks has developed several logo concepts and is seeking the public’s help in choosing the final logo design. Visitors and residents are encouraged to go on Facebook and vote for their favorite design. Voting will run April 1- May 1.

            Christina Bird, Superintendent of Quebec 01 explains, “The logo is part of an overall branding strategy that highlights the uniqueness of each state park and historic site by including a symbol or landmark that is representative of the site. In the case of Quebec 01, the capsule blast door artwork of the Jolly Roger was chosen as the symbol. Whether or not the logo design includes missiles will be up to the public.”                       

In 1962, Quebec 01 was constructed as a Minuteman I Launch Control site. In 1986, it was converted to a Peacekeeper site. Quebec 01 Missile Alert Facility (MAF) was part of five flights of Peacekeeper Missile Alert Facilities in the 400th Missile Squadron, each controlling ten nuclear missiles, with each missile outfitted with ten nuclear warheads.  

F. E. Warren Air Force Base was the only base in the world that deployed Peacekeeper missiles, known as the most advanced and destructive Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System ever built by the United States.  

The Peacekeeper system was decommissioned in 2005 to meet Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT) limits on operationally deployed warheads.  The last Peacekeeper was removed from alert on September 19, 2005, and the 400th Missile Squadron was deactivated.

It is through the efforts of the Wyoming State Legislature and Gov. Matt Mead that the Quebec 01 State Historic Site is possible.

Wyoming State Parks encourages the public to follow and watch for updates on construction, fees and hours, and even contribute to the exhibit with stories and memories. Progress will be updated at wyoparks.org and Facebook.

 

   
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

 

Historic Governors' Mansion Egg Hunt Scheduled March 31

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Children ages 2-4 are invited to the Eighth Annual Egg Hunt at the Historic Governors’ Mansion!

Join us on Saturday, March 31, at 9 am for an Egg Hunt on the grounds of the Historic Governors’ Mansion. 

More than 1,300 eggs are “hidden” on the grounds of the Mansion for children to gather. Each egg is stuffed with a fun educational fact about the history of the Mansion and our First Families, as well as treats galore! 

Get here early as this event is free and the eggs go fast.  This event is weather dependent. 

Ribbons cut at 9 am sharp.  This is a Wyoming Kids eXtreme event.  Call 777-7878 for more information.  The Historic Governor’s Mansion is located at 300 E. 21st Street in Cheyenne.

 

   
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

 

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