Wyoming Territorial Prison Hosts Spring Exploration Event

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Kids of all ages can learn about ecology and protecting our environment during the Wyoming Territorial Prison Spring Exploration event, April 27 from noon to 4 p.m.

This free event examines our environment while inspiring learning and stewardship.

Learn about birds, bees, butterflies, bugs, blooms and more. All of our plants and animals have value in themselves and is a part of the web of life. Our lives and theirs are linked together inextricably and without them, our own species might not survive.

Partners in education this year are:  Rocky Mountain Raptors, A Bee Friendly Company, Wyoming Game & Fish, UW Conservatory, UW Extension Entomology, Bureau of Land Management, UW Biodiversity Institute, Wyoming Territorial Park Historic Association, and Wyoming Outdoor Recreation.

Join in exploring and engaging the natural world while enjoying many unique, hands-on activities.  The event will be held Rain or Shine. Come play outside!

The Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site is located at 975 Snowy Range Rd, in Laramie or call 307-745-3733 for more information.

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Fort Phil Kearny Hosts Walk Through 10,000 Years of History

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Walk back through 10,000 years of human history with Archaeologist Cody Newton, Ph.D. at Fort Phil Kearny, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Walking Back 10,000 Years of Human History on the Western Great Plains and Middle Rocky Mountains” is a talk and walk led by Dr. Newton through Fort Kearny State Historic Site.

Dr. Newton studied the archaeology of the western Great Plains and middle Rocky Mountains. His dissertation research focused on the early contact period and the development of Plains Indian equestrianism. Other research foci include Paleoindian studies, early European exploration and settlement, the historic bison robe trade, and the Plains Indian Wars.

This event is also an introduction of Fort Phil Kearny’s 4.2 mile Walking Path. Guests can choose either a gentle walk or continue on to a more rigorous walk to Pilot Knob. Refreshments will be served after the walk.

Participants are asked to meet at Fort Phil Kearny at 10 a.m. This is a free event.

Fort Phil Kearny is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd, near Banner. Call 307-684-7629 for more information.

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Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Calendar Launched

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 An event calendar providing information for a variety of outdoor recreation events has been developed by the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office.

This one-stop shop is available to event organizers throughout the state to provide information for outdoor events and competitions ranging from fishing, hunting, bike racing, running, shooting and many others. Anything taking place outdoors can be listed on this new calendar.

To have an event listed, event organizers are encouraged to send their information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 307-777-7698. Information can also be sent to SPCR-PIO, 2301 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyo., 82002.

Please include: name of outdoor event; start date and end date; times for each day; location address or description of location; additional information such as website, Facebook listing, costs, rules, registration information, contact person and phone number; and flyers, logos, etc. if available.

The calendar can be found on the following website: http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/WYOOutdoorRecreation/index.php/events/events

 

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Big Horn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative to Meet Saturday

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The Big Horn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative is scheduled to meet Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Worland Community Center Complex. 

The Collaborative continues to explore ways to promote outdoor recreation, develop new recreation opportunities, and create a plan to enhance the Big Horn Basin's recreation-based economy and quality of life.

The Collaborative consists of citizens, local, state and federal government stakeholders, business owners, and outdoor recreation interest groups.  The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office and Wyoming State Parks are facilitating the discussions and helping to inform members of potential funding resources to support their initiatives.  

The meeting is open to the public and comment is welcomed at 12:15 p.m.  For more information contact Brooks Jordan at 307-431-9921 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sinks Canyon Master Plan: Public Input Wanted for the "Love Sinks" Workshop

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Wyoming State Parks is seeking public input on a Master Plan for Sinks Canyon State Park in Lander, WY. The first public workshop will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 5PM-8PM at the Fremont County Library, Carnegie Room 451 N 2nd Street, Lander, WY. The “Love Sinks” Workshop will include discussion on existing activities, opportunities within the park and stewardship and development concerns. It will also include activities for adults and children including custom stickers and temporary tattoos, children’s area, photo booth, and mapping and visioning input opportunities. This workshop is anything but your typical public meeting.

The Sinks Canyon State Park Master Plan project will result in a 20-year plan for the Park, directing future improvements and guiding continued management of the park as a major recreational asset for Wyoming. The process is structured in four phases that will unfold over the next year, including a number of public engagement opportunities.

State Parks needs your input to make this plan successful and ensure it aligns with the vision from the community and stakeholders like you!

Love-Sinks-BadgeFor more information and to stay up to date with the project, please visit: http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/index.php/sinks-canyon-master-plan

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

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Keyhole State Park Experiencing Minor Flooding

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Recreation at Keyhole State Park is expected to remain close to normal despite current high water levels that have affected the Wind Creek and Pat’s Point campgrounds.

Currently, 13 camp sites at Wind Creek Campground and five at Pat’s Point are not accessible and two camp sites in Pat's Point are not usable. However, approximately 160 remaining camp sites on the park are still useable. In addition to high water levels, the reservoir is also still frozen over.  

 In addition to high water levels, the reservoir is also still frozen over. 

According to information provided by the Bureau of Reclamation, current reservoir elevation is at 4,101.67 with inflows at approximately 1,300 cubic feet per second due to snowmelt upstream of the reservoir.

The National keyhole-flooding-3-28-2019Weather Service forecast is for a chance of rain/snow showers this Thursday and Friday (0.2 inches precip).  The daytime temperatures will be in the 40s thru the weekend with overnight temperatures below freezing.  Snowmelt is expected to continue and contribute to inflows, so the reservoir elevation and releases are expected to rise over the next couple days. 

Keyhole will increase the release out of the outlet works today to approx. 315 cfs, along with approx. 220 cfs out of the spillway for a total release of approx. 535 cfs.  The Bureau of Reclamation has coordinated with the Corp of Engineers, and continues to increase releases through the outlet works as flood waters on the Belle Fourche River subside.

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

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Wyoming State Parks to Support Every Kid in a Park Program This Year

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For the fourth year, Wyo Parks is partnering with state and federal partners to support and promote the “Every Kid in a Park” program. 

This program provides every fourth 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

kids-in-a-park-2019As a complement to the federal program, Wyo Parks will honor the “Every Kid in a Park” passes through August 31.  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.

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Historic Governors' Mansion Egg Hunt scheduled April 20

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The Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion hosts the Ninth Annual Egg Hunt April 20 beginning at 9 a.m.

For children ages 2-4, the Egg Hunt features more than 1,200 eggs “hidden” on the Mansion grounds. Each egg is stuffed with a fun educational fact about the history of the MansioHGM2013-Egg-Huntn and Wyoming’s First Families as well as treats galore.

Children and their parents are encouraged to arrive early as the event is free and the eggs go fast. Ribbons are cut at 9 a.m. sharp.

The event is weather dependent. Please call the Historic Governors’ Mansion at 307-777-7878 for more information.

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Wyoming State Parks Supported Public Land Bill Passes

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Legacy Public Land Bill Passes

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The U.S. House recently passed the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), including the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

This Act ensures the enhancement of recreational opportunities in Wyoming through continued federal funding.

“The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources has been working with our congressional delegation for more than ten years on this process to ensure equal funding would come back to the states and to make certain this vital program would continue.” said Domenic Bravo, Administrator for WY State Parks and the Outdoor Recreation Office.  “The passage of this bill will provide much needed funding for construction and maintenance of outdoor recreation facilities statewide and improved access for the public across the board.”

This legislation provides many improvement opportunities for sportsmen, the shooting sport industry, and conservation, while not harming our very important energy extraction industry and agricultural industries.  It is monumental having this protection for wildlife corridors, clean water, public land access, and the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars that flow into our local economies.  

Since 1965, the LWCF has redirected $3.9 billion in oil and gas leasing royalties to fund more than 40,000 projects across the country, according to the Department of the Interior. More than $70 million (including match) has been spent across Wyoming from the LWCF-state assistance program.  This has built ballparks, playgrounds, swimming pools, greenways and so much more across our great state.

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