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Fort Bridger to Host Treaty of 1868 Commemoration on July 3

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Contact: Chris Floyd, 307-782-3842

Fort Bridger State Historic Site is partnering with members of the Eastern Shoshone and Shoshone-Bannock tribal nations to host a commemoration of the Treaty of 1868 on its 151st anniversary.  The public is invited to attend this free event.

Activities will begin at sunrise on July 3, with a traditional Native prayer ceremony and singing, followed by a reading of the treaty in three languages: Shoshone, Bannock, and English.

"It is important that we recognize the anniversary of the Treaty of 1868 each year, because it continues to influence events in Wyoming and Idaho today," said Chris Floyd, District Manager for Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails.  “For example, the treaty made the news recently as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision involving tribal hunting rights on federal lands.”

As the construction of the transcontinental railroad moved farther west in 1868, the federal government sought to remove any Native claims to lands in its path.

On July 3 of that year, leaders of the Shoshones and the Bannocks met at Fort Bridger and agreed to the terms of the treaty, which among other things would soon establish the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho.  

The new reservations were significantly smaller than the 44 million acres that had been agreed upon in a treaty only five years earlier. 

The 1868 treaty was one of the last to be ratified by the U.S. Senate and it still provides a legal foundation under the federal constitution for the two tribal nations today. 

Among the signers of the treaty at the fort were Chief Washakie of the Eastern Shoshones, Chief Tagee of the Bannocks, and peace commissioner Major General C.C. Augur.

"We welcome the Shoshones and Bannocks as they return to Fort Bridger again this year to mark the treaty anniversary," Floyd said.

The event is sponsored by the Fort Bridger Historical Association and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ Language and Culture Department.

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Diane Corsick Featured at Sinks Canyon State Park Speaker Series

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Contact: Amanda Atkinson, 307-332-6333

A presentation by Diane Corsick is featured during the Sinks Canyon State Park Speaker Series, June 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sawmill Shelter.

Corsick is a four-season, almost daily hiker to Sinks Canyon State Park! She is a motivational speaker, performing and recording artist and published songwriter.

As a lifelong learner, she integrates her practice and experience with the natural world as a photographer, poet, conservationist, dancer and seeker of wonder and beauty.

She is excited to share "I AM THAT TOO: A Model for Deep Listening through the Arts and Humanities", based on her Master's thesis, which may serve as a channel of peace for you and our greater interconnected community.

Sinks Canyon State Park is located at six miles southwest of Lander on Hwy. 131.

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Wyoming State Parks Benefits from Various Partnerships

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Contact: Nick Neylon, 307-431-4866

Wyoming State Parks is proud of the many partnerships we offer as part of our mission to improve communities and enrich lives. Throughout the state, our parks and historic sites partner with multiple Girl and Boy Scout troops, 4H chapters, military and veterans organizations, religious organizations, and a multitude of non-profit groups. Through the Every Kid in a Park program, we offer an opportunity for every Wyoming fourth-grade student to experience part of their cultural and natural heritage.

We reach our citizens who have specific interests by offering programs focused on topics like camping, hunting, fishing, bird watching, hiking, biking, and many others. Our historic sites offer hundreds of programs and tours throughout the year in an effort to ensure that the story of our proud history is preserved and shared. Recently we offered a learn-to-camp program for a population that would not otherwise have the resources or expertise to do so. With the help of our generous private and corporate sponsors, these families were able to keep the camping gear they used and learned with.  

Our latest partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School and Wyoming Equality will provide an outdoor adventure opportunity for LGBTQ students from around the state. The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Camp is an opportunity for Wyoming GSA students to backpack seven days in the Wind River Wilderness and then spend four days completing service projects in Sinks Canyon State Park. The GSA Camp will run from August 4-14, and there is no cost for students to attend.

Inspired by the work of programs like OUT There Adventures and the Venture Out Program, GSA Camp is a continuation of our commitment to ensure that LGBTQ youth and allies are welcomed into our parks and leave with skills and competencies that will enrich their lives.

The health benefits of being outdoors are becoming more mainstream. A recent university study has shown that participating in outdoor recreation reduced PTSD symptoms by 29%.  We are currently partnering with ParkRX to work with doctors so they can prescribe visiting a state park.

“There are dozens of studies that confirm the mental health benefits of being outside and connecting with nature,” said Nick Neylon, Deputy Administrator for WYOPARKS, “and that experience is even more critical for this part of our constituency.”

The suicide rate among Wyoming teens is twice the national average, and according to the Wyoming Department of Health, Wyoming High School students who self-identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are three times more likely to consider or attempt suicide than heterosexual students.

Wyoming State Park's participation in this program is supported by generous donations from people and foundations who support our youth programming and education efforts.

For more information about the GSA camp, please contact Ammon Medina of Wyoming Equality at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are interested in partnership opportunities with Wyoming State Parks, please contact us at wyoparks.org.

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Glendo State Park Hosts Campfire, Outdoor Safety Program

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Contact: Carlo Migliaccio, 307-735-4433

Glendo State Park invites you to join us for a night around the campfire, and a program on outdoor safety on June 22, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Whiskey Gulch picnic shelter.

The event begins with a demonstration of safe and effective fire-building. Attendees will have the chance to help build the fire, and the roasting of s’mores later in the evening.

Later, Park staff will take guests through several brief, interactive exercises to learn the basics of outdoor survival. Next, the essentials of preparing for a trip outside, and what to do in the event that you become lost, or find yourself in a situation where you need to stay the night outside of an established camp.

No campfire would be complete without s’mores, so the program concludes with a chance for all attendees to roast marshmallows and build s’mores with supplies provided by Rooch’s Marina. This program is open to all members of the public, and is appropriate for all age groups.

Standard park fees will apply, though the event itself has no extra fee for attendance. For more information, please contact Glendo State Park at 307-735-4433.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site Hosts “Mysterious World of Mushrooms and How They Grow” Program

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Contact: Anthony Giles, 307-469-2234

Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about mushrooms and the important role they play in the local habitat during the Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site “Mysterious world of Mushrooms and how they grow” activity June 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The program, open to ages six and older, focuses on mushrooms in the area and concludes with an opportunity to paint a mushroom rock to take home.

For more information, please call Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site at 307-469-2234. Medicine Lodge is located at 4800 County Road 52 near Hyattville.

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Sinks Canyon State Park Hosts Geology Presentation

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Learn about the unique geology of Sinks Canyon State Park during a presentation by Dr. Miriam Barquero-Molina, June 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center.

A part of the Sinks Canyon Summer Speaker Series, Dr. Barquero-Molina’s presentation features a gneiss talk, good laughs, and a crystal clear understanding of the geology of the canyon! All ages are welcome! Shale we see you there?

Dr. Barquero-Molina is a professor at the University of Missouri.  She is a world renowned geologist who specializes in structural geology.  Currently she is the director of the University of Missouri Field Geology Camp, which is one of the oldest geology field camps in the United States. 

Dr-Miriam-Barquero-MolinaDr. Barquero-Molina uses her every-day expertise to glean more information about the world around her while hiking, biking, and rock observing.  We are thrilled do have Dr. Barquero-Molina kickoff our Summer Speaker Series.

For more information, please call 307-332-6333.

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Dr. Miriam Barquero-Molina

 

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Trail End State Historic Site Present Educational TechnoPast Event

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             Students get an opportunity to learn about history, as well as produce an educational video during Trail End State Historic Site’s newest educational program TechnoPast, June 24-28.

Designed for students in grades six through 12, TechnoPast combines technology and history to produce videos for the museum.

Students get to write a script and then act, produce, and film their video before editing it themselves. Since research is involved in producing the final product, this is yet another way for participants to experience history in a hands-on way.

For last year’s video "Keeping Up with Kendrick Technology,” for example, TechnoPast students created a television-style project demonstrating how technology in the Kendrick Mansion worked.

The students researched primary documents and combined those with the actual demonstration of the objects in this fun and informative video. This way, the public can see how these artifacts work, since they are rarely demonstrated.

Current events are sometimes tackled by the TechnoPast crew. For the 2017 Total Eclipse over Wyoming, students made two videos: one showing how to make a homemade eclipse viewer, and a second presenting how eclipses were viewed by ancient civilizations.

In addition to technology and eclipses, past Trail End video topics have included a student's guide to museum behavior, a couple of behind-the-scenes tours, Trail End Trivia and much more.

For more information on this year's TechnoPast topic and details on registration, contact Trail End at 307-674-4589.

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Sinks Canyon State Park Hosts Rock Program

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A program all about rocks takes place at Sinks Canyon State Park, June 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sawmill Campground picnic Shelter.

Enjoy a night filled with awesome rocks while learning about the processes that make rocks and where to find them in the canyon. Participants will also have the opportunity to dig for different rocks in the sand and even break open a geode.

This event, titled Rock On, accommodates a maximum of 25 people and participants must call ahead to register. Please call 307-332-3077 to register and for more information.

Sinks Canyon State Park is located at 3079 Sinks Canyon Road near Lander.

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Guernsey State Park Hosts Paddle the Park, June 15

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Experience a variety of people-powered watercraft during Guernsey State Park’s Paddle in the Park event June 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sandy Beach Boat Ramp Day Use Area.

Join Guernsey State Park for the family-friendly day of trying a variety of watercraft such as  canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and peddle boats. Or, bring your own watercraft, just no motors please.

Visitors are invited to come and try any or all of the watercraft and experience something they may not have tried before.

For more information, please contact Todd Stevenson at 307-836-2334.

 

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