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Guernsey Perseid Watch: This Year’s Best Meteor Shower August 10th - 12th

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July 16, 2018
Contact: Todd Stevenson, 307-836-2334

Last year, Guernsey State Park proved to be one of the more popular places to view the
2017 Solar Eclipse, this year enjoy the Guernsey Perseid Watch, this year’s best meteor shower
of the year, Aug. 10-12 at Yurts 1 & 2.

The Perseids are created when earth passes through the dust and debris created by the
Comet Swift-Tuttle, the largest object to regularly pass by earth. The comet has a nucleus
approximately 16 miles wide. This year, according to NASA, people should be able to see
around 60-70 meteors per hour.

The weekend events begin August 10 with a 4 p.m. museum talk focusing on meteor
observing. A star watch party with telescopes will begin at approximately 8:45 p.m. with Venus,
Jupiter, Saturn and Mars in full view. The night’s star watch will provide an emphasis on
planets, deep sky objects and constellation identification. Participants can expect to return to
their campsites around 10:30-11 p.m.

Events on August 11 will be much the same as the night before with a 4 p.m. museum
talk (the same presentation) and a star watch beginning at 8:45, also emphasizing plants, deep
sky objects and constellation identification. However, an all-night viewing will be held. Visitors
are encouraged to bring cots, sleeping bags, flashlights and food if they plan to participate.
On August 12, a Perseid Meteor Watch will take place. Star Party participants will use
telescopes until approximately 10:30 p.m. The meteor watch begin around 11 p.m. Visitor are
encouraged to observe until dawn, but participants may leave when they wish. The number of
meteors seen increases significantly after midnight.

The night programs are led by Gary A. Becker and Peter K. Detterline, both professors of
Astronomy at Moravian College and Kutztown University, respectively. Both are members of
the Mars Desert Research Station.

Like with the solar eclipse, the lack of light population at Guernsey State Park makes it a
prime area to view the Perseids.

For more information, please call Guernsey State Park at 307-836-2334.

   
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

 

Kids' Passport to Adventure Contest at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site

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July 16, 2018

Contact: Brooks Jordan, 307-469-2234

In addition to viewing the prehistoric petroglyphs, learning about homesteading history or fishing at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site, kids can now participate in the “Passport to Adventure” contest and a chance to win one of two prize packages.

Kids are invited to pick up a passport which asks a series of questions about history, nature and petroglyphs. They then visit different areas around Medicine Lodge to find the answers to those questions.

Once the questions are answered, drop the page with your name at the office in the big red barn to be entered in the drawing. The drawing will be held August 31

The two prize packages are:

  • A Thermopolis get-away with two nights at the Roundtop Mountain Motel; four passes to the Wyoming Dinosaur Center; and two, two-person raft rides with Wind River Canyon Whitewater and Fly Fishing.
     
  • A Worland package with four passes to the Worland Aquatic Center, four passes to the Washakie Museum, $25 gift certificate to Martinez’s Mexican Food and a $25 gift certificate to Mama Z’s Pizza.

For more information, please call Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site at 307-469-2234.

 
 

 

   
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 Series of Public Meetings Regarding Proposed Fee Increases

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 A series of public meeting are scheduled at various locations in Wyoming to take public comment on a proposed Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails fee increase.

            Public meetings are scheduled for:

            July 17 – Wyoming State Museum; 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; for more information, 307-777-6323

            July 18 – Sheridan County Library; 335 W. Alger St., Sheridan6:30-8:30 p.m.; for more information, 307-674-4589

            July 19 – Campbell County Library, 2101 S. 4-J Road, Gillette6:30–8 p.m.; for more information, 307-674-4589

            July 23 – Buffalo Bill State Park, Shreve Lodge, 4192 N. Fork Highway, Cody6:30-8 p.m.; for more information, 307-469-2234

            July 25 – Wheatland, First State Bank Conference Center, 1405 16th St., 7 p.m.; for more information, 307-836-2334

            July 25 – Casper, Wyoming Game and Fish Office, Pronghorn Room, 3030 Energy Lane, 6-7:30 p.m.; for more information, 307-320-3013

Other meetings are currently in the planning stages and will be announced later.

New legislation in 2017 required Wyo Parks to set its fees in rules and allowed for fee increases within maximum amounts set by law.  In 2017, Wyo Parks established rules to set fees but did not raise entrance and camping fees.

Last year, Wyo Parks conducted a series of visitor surveys to gather opinions regarding existing fees, the possibility of an increase and how much of an increase was supported.

More than 1,800 responses were tabulated. Of those, 80 percent of respondents were in support of a system-wide increase of daily use fees, 77 percent supported a system-wide increase of daily camping fees, 73 percent were in support of system-wide increase of annual daily use permit fees and 70 percent supported a system-wide increase of annual camping permit fees.

Wyo Parks also looked at similar state park systems in the region and found that Wyoming’s fees are among the lowest in the region.

Some of the proposed fee changes include:

The fees for “off season” (October 1 through April 30) will not change from existing fee amounts, however, fees during “peak season” (May 1 through September 30) will increase as follows:

Residents will see a $2 a day use fee increase and a $3 camping fee increase.  They will also see a $7 increase for the purchase of an annual day use permit and a $10 increase for an annual camping permit.  Additional annual day use and camping permits will increase by $5 and $8 respectively.

Non-residents will see a $3 day use fee increase and a $5 camping fee increase.  They will also see a $17 increase for the purchase of an annual day use permit.  Non-residents will continue to be ineligible for annual camping permits.  Additional annual day use permits will increase by $14. 

The daily fee for use of a site with electricity will increase by $5.

Historic site fees will increase by $1 per adult and the amount charged for tour buses will increase by $2 per adult.  Children will continue to enjoy free entrance.

People wishing to obtain a copy of the proposed rules can do so by contacting State Parks Headquarters at 2301 Central Avenue, Barrett Building, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002, attn.: Christie Christensen; by calling 307-777-7496; via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by visiting the Secretary of State’s website.

 

   
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

 

Friday Nights by the Fire: Sinks Canyon State Park Program Focuses on South Pass City

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 Sinks Canyon State Park hosts a historical, educational and entertaining evening titled “A Blast from South Pass(t),” July 27 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Sawmill Campground/

Jon Lane, from South Pass City State Historic Site will discuss the once bustling gold mining town.

The evening will also feature games, campfires, s’mores and more. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Visit the Sinks Canyon State Park Facebook page or call 307-332-6333 for more details.

 

   
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

 

Trail End hosts Relaxing 'Summer Evening at the Mansion'

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Enjoy a relaxing evening sitting in the shade listening to music, enjoying a picnic dinner or playing an exciting game of badminton in the thick, cool grass during the Summer Evening at the Mansion event on Wednesday, July 25 from 6 – 8 p.m., at the Trail End State Historic Site.

 

The evening’s activities feature badminton and croquet on the lawn, plus cookies and lemonade provided by the Trail End Guilds. The public is encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy this family-friendly event.

 

Free admission to the Kendrick Mansion will also be available during those hours with staff and volunteers on hand to answer your questions.

 

For more information, contact Trail End at 307-674-4589. The Kendrick Mansion is located on the grounds of the Trail End State Historic Site, 400 Clarendon Avenue in Sheridan.

 

   
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

 

Fort Fred Steele 150th Anniversary Program Focuses on Union Pacific

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The fifth program in the Fort Fred Steele 150th Anniversary Celebration Series focuses on the Union Pacific Railroad, from 1 – 4 p.m.July 21 on the grounds of the fort.

The Union Pacific Railroad rolled into Wyoming late in 1867 and laid tracks through many Wyoming communities in 1868, including Laramie, Hanna, Rawlins, Rock Springs, Green River and Evanston.

Celebrations and events are planned in each of these Wyoming communities, including the 150th Union Pacific Railroad Celebration at Fort Steele on July 21. Join our guest speakers as they explore the feat of this transcontinental railroad.

Cake and refreshments will be served. For more information call Steve Horn, 307-320-3013 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other programs during the summer-long series are titled Mining in Carbon County: A Storyboard Walk, Aug. 4; State Parks on I-80: A Storyboard Walk. Aug. 18; and Tie Hacks, Sept. 1.

Fort Fred Steele is located at Exit 228 on I-80 east of Rawlins.

For more information call Steve Horn, 307-320-3013 or email 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

 

Run Like a Bighorn Race Scheduled at Sinks Canyon State Park

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Lace up the sneakers and enjoy the Sinks Canyon State Park Run Like a Bighorn fun run/walk, July 21 from 7 to 11 a.m. The race begins at the Sawmill Campground.

The race, benefitting Sinks Canyon State Park, is $25 for adults and $10 for kids under 13.

The slightly less than 10k race starts at Sawmill Campground and heads up the canyon continuing along nearby trails and ending near the main climbing walls.

Pre-registration is available at the Sinks Canyon Visitor Center, at runsignup.com or at 6 a.m. on the day of the race.

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

 

   
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 Hosts Family S'more Event

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Children young and old are invited to attend the family-friendly S’MORE-Gasbord Adventure at the Bear River State Park Rendezvous Area, July 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sit around the campfire and roast marshmallows for s’mores while listening to a special guest read a story for the kids. After the story and eating s’mores kids are invited to participate in an activity such as a scavenger hunt or gunny sack races. 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

 

Two More Sinks Canyon 'Beat the Heat' Hikes Planned

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The next two in a series of “Beat the Heat” hikes will be held July 18 and 25 at Sinks Canyon State Park.

Interested hikers are asked to meet at the Nature Trail parking area of the Popo Agie Campground at 9 a.m. for a hike through the canyon. Subsequent hikes will be held each Wednesday during July.

Each hike will be about one mile in length and in the morning before the heat of the day. The hike is a fun and educational trip through the canyon where participants will learn about the flora and fauna in the area. Come prepared with lots of questions about this beautiful part of Wyoming.

Persons with questions are asked to call Sinks Canyon State Park at 307-332-6333.

 

   
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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