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Mountain bikes, boats and fishing poles are really just toys for grown-ups; so go be a kid again. After all, we've got plenty of trails for getting mud on those tires, including those in Guernsey, Buffalo Bill and Curt Gowdy State Parks.

If making a splash is more your style, we've got space for water sports and fishing at our many reservoirs . Once you're done playing, soak those bones in the therapeutic mineral water at Hot Springs State Park. 

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Wyoming has over 640 miles of ORV trails and 2,585 snowmobile trails managed by a variety of agencies.
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Wyoming State Parks Awarded Major Grant from elmsley Charitable Trust to Improve Facilities

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Wyoming State Parks Awarded Major Grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to Improve Facilities

In the midst of the state’s ongoing fiscal and economic challenges, Wyoming State Parks has received some exciting news in the form of private grants for major facility upgrades. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust recently awarded Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites more than $1.7 million for construction projects at Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site and Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site.

The Helmsley Charitable Trust granted $1.1 million to Fort Phil Kearny in Story for the Shining Mountains Interpretive Center, providing a spacious addition to the small existing visitor center that will include new museum exhibits and reconstruction of the 120-foot-high flagpole that once stood inside the walls of the historic fort. Wyoming State Parks will also be adding an adjacent outdoor amphitheater for programs and special events.

The Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site near Hyattville, which sits across the Bighorn Mountains from Fort Phil Kearny, will benefit from a $600,000 Helmsley grant establishing a new cultural and outdoor education center. The facility will feature all new exhibits and complement the existing historic barn on the property. The project is in the design phase and scheduled for completion in the fall of 2021.

Governor Mark Gordon recognized the Helmsley Charitable Trust for its timely and generous contribution to state parks and outdoor recreation in Wyoming.

“The events of the past year have highlighted the outstanding value of outdoor recreation at our parks, historic sites, and other public lands,” said Governor Gordon. “We thank the Helmsley Charitable Trust for their investment in Wyoming State Parks, which will benefit our citizens and visitors for generations to come.”

The grant funding could not have come at a better time, with Wyoming State Parks seeing a 1.3 million visitor increase in 2020 compared to 2019 boosting total visitation to more than 5 million.

“Even with budget reductions, our agency is looking to expand and improve capacity to manage the dramatic increase in visitation that we saw this year,” said Darin Westby, Director of Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources. “Partnering with the Helmsley Charitable Trust

allows us to be more impactful with our project dollars. We are thankful for Helmsley’s generous support, which will provide a boost for local economies by attracting more visitors to the state and keeping them here a little longer, so that they can spend their tourist dollars and head on to their next adventure satisfied with what they experienced in Wyoming.”

In recent years, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has made significant investments in improving visitor experiences and educational opportunities at state and national parks in the upper Midwest.

“The Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site and Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site both hold significant cultural and historical value,” said Walter Panzirer, a Trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “We are excited to partner with Wyoming State Parks to build spaces for interactive learning, dynamic programming, and engaging experiences that will develop

stewards of the land and history who have the desire to preserve and protect the area for future generations.”

These and other investments in the state’s outdoor recreation sector reflect the mission of Wyoming State Parks to improve communities, enrich lives, and be a driver for the state’s

economy.

 

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About the Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting

exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives.

Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $3 billion for a

wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative

projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care,

bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art

training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than

$500 million to organizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South

Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana. Learn more at helmsleytrust.org.

Member of first graduating class of UW's Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Degree program joins Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office

Brynn Hirschman, a member of the first graduating class of the University of Wyoming’s Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Degree Program, has been named as Outdoor Recreation Coordinator within the Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails Division.

Hirschman, a native of Ohio, has served as a recreation specialist within the Outdoor Recreation Office during the past year.  Prior to that she served with the Wyoming Conservation Corps and worked at the famous Vee Bar Guest Ranch.

“Brynn has brought an enormous amount of energy and positivity to the job during the past year, working hard to help grow and diversify the state’s economy through responsible recreation while still preserving the values that make Wyoming so special,” Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office Manager Chris Floyd said.

“She has been building relationships with stakeholders across that state and along the way has amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding existing and potential recreational opportunities,” Floyd continued.

Among other things, HIrschman will be working with communities to identify areas of the state that are ready for recreational growth as well as the development of partnerships and strategies to help manage new and existing recreation opportunities.

Dr. Dan McCoy, Degree Coordinator and Associate Lecturer in the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Degree Program at the University of Wyoming says “Brynn was a fantastic student at UW and a wonderful example of someone who was able to turn her personal and professional interests into a career. We are so excited that Brynn was selected; we hope that her employment as the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator will help further our already strong partnership with Wyoming State Parks.”

In addition to positions within the Outdoor Recreation Office, graduates of the University of Wyoming's Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management program may find employment opportunities in business and hospitality management like restaurant, lodging, and guest services, and in recreation leadership like outfitting, guiding, and adventure-based tourism organizations, among others.

Hirschman will be based out of State Parks Headquarters in Cheyenne.

State Trails Advisory Council to meet in Lander May 14

A meeting of the Trails Advisory Council will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, May 14, at the Travellodge by Wyndham in Lander. 

There will be an option to watch the meeting via Google Meets or a phone number to call in.  

Location: The Inn at Lander, Travelodge by Wyndham, 260 Grandview Dr, Lander.

Phone Number: 1 314-450-7711 PIN: ‪473 802 090#
Google Meets - https://meet.google.com/nfa-ivbm-tgq?hs=122&authuser=0

Agenda items include approval of the Recreational Trails Program FY2022 Timelines, Guidelines and Application process, Trails Program updates, and Outdoor Recreation Office update.

The Wyoming State Trails Advisory Council is a ten-member recreational trail advisory committee appointed by the Governor to advise the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources regarding trail policies, functions and priorities.  Persons with questions concerning the meeting are asked to call 777-6491.  

Wyoming State Parks & Historic sites offer over 40 different Activities & Amenities. Including: fishing, camping, biking, boating...