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Wyoming State Parks Offers Free Day-Use/Entrance Fees to Veterans

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As part of the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails “Parks for Patriots” programming, which honors military veterans, day-use/entrance fees will be waived November 11 for military veterans.

All veterans with proof of their veteran status (ID card, letter from VA, etc.) can enter any Wyoming State Park and/or Historic Site free of charge. This applies to day use fees only. All other fees, such as overnight camping, must still be paid. This promotion is only in effect during Veterans Day, November 11.

Veterans eligible for the free entrance are defined as: a person who served in active military, naval, or air service and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. This does not include active-duty military personnel.

For more information, please call Wyoming State Parks at 307-777-6323.

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Sinks Canyon State Park Schedules Master Plan Public Meeting

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A public meeting regarding Phase II of the Sinks Canyon State Park Master Plan is scheduled for November 5 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Lander Library, Carnegie Room.

During the master planning process over the past six months, Sinks Canyon State Park staff has been collecting information, feedback, and ideas about ways to both enhance the visitor experience at the park and preserve its resources for future generations to enjoy.  

Many opportunities and challenges have been identified at the park, but additional public input is needed at the open house to help move the master planning process forward.

"The master plan will help ensure that Sinks Canyon State Park is well-positioned to meet the needs of our visitors for the next twenty years, while simultaneously protecting its valuable natural and cultural resources," said Chris Floyd, State Parks District Manager. "This open house is a great opportunity for the public to make their voices heard regarding the future of the park." 

People of all ages are encouraged to attend the open house and share their preferences, values, and vision for Sinks Canyon State Park.

The Lander Library is located at 451 N. 2nd Street in Lander.

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Fort Phil Kearny Family Pheasant Hunt Scheduled Nov. 30, Dec. 1

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The annual Fort Phil Kearny Family Pheasant Hunt will be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, beginning each day at 9 a.m. No pre-registration is required.

This event is an opportunity for families and friends hunting with young people ages 17 and younger to harvest pheasants, practice safe hunting skills and enjoy the Piney Creek landscape on the Fort grounds. 

All hunters, including youth hunters, are required to adhere to licensing requirements and regulations, possess conservation stamps, have hunter safety certification or be enrolled in the Hunter Mentor Program, and purchase the $15.50 pheasant special management stamp. 

Additionally, adult hunters will need to pay the daily admission fee to the Fort - $2 for Wyoming residents and $4 for nonresidents. Hunters ages 17 and under will receive free admission.

For several years, Fort Phil Kearny has participated in the Game and Fish’s Access Yes program as a Hunter Management Area. The Fort allows the hunting public to pursue deer, antelope, pheasant, dove, partridge, turkey and rabbits on approximately 500 acres of historic Fort grounds.

Fort Phil Kearny is located at 528 Wagon Box Road in Banner, Wyoming. For more information, please call the Fort at 307-684-7629.

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Big Horn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative to Meet November 2

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The Bighorn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative is scheduled to meet Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Worland Community Center Complex in Worland.

The Collaborative continues to explore ways to promote outdoor recreation, develop new recreation opportunities, and create a plan to enhance the Bighorn 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 brooks.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Fort Phil Kearny Celebrates Veterans Day with Two Events

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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site celebrates Veterans Day November 10-11 with a special exhibit of American War uniforms and a special presentation on Native American Code Talkers by Retired USN Intelligence Officer HB Puckett.

The Veterans Event: First Time Ever Exhibition of American War uniforms will be open Nov. 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features U.S. Army Infantry uniforms with weapons and accouterments for all the major U.S. wars from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm.

All weapons are original to the period depicted, along with a number of the accouterments. A total of 10 American Wars are represented using 11 mannequins.

The Native American Code Talker presentation will be held at Kearney Hall Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

Retired USN Intelligence Officer HB Puckett will discuss the U.S. Marine Corps’ enlistment of Navajo Soldiers as code talkers for secure tactical communications in World War II’s Pacific Theater. These Navajo Soldiers have been the subject of popular books and films in recent years.

What is not as widely known is that more than 30 Native American languages were used in similar fashion by native speakers, to include Northern Plains tribes, by U.S. armed forces in both World Wars. This will be an overview of how those brave servicemen were recruited, trained, and employed, and the amazing contributions of their unbreakable communications in battle.

Fort Phil Kearny is located off I-90 at Exit 44.

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Wyoming State Parks Accepting Land and Water Conservation Fund Applications

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The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, through the National Park Service, is offering recreational funding for projects throughout the State of Wyoming.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program is a 50% reimbursable grant program. To be eligible, the project site must be maintained for public outdoor recreation for perpetuity, and the applicant must be a municipality, county, school district or recreation district. Grant applications must be postmarked no later than Dec. 31.

Historically, this program has funded various recreational projects throughout the State including playground equipment and upgrades, sports fields, shooting ranges, and associated facilities. Congress has appropriated approximately $1.5 million for the State of Wyoming this year.

For additional information including applications, Guidelines and deadlines, please visit the website: https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/learn/recreation-grants or contact Louisa Lopez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 307-777-6491.

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Historic Governors' Mansion Tinsel Through Time Opening Reception Scheduled November 15

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Tinsel Through Time: Stories of Christmas Opening Reception!

An opening reception for the Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion Tinsel Through Time annual Christmas exhibit is scheduled for November 15 at 4 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Stories of Christmas,” and features certain rooms of the house decorated based off of timeless Christmas tales such as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

            The Opening Reception is free and open to the public. Food, beverages, and live entertainment will be provided!   

 

            HGTTT-Mansion Following the Opening Reception, the Mansion will be open to the public until Saturday, December 21. Hours of operation will be Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For questions, call 307-777-7878.

 

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Outdoor Recreation Industry thriving in Wyoming and Nation according to study

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Contact: Dave Glenn, 307-349-1156

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

A recent report from the federal government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) indicates Wyoming’s Outdoor Recreation Industry is among the best in the nation in contributing to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

            For the first time, the BEA has added Outdoor Recreation to their annual Economic Analysis and what they found is that it is a major driver of the nation’s and Wyoming’s economy and employment. What the report found is Outdoor Recreation in Wyoming contributes $1.6 billion to Wyoming’s economy or 4.4 percent of the state’s overall economy. States ranking ahead of Wyoming are Hawaii at 5.4%, Montana at 5.1%, and Maine at 4.8%. Other states include Florida at 4.3%, and Colorado and Utah tied at 3.3%.

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            “To us in the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office and the Wyoming Division of State Parks and Historic Sites, this data doesn’t come as a surprise to us as we’re constantly meeting and working with those in the outdoor recreation industry,” Administrator Dave Glenn said. “What this data does tell us is that we have a vibrant and growing outdoor recreation economy and this is the tip of the iceberg.”

The news is even better in regards to employment, Outdoor Recreation which accounts for 23,036 jobs or 8 percent of total employment in Wyoming which is the highest in the nation.  Those jobs also account for 4.7 percent of total compensation in the state, which is second in the nation behind Hawaii at 5.1 percent.

“Outdoor Recreation is pivotal to residents and visitors alike,” Gov. Mark Gordon said. “Many people visit, move and bring their businesses here to take advantage of the outstanding outdoor
recreation opportunities available in Wyoming.”

The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office is working to expand those employment numbers even more through its support of the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Program at the University of Wyoming and the Outdoor Education and Recreation Leadership degree at Northwest College in Powell.

Locally, the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office works to improve recreation economies by facilitating community stakeholder discussions. Make sure communities are aware of resources and opportunities to improve amenities and attract business based on local assets.

“Wyoming has done a phenomenal job leveraging our resources underground,” Glenn added. “Now we're going to build a thriving OR industry by leveraging our resources above the ground. We have more work to do"

The BEA study also indicates that the Outdoor Recreation Industry is growing rapidly nationwide, eclipsing the average increase in overall U.S. GDP. Overall, Outdoor Recreation grew by 3.9% in 2017 compared to the overall U.S. economy which grew by 2.4%.

                        “This study confirms what we’ve known for a long time,” State Parks and Cultural Resources Director Darin Westby said. “Wyoming is a great place to work and play and we’ve been expanding those opportunities throughout the state for quite some time.”

            Nationally, according to the report, economic leaders in gross economic output are boating/fishing, RVing, motorcycling/ATVing, hunting/shooting/trapping and equestrian sports are the five largest conventional outdoor recreation activities. Snow sports rank as a close sixth on the list. These are all highly popular activities in the Cowboy State.

            The full Bureau of Economic Analysis report on Outdoor Recreation can be found herehttps://www.bea.gov/data/special-topics/outdoor-recreation .

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Wyoming Territorial Prison to host Kids' Pumpkin Walk, Oct. 5

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Contact:  Deborah Cease, 307.745.3733, Cell:  307.760.4914

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Autumn means colder temperatures, leaves turning color and time for family fun at the 10th annual Kids’ Pumpkin Walk on October 5, from 12 noon – 4 p.m. at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site. 

Admission is $3 per adult 18+ which will support this family event.  Children are free. 

Gather your family and friends and come enjoy an afternoon filled with outdoor fun. Although costumes are optional, your pint-sized Spiderman or Cinderella will enjoy exploring and learning.  

This year’s Pumpkin Walk is filled with activities for children, ages 12 years and younger, including a straw maze for the kids to twist and turn their way through; picking the perfect pumpkin from the patch to decorate with sticker fun; hay wagon rides and feed the rock monster!

Come and enjoy a variety of games, prizes, treats, and food vendors on site. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Special thanks to our sponsors, Wyoming Territorial Park Historic Association, Bertha Ward Family, LASSO Events, and C&A Pet and Livestock Supply. 

The event will be held regardless of weather.  For more information contact Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site 307-745-3733, follow us on Facebook or visit www.wyomingterritorialprison.com  979 Snowy Range Rd., in Laramie.

 

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