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Wyoming Naturalist Program Launched, will meet at Boysen State Park in May

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Wyoming Naturalist Program Launched, will meet at Boysen State Park in May

For those with a hankering to learn more about the great outdoors and garner the title of Certified Wyoming Master Naturalist, the opportunity has arrived. With the launch of Wyoming’s Master Naturalist Program, the state joins many others in hosting a program that trains participants to be environmental stewards and to teach that stewardship to others.

The Wyoming Naturalist Program is coordinated by a committee of state agencies and non-profits that includes Audubon Rockies, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming State Parks, the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute, and University of Wyoming Extension. The training will include lessons in biodiversity, ecology, conservation, management and interpretation. The 2020 program will include lessons hosted at Boysen State Park May 22-23.

Jacelyn Downey, Audubon Rockies’ education program manager, said “Wyoming is an amazing state with cool projects in need of volunteers. Becoming a Wyoming Master Naturalist provides an opportunity to assist with research projects or pass on knowledge via outdoor classrooms. Each person picks the volunteer opportunity that appeals to them.”

The 2021 inaugural class is full, but individuals are encouraged to apply for the program next year to become leaders in the effort to protect our natural resources and the special places where we live.

For more information, please see the Wyoming Naturalist Program at https://wyomingnaturalists.wyomingbiodiversity.org or call Dan Bach with Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails at 307-777-6314.

Wyoming Trails Advisory Council to meet January 15

A virtual meeting of the Wyoming Trails Advisory Council will be held, Friday, January 15.

The public may listen in via:

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Phone Number: 1 314-730-2056 PIN: ‪941 342 050#

Agenda items include approval of the Recreational Trails Program applications, approval of the OHV Partnership Grant applications, 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.  

Wyo Parks offering Early Bird discounts on 2021 annual permits

Wyo Parks offering Early Bird discounts on 2021 annual permits

Wyoming’s Division of State Parks and Historic sites is offering early bird discounts on annual day-use permits through February 15.

Resident day-use passes are discounted to $42 (regularly $48) and non-resident permits are available for $89 (regularly $96).

“This is a good deal” states Dave Glenn, Deputy Director. “At this discount, along with the purchase of an annual camping pass, our visitors will break even after seven nights of camping at Wyoming’s State Parks.” 

There are also several changes to the reservation system and availability of reservable campsites for the 2021 season.

“Last year, for the busy summer season, we moved to almost every campsite requiring a reservation. Many residents appreciated this move, however, some residents spoke out and said they would still like to see more first-come, first-serve campsites. We listened,” said Deputy Director Nick Neylon. “This coming year approximately 344 first-come, first-serve sites will be available statewide. For example, Keyhole State Park will have 78 first-come, first-serve sites and Boysen State Park will have 93. 

A reminder that residents can reserve campsites 120 days in advance.

“We have seen consistent annual increases in visitation and last year Wyoming’s State Parks saw a large increase,” states Glenn. “With outdoor recreation use on the rise, we believe this trend will continue and encourage residents to reserve their favorite summer campsites early.”


2021 Reservation Season Dates:
Oct. 1 – April 30:  All campsites are first-come, first-serve only (no reservations needed)
May 1 – Sept. 30: Reservation Season


Visitors can reserve Sites and buy permits online at www.wyo-park.com or permits can be purchased at any

of WyoParks’ selling agent locations across the state.    

Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites host 2021 First Day Hikes

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If you need something new to usher in the new year, Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites will host the extremely popular New Year’s Day First Day Hikes again during 2021, but with a few changes.

Participants will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines and pre- and post-hike refreshments will not be made available due to COVID-19 concerns. However, the public is encouraged to bring their own snacks and hot beverages.

This year, 11 New Year’s Day guided hikes and walks will be offered at state park and historic site venues statewide held in conjunction with similar hikes held in all 50 states; a part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

This is the 10th consecutive year Wyoming is offering free First Day Hikes.

Park staff and volunteers will lead this year’s hikes, from 1/2 to 3.5 miles. Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America’s State Parks website. Visit www.naspd.org to find a First Day Hike nearest you.

In Wyoming, hikes will be offered at the following locations and times:

Bear River State Park – Approx. 1-2-mile hike in the park on easy terrain, meet at Bear River State Park Visitor Center, 10 a.m., 307-789-6547

Boysen State Park – two-mile hike through moderate to difficult terrain, meet at park headquarters, 10 a.m., 307-876-2796

Buffalo Bill State Park – four-mile hike on easy terrain, meet at Hayden Arch Bridge (1.5 miles out of town on Old Yellowstone Hwy.), 9 a.m., 307-587-9227

Curt Gowdy State Park – two-mile hike on easy to moderate terrain, meet at Curt Gowdy Visitor Center, 11 a.m., 307-632-7946

Fort Bridger State Historic Site – one-mile hike on easy terrain, meet at Post Trader’s Store, 1 p.m., 307-782-3842

Pioneer Museum – The hike distance will be an easy one-mile hike around the fairgrounds; meet at WY Pioneer Memorial Museum lobby at 10 am, afterwards join the group for hot chocolate and coffee to warm up in the Museum lobby, 307-358-9288

Guernsey State Park – 3.5-mile hike, start and end at the Castle, 10 a.m., 307-836-2334

Hot Springs State Park – Easy ½-mile or more difficult one-mile hikes, meet at the Chamber Office, 11 a.m., 307-864-2176

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site – one-mile hike over easy terrain, meet in main parking lot, 10 a.m., 307-469-2234

Sinks Canyon State Park – one-mile hike on easy to moderate terrain, meet at Nature Trail parking lot, 1 p.m., 307-332-6333

South Pass City State Historic Site – two-mile hike, meet at Dance Hall, 1 p.m., 307-332-3684

Wyoming State Parks accepting bids for nine animals from bison herd

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Written bids for nine animals from the state bison herd will be accepted at the Hot Springs State Park office in Thermopolis until 5 p.m., January 12 for the purchase of the following bison: four 2020 heifer calves, three 2020 bull calves, and two 2019 yearling heifers.

All animals have all been properly vaccinated. Minimum bids are as follows: $1,000 for 2020 calves and $1,300 for yearling heifers.

Bids will be accepted for any or all of these bison. Each animal offered will be sold to the highest bidder, subject to the minimum bid specified in the sales list provided by the State. Buyers may begin picking up their animals on January 15. The seller will not provide delivery services.

For bison information, please call Jody Lange at 307-921-2610 or Kevin Skates at 307-921-2057. The Hot Springs State Park headquarters number is 307-864-2176.

 All settlements will be made with the Superintendent of Hot Springs State Park within seven days of successful bid notification.

Wyoming State Parks hosts 11 First Day Hikes for 2021

Wyoming State Parks and historic sites will host the extremely popular New Year’s Day First Day Hikes again during 2021, but with a few changes.

Participants will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines  and pre- and post-hike refreshments will not be made available due to COVID-19 concerns. However, the public is encouraged to bring their own snacks and hot beverages.

This year, 11 New Year’s Day guided hikes and walks will be offered at state park and historic site venues statewide held in conjunction with similar hikes held in all 50 states; a part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

This is the 10th consecutive year Wyoming is offering free First Day Hikes.

Park staff and volunteers will lead this year’s hikes, from 1/2 to 3.5 miles. Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America’s State Parks website. Visit www.naspd.org to find a First Day Hike nearest you.

In Wyoming, hikes will be offered at the following locations and times:

Bear River State Park – Approx. 1-2-mile hike in the park on easy terrain, meet at Bear River State Park Visitor Center, 10 a.m., 307-789-6547

Boysen State Park – two-mile hike through moderate to difficult terrain, meet at park headquarters, 10 a.m., 307-876-2796

Buffalo Bill State Park – four-mile hike on easy terrain, meet at Hayden Arch Bridge (1.5 miles out of town on Old Yellowstone Hwy.), 9 a.m., 307-587-9227

Curt Gowdy State Park – two-mile hike on easy to moderate terrain, meet at Curt Gowdy Visitor Center, 11 a.m., 307-632-7946

Fort Bridger State Historic Site – one-mile hike on easy terrain, meet at Post Trader’s Store, 1 p.m., 307-782-3842

Pioneer Museum – The hike distance will be an easy one-mile hike around the fairgrounds; meet at WY Pioneer Memorial Museum lobby at 10 am, afterwards join the group for hot chocolate and coffee to warm up in the Museum lobby, 307-358-9288

Guernsey State Park – 3.5-mile hike, start and end at the Castle, 10 a.m., 307-836-2334

Hot Springs State Park – Easy ½-mile or more difficult one-mile hikes, meet at the Chamber Office, 11 a.m., 307-864-2176

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site – one-mile hike over easy terrain, meet in main parking lot, 10 a.m., 307-469-2234

Sinks Canyon State Park – one-mile hike on easy to moderate terrain, meet at Nature Trail parking lot, 1 p.m., 307-332-6333

South Pass City State Historic Site – two-mile hike, meet at Dance Hall, 1 p.m., 307-332-3684

Wyo Parks Deputy Director Nick Neylon elected to National Association of State Parks Directors leadership position

Nick Neylon, Deputy Director of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and CulturalResources, has been elected as the Northwest Region representative to the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD).

Neylon has been employed by Wyoming State Parks for six years and has more than 30 years of experience with parks, historic sites and museums around the country.

NASPD is a national organization with a mission to “promote and advance the state park systems of America for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy.”

NASPD board members representing six regions of the country govern America’s State Park alliance. Neylon’s involvement within the organization’s leadership ensures Wyoming State Park issues and concerns are at the forefront of discussions regarding industry policies.

NASPD is made up of state park directors in all 50 states. There are more than 10,200 state parks covering more than 18.5 million acres. More than 740 million people visit America's state parks on an annual basis, creating an annual economic impact to local communities of greater than $20 billion.

State’s represented in the northwest region are Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota and Alaska.

South Pass City receives WCTF grant for Smith Sherlock Store restoration

The Friends of South Pass and South Pass City State Historic Site have received a $20,000 grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund to restore the historic Smith Sherlock General Store at South Pass City. 

Constructed in 1895, the Smith Sherlock Store was the flagship business of Janet Sherlock Smith.  Janet was a founder of South Pass City arriving in the gold rush of 1869.  A strong-willed leader, she lived in SPC until her death in 1923.  She and her family would eventually own and run a diverse group of businesses including hotels, mercantiles, saloons and mining operations.  The Sherlock Family would run the Smith Sherlock store well into the 20th century. 

The restoration will include reproduction of the large storefront windows, restoration of the 1904 telephone system and installation of the 1913 electrical lighting.  Exhibits will focus on the period of 1900 to 1915 when the store was the supply hub for the whole Sweetwater Region.  Modern visitors will be able to have a hands- on experience of shopping for groceries and sundries at the turn of the last century. 

Matching funds will be provided by the State Parks and Historic Site Special Revenue Funds.  These funds are gathered from admissions and fees from state parks and historic sites.  Restorations like this are an example of how visitor’s fees are put to work.  In addition, the store will receive a new roof to help preserve the building and exhibits.

The restoration will be completed in May of 2021.

For more information contact Joe Ellis, Superintendent, South Pass City State Historic Site This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 307-332-3684 or 307-349-9349.

 

Trail End State Historic Site "Christmas with the Kendricks" guided tours begin Dec. 18

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The Kendrick Mansion at Trail End State Historic Site is pleased to announce that their guided tours, “Christmas with the Kendricks,” are returning this month!

The year is 1920, and the Kendrick family is fresh off the train from Washington, D.C. and home for the holidays. Experience Christmas Eve at the Kendrick Mansion, as the family and their staff prepare for holiday festivities. Guests will take guided tours, where they will watch various scenes play out through the home. Actors will be portraying real people and real events!

On December 18 and 19, the tours will depart from the Carriage House via a horse-drawn wagon (weather permitting), and participants on these tours must be able to climb stairs.

The tours on December 20 will be handicapped accessible, with the elevator available to those who wish to use it. These tours will begin and end at the mansion, and the wagon ride will not be available this day.

COVID precautions: Only 6 tickets per tour time are available, and every participant must wear a mask.

This is a fundraiser for the Trail End Guilds, in conjunction with the Civic Theater Guild. Tickets are $10 per person.

Tickets should be purchased in advance, and are on sale now! They can be bought in person at Trail End State Historic Site from 1:00-4:00 pm daily, or online anytime atwww.trailend.org.

For questions and more information, please call the museum at 307-674-4589.

The Kendrick Mansion is a 1913 historic house museum located at 400 Clarendon Avenue, Sheridan, on the grounds of Trail End State Historic Site. Trail End is a division of Wyoming State Parks.  For more information or directions, visit our website at www.trailend.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/trailend, or call us at 307-674-4589.

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