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17 May 2022

Wyoming State Parks recognizes "Every Kid in a Park" for seventh straight year

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For the seventh year, Wyoming State Parks is partnering with state and federal partners in celebration of a program instituted in 2016 during the National Park Service’s 100th year anniversary. As part of this effort, Wyo Parks will sponsor and promote “Every Kid in a Park”.

The “Every Kid in a Park” program provides every 4th grader nationwide the opportunity to obtain a pass that grants the student and their family free admission to more than 2,000 federally managed lands including national parks, monuments, forests, wildlife refuges and more.

Fourth graders, as well as parents and educators, can get passes by visiting the program’s website at: www.everykidoutdoors.gov

As a complement to the federal program, Wyo Parks will honor the “Every Kid in a Park” passes through August 31. Passes are good for free entrance/day use at any Wyoming state parks, historic sites, or recreation areas. 

For more information, contact Wyo Parks Headquarters at 307-777-6323.

11 May 2022

Quebec01 Historic Site to Begin Summer Schedule

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Quebec01 Historic Site to Begin Summer Schedule

The Quebec01 State Historic Site will begin its summer schedule on May 17th until further notice. The site will run seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first tour down to the capsule will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. daily; with the last tour of the capsule starting at 4:30 p.m. daily. Reservations are not required, but can be made if desired by calling the site directly at: 307-422-3425.

For questions, comments, or concerns, contact Site Superintendent Alexis Pratt at 307-777-7878.

03 May 2022

Guernsey State Park to Host Annual Wyoming BioBlitz

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Guernsey State Park to Host Annual Wyoming BioBlitz

You can be a volunteer scientist!

From birds and insects to flowers and trees, the Wyoming BioBlitz seeks help in this one-of-a-kind opportunity for families and outdoor recreationalists to get up close and personal with Wyoming’s natural assets. The information gathered from community members during the weekend of June 10-12 will help us better understand how Guernsey State Park acts as vital habitat for a variety of species. Come discover a hidden Wyoming gem, survey wildlife, and have a blast!

A BioBlitz is a 24-hour period in which the public team ups with biologists to search for and document as many plants, animals and insects as they can find within a certain location.

The Wyoming BioBlitz has taken place in a new location each summer since 2008 to learn about our unique ecosystems throughout the state. In addition to contributing to science, the BioBlitz provides a hands-on opportunity to learn from experts. Participants meet local scientists and learn how they study their subjects. No experience needed, only a willingness to dig in and have fun learning.

Participants of all ages and interests are welcome.  Registration is required. Learn more at http://rockies.audubon.org/bioblitz.

Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails, the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute, and Audubon Rockies have organized the event. Additional partners include Wyoming State Forestry, Wyoming State Museum, Teton Science School, Rocky Mountain Herbarium, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.


About Guernsey State Park

Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails protect and enhance the natural and cultural environment by providing enjoyable, educational and inspiring experiences for present and future generations. 

Guernsey was the first cooperative venture between the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service, and the Civilian Conservation Corp to develop a public recreation area. It provides the finest examples of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work in the Rocky Mountain area including the elaborate Museum, Castle Picnic shelter, and an extensive network of trails. The entire park provides valuable habitat for all types and species of wildlife. The riparian areas, open grasslands, canyons, and timbered hillsides provide excellent locations to watch for the many species of birds and animals that call Wyoming home. Learn more at https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/places-to-go/guernsey.

About Audubon Rockies

Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon Rockies is the regional office of the National Audubon Society serving Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah with science, education, and policy. Learn more at www.rockies.audubon.org.

About the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute

The UW Biodiversity Institute fosters conservation of biodiversity through scientific discovery, creative dissemination, education and public engagement. In this setting, scientists and citizens, students and educators, come together to share a wealth of perspectives on the study and appreciation of biodiversity – from microbes to poetry and ecosystems to economics.  Learn more at www.wyomingbiodiversity.org.

 

29 April 2022

Sinks Canyon State Park temporarily closes Grade II Wall vicinity

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Sinks Canyon State Park is closing the Grade II wall vicinity on the southside of the canyon due to peregrine falcon activity in the area.

This area will be closed until further notice as these birds of prey move through nesting, egg-laying, and hopefully successful fledging of chicks. 

The area is physically marked with signage so that visitors are aware.

We appreciate the public’s understanding of the need for such adaptive management and we are proud of the voluntary compliance of climbers, hikers, and other park users in the past. 

For more information, please contact Jamie Simonson atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 307.332.6333.

29 April 2022

Wyoming State Museum traveling exhibits on display at Wyoming Territorial Prison

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Two Wyoming State Park traveling exhibits, “Empire” and “Howdy” will be on display at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site in Laramie May 1 through October 1.

The exhibit chronicles the history of Wyoming Exodusters – African American settlers, who moved West in the decades following the Civil War.

Howdy consists of a series of period postcards depicting Wyoming scenes. The exhibit considers the postcard as a communication device and advertiser of Wyoming’s natural and cultural landscape. Color and black and white images illustrate how postcards have promoted Wyoming as a “vacation dreamland” and a “wonderland of the West.”

For more information, please contact Renee Slider, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 307-745-6161 at the Wyoming Territorial Prison in Laramie.

The Wyoming Territorial Prison is located at 975 Snowy Range Rd. in Laramie.

The Wyoming State Museum offers travelling exhibits for rent free of charge to museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. For rental or exhibit information please contact Carlos Santos, Curator of Exhibits, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

27 April 2022

Sinks Canyon State Park to host Star Party

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Sinks Canyon State Park is celebrating the upcoming International Dark Sky Week by hosting a Star Party Saturday, May 7, at 9 p.m.

This event, set up in the Visitor Center parking lot, is free and open to the public. Telescopes will be provided and the Central Wyoming Astronomical Society will be set up for programming. All are welcome - dress warm for when the sun goes down!

This stargazing event is the second step in efforts to become a dark sky site. Sinks Canyon staff recently replaced all outdoor lights to be international dark sky association approved.

For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 307-677-2461.

25 April 2022

State Trails Advisory board to meet May 20

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Members of the Wyoming Trails Advisory Council will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, May 20 in Lander. 

The public can listen in to the meeting via Google Meet by accessing the following information.

WY Trails Council meeting
Friday, May 20 · 9:00am – 3:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: 
https://meet.google.com/fyc-yiyi-qms
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 252-421-9291 PIN: ‪729 152 700#

 

Agenda items include approval of the Recreational Trails Program FY2023 Guidelines, 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.  

25 April 2022

Wyoming State Parks partnering with Rock Springs entities to host "Succ it -- Friday the 13th" event

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Wyoming State Parks, Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce, and Sweetwater County Young Professionals (SWYP) are teaming up to tell Friday the 13th to “succ it” with a make-your-own succulent arrangement class.

Round up your girl gang, get the bros together, make it a date night, or come to make new friends - this event is open to any adults looking for Friday night fun. 

Join us Friday May 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Sidekicks (507 Broadway St.) in Downtown Rock Springs. Pre-registration of $24 will get you a ticket for dirt, plants, and all your supplies to make a succulent terrarium. Sidekicks will be open for purchasing a glass of wine, charcuterie board, or espresso creation.

We are happy to be teaming up with local businesses such as Sidekicks Book & Wine Bar and Sunshine Nursery!

Find event details on Facebook or email angelina.stancampiano@wyo.gov for links to registration. Pre-registration and payment is required - https://checkout.square.site/buy/UK2DW7I5VPLYVXOPHO45T5IT.

Learn about plants that survive and thrive in the arid environment of SW Wyoming - and the easiest to keep alive in your home with our interpretive park ranger in a fun and hands on program.

20 April 2022

Wyoming State Parks open registration for Bear River, Sinks Canyon summer camps

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The Shoshone District of Wyoming State Parks offers two summer camp opportunities with the theme: “Water, Wildlife, Wyoming”. 

Camps will take place at Bear River State Park in Evanston June 15-17 and at Sinks Canyon State Park in Lander June 22-25. These are day camps from 9:00-2:00 for 9 to 12-year-olds. 

Wyoming State Parks Interpretive Rangers will guide campers through activities, along trails, and into the water to explore all that Wyoming has to offer.

Camp registration can be accessed online through the Evanston Chamber of Commerce for Bear River and Sinks Canyon Natural Resources Council for Sinks Canyon. 

Bear River: https://www.evanstonwyo.com/events/details/summer-camp-8560

Sinks Canyon: https://form.jotform.com/220647170024143

Scholarship opportunities are available from Sinks Canyon Natural Resource Council and Evanston Chamber of Commerce, due May 15th. 

https://forms.gle/FaDv68XKW4wXTxEc7.

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