Glendo State Park Hosts Beautification Day

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An opportunity to help beautify Glendo State Park is offered to volunteers during Beautification Day, August 17, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Volunteers can help keep the park beautiful by helping clean up trash at several campgrounds and roadsides throughout the park.

We will meet at park headquarters at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the 17. All willing and able volunteers are invited to participate. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please bring sunscreen and plenty of water!

Interested persons are encouraged to call park headquarters at 307-745-4433 to sign up.

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State Trails Advisory Board to Meet September 6 in Sundance

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A meeting of the Wyoming Trails Advisory Council will be held, September 6 at 10 a.m. at the Best Western Inn, Sundance.

Agenda items include discussion of the Recreational Trails Program and the Trails OHV Partnership grants.

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.

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Medicine Lodge Archaeological SIte Kid's Outdoor Day, Aug. 24

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       Contact: Medicine Lodge, 307-469-2234

            Youth from across the Bighorn Basin are invited to the upcoming Medicine Lodge Kids Outdoor Day - an exciting and fun filled day of outdoor activities for kids Aug. 24 at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site in Hyattville.  

            “This is a great opportunity for kids to get outside, have fun and learn a new outdoor skill,” said Tara Hodges, information and education specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  “ Pre-registration is required and those that register by Aug. 7 will receive a free t-shirt and water bottle. To ensure a quality experience space is limited so we encourage participants to register soon.” 

            Participants will be divided into age groups, then rotate through six activity stations.   Children ages 8-10 will practice archery, cast fishing poles, shoot air rifles and learn about rockhounding, basic camping skills and macro invertebrates.   Kids ages 11-12 will learn how to use a GPS, shoot .22 rifles, pan for gold, throw atl atls and dig for artifacts.   Ages 13 and over will sharpen their shotgun skills, practice on a ropes course, cast fly rods, learn about birding and investigate a wildlife crime scene with professionals from the Wyoming Game and Fish Forensics Lab in Laramie.  

            Once again, the Little Explorers tent will offer children ages 7 and under an opportunity to participate in activities accompanied by a parent that include nature bingo, making animal tracks, fish painting and much more. The Little Explorers tent will be open 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

            The event, co-sponsored by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Wyoming State Parks, will take place at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site in Hyattville. Participants should be prepared to spend the entire day outdoors, bring plenty of drinking water and sunscreen and wear comfortable, close-toed shoes.  Lunch will be provided.  

            Check-in on the day of the event is between 7:30 - 8:15 a.m.; activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m.  Registration forms can be downloaded from the Game and Fish website or obtained by contacting the Cody Game and Fish office at 307-527-7125 or Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site at 307-469-2234.  A $15.00 fee is due at time of registration.  Space is limited to 24 participants per age group and will be filled on a first registration basis.

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Quebec 01 State Historic Site Grand Opening Weekend Scheduled Aug. 17-18

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Contact: Christina Bird, 307-777-7878

 

A grand opening celebration weekend for the Quebec 01 State Historic Site is scheduled for August 17-18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Persons wishing a “first glimpse” of the site can tour the facility beginning August 13. Admission to the facility is $6 for adults, $5 for military, $2 for children ages 12-17, and 11 and under free.

 

The site offers exhibits on the history of the site, the Peacekeeper Missile and the end of the Cold War. Self-guided tours of the topside facility and guided tours of the capsule are available every 30 minutes.

 

Reservations can be made in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 307-777-7878 which is the Historic Governors' Mansion. Reservations are encouraged as only 12 people per tour are allowed in the capsule.  Reservations of up to 6 people per tour may be made in advance. 

 

Quebec 01 is located west off of I-25 at Exit 39.

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Buffalo Bill State Park Celebrates Great Dam Day

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Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center during Great Dam Day, August 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center along with Buffalo Bill State Park host this year’s event at the Visitor Center located six miles west of Cody on HWY 14/16/20.

In addition to the events planned, there will be different interpretive learning stations located below the visitor center on the old road to Yellowstone below the dam.

Through cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation, the old dam road is open one time during the year, allowing the public to walk or ride bicycle to take in the views.  Rides back to the top will be available. 

Fat Racks BBQ and Brain Freeze will have food and cold treats available for purchase at the visitor center lot.

Buffalo Bill Dam was completed in 1910 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Buffalo Bill Dam was the tallest dam in the world upon completion. Construction began in 1904 and work was dangerous, difficult and tedious.

The completed water storage supplies four irrigation districts encompassing over 93,000 acres of farmland.

2019-Buffalo-Bill-Great-Dam-DayYouth and adults alike will find the views and history fascinating. Staff and volunteers will be on-site to answer questions and provide assistance.

The event is open and free to the public. For any questions, please contact the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center General Manager Brad Constantine, at (307) 527-6076.

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Guernsey State Park Hosts Second Annual "Movie on the Lake"

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The Second Annual Guernsey State Park “Movie on the Water” features the horror classic “Lake Placid,” August 10 at the Sandy Beach Boat Ramp Day Use Area. The movie is scheduled to begin at dusk.

Lake-PlacidParticipants will be required to watch the movie from the water, seated in inner tubes. Other forms of floating devices will not be permitted. The Park will provide the inner tubes.

Seating is limited so folks are urged to call 307-836-2334 to reserve their inner tube. Special rules and regulations that will be enforced for this program. 

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Sinks Canyon Kids Caving Event Aug. 6-9; Spots Still Available

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Contact: Amanda Atkinson, 307-332-6333

An amazing experience underground is offered during the Sinks Canyon State Park annual Kids Caving Extreme event, August 6-9. Tours run from 10:30 a.m. until noon, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Youth ages 18 and under are invited to participate in a guided tour of Boulder Choke Cave and experience what it’s like in an underground and 2019-Kids-Caving-Extremeundeveloped cave. The highlight of the adventure is the reappearance of the Popo Agie River.

Children nine and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of ten cavers per time slot. Helmets and lights are provided.

Participants are asked to not wear any clothing or shoes that have been in any other cave in the past five years. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required.

Register at the Sinks Canyon State Park Visitor Center beginning May 16. Caving liability forms must be signed by a parent or guardian before the tour begins.

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Registration Now Open for 2019 Plein Air in the Parks

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Plein Air in the Parks is a collaborative weekend event presented by Wyoming State Parks, the Wyoming Arts Council, and the Lander Art Center.

Taking place Sept. 12-15 at Sinks Canyon State Park, this painting and drawing competition pairs talented artists with beautiful locations, and offers cash prizes to top participants. 

Registration for youth and adult categories is now open and available online a thttps://2019pleinairintheparks.eventbrite.com. Early bird registration is available through Aug. 15 and is $35.00 for artists. Regular and walk up registration after Aug. 15 will be $50.00. A reduced rate for college students is available for $15.00 and a youth division rate for those under the age of 18 is available for $5.00. Artists will have the option of selling pieces produced at the event during the reception. 

Beginning on Sept. 12, participants will first stamp their canvases at the Lander Art Center (224 E. Main St.) or at Sinks Canyon State Park Visitor Center (3079 Sinks Canyon Road). From there artists can look forward to a weekend of outdoor, on location, plein air painting in Sinks Canyon State Park. At least 75% of entered works must be produced outdoors and within the bounds of the park.

“Wyoming State Parks is excited to partner with both the Lander Arts Center and the Wyoming Arts Council to bring this unique and memorable program back to Sinks Canyon State Park again this year. Whether you're an artist or an art lover, this a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of the canyon," says Chris Floyd, State Parks Regional Manager. "The quality artwork that emerged from the program last year altered our perception of the park.  Seeing Sinks Canyon through the eyes of the artists was like seeing it for the first time all over again."

The competition will be judged anonymously by a panel comprised of those with an arts background, representatives from the community, and individuals familiar with Sinks Canyon State Park. The Best in Show Cash Award will be $1,000, while 2nd and 3rd place prizes go for $500 and $250 respectively. The public is invited to attend a reception on Sunday, Sept. 15 and cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award, a $250 cash award and purchase artwork produced during the event. Prizes for youth categories include a cash award and gift cards to the Lander Art Center. 

For full rules and regulations, visit wyoarts.state.wy.us/wac-program/plein-air

For more information, contact Rachel Clifton, Wyoming Arts Council, at 307-777-5305 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jamie Simonson, Sinks Canyon State Park, at 307-332-6333 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Glendo, Guernsey State Parks Allowing Propane and Charcoal Grills

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Despite recent fire restrictions instituted by the Platte County Commission, an enjoyable camping experience is still possible at Glendo and Guernsey state parks.

Propane grills and stoves and charcoal grills can still be used to prepare popular camping dishes and provide adequate warmth. These grills must have covers/lids and be within an arm’s length when lit.

However, as always park patrons are reminded that possession of all fireworks is prohibited.

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