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Release Date: 01/03/11
Contacts: Lesley Collins    

NHTIC Presents Program: "The Symbols of the Rainbow Snake"

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will present a program entitled, "The Symbols of the Rainbow Snake."

The one-hour program, free and open to the public, is on Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. The presenter is Oregon Trail Elementary teacher and NHTIC volunteer Janet Wragge.

The NHTIC is currently displaying an exhibit entitled “The Rainbow Snake.” The 18-foot mural was created by fourth and fifth grade students at Oregon Trail Elementary. Wyoming Arts Council member Paul Taylor, formerly from Australia, coordinated the construction of the mural.

The mural is filled with symbols that represent local and regional history, from the Black Hills of South Dakota, to the Bighorns and Casper Mountain of Wyoming. During the program, Wragge will unveil the meaning behind the symbols, including white footprints and a snake.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30. p.m.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

NHTIC   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 01-04-2011