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Release Date: 07/16/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Trails Center Presents Edible Homestead Workshop

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act with a series of family workshops. The fourth in the series, “Edible Homesteads”, will take place on Wednesday Aug. 1 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Using a variety of edible materials, participants will have the opportunity to create a standing miniature homestead. “Early homesteaders used available resources to build their homes. Some dug into the sides of hills. Others cut sod blocks from the prairies; and others traveled incredible distances to retrieve building wood,” said interpreter Stacey Moore. “Our workshop is designed for participants to be creative and build with sticky, messy limited materials.”

All materials will be provided, and interpreters will be on hand to offer consultations about soddies and other houses used by homesteaders. Registration is required for workshop participation.  Cost is $2 for adults. Children are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Call (307) 261-7780 to register. Numbers are limited.

The fifth and final workshop in the series, “Braided Rugs,” will take place Aug. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. Call the Trail Center, (307) 261-7780 to reserve a spot today.

The NHTIC first opened on August 9, 2002. The Trails Center will provide a series of programs and activities in celebration of its 10th anniversary throughout August 2012. For more information, contact the Trails Center at (307) 261-7780.

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 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.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 07-16-2012