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Release Date: 07/26/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Lessons from Nature: The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Encourages Families to Spend Time Outdoors

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) in partnership with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is presenting a family stewardship program on Aug. 7.

Between 1836 and 1869, thousands of westward-marching pioneers walked the banks of the North Platte River, which flows through Casper. Crossing the river was a major endeavor which left many stories to tell, some joyful and many painful.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) interpreters Jason Vlcan and Liz Thyfault will present stories of the crossings during a walk along the Platte River. Stand on the banks of the river and hear the voices of pioneers exalting their successful crossing or words of woe for ones swept forever downriver.

WGFD Information Specialist Robin Kepple will also be on hand to interpret the North Platte River ecosystem and the animals that depend on it for survival. Furs and hides will be shown as well.

The group will gather at 10 a.m. under the gazebo at the Crossroads Rotary Park near Mike Lansing Baseball Field located off North Poplar Street. The program is free, but space is limited. To make reservations, please call (307) 261-7780.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, hats, sun screen, and bug spray. Expect this program to last approximately 1 hour. The hike is outdoors so participants should carry adequate water and snacks.

This family-friendly hike is part of the BLM’s “Take it Outside” initiative, which encourages families and youth to explore the great outdoors.

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 summer hours, and is open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 07-26-2012