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Release Date: 10/31/13
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Trails Center Presents New Temporary Exhibit by Local Casper Youth: "Trail Journeys"

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) announces the opening of a new temporary exhibit titled “Trail Journeys.” The exhibit opens Friday Nov. 1, 2013 and will be on display throughout the month of November.

 The students ascending Rocky Ridge. 
The students ascending Rocky Ridge: Stacey Moore (BLM employee) Sarah Reed, Monika Reichelt, Lindsay Gordon, Melody Wales, Devon Miller, Melissa Fredericks, Morris Carter (driver), Dustin Wilson, Austin Nickle, and Jason Vlcan (BLM employee).
The exhibit is the creation of six high school youth from Casper who participated in a pilot project hosted this summer by the NHTIC staff to engage youth with the history on our national lands.

This June, the students walked and rode in a covered wagon along the overland trails from Sweetwater Station to South Pass, Wyo. Participants of the trail ride raised tipis for two nights, and came together as a group through the long days and uncomfortable nights.

“I think for me the most enjoyable part of this endeavor was seeing the students all come together as one, and work as a team to accomplish whatever needed to be done,” said BLM Interpreter Jason Vlcan.

The exhibit features poems, photos, and songs of their journey along the trails.  “We struck gold in having this very talented group of students for our pilot project. They have put together a brilliant exhibit showcasing their diverse talents,” said BLM Interpreter Stacey Moore.

A free showing of “Trail Journeys” will take place Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 from 7 to 8 p.m. which is open to the public. Students will showcase their work and share stories from the trail.

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 regular 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.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 10-31-2013