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.
Contact: For reservations
Phone: (307) 261-7780