Youth Outdoor Day Aug. 26 in Hyattville

Youth from across the Bighorn Basin are invited to participate in the upcoming Medicine Lodge Kids Outdoor Day- an exciting and fun filled day of outdoor activities on August 26 at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site in Hyattville.

“This is a great opportunity for kids to get outside, have fun and learn a new outdoor skill,” said Tara Hodges, information and education specialist with Wyoming Game and Fish.

Participants will be divided into age groups, then rotate through six stations.  Children ages 8-10 will practice archery, cast fishing poles, shoot air rifles, and learn about rockhounding, basic camping skills and animal tracks.   Kids ages 11-12 will shoot .22 rifles, pan for gold, throw atlatls, identify macro invertebrates on Medicine Lodge Creek and learn what it’s like to be an archaeologist.   Ages 13 and over will ride mountain bikes, sharpen their shotgun skills, practice on a ropes course, learn to cast fly rods and learn about flint knapping.

 New this year, the Little Explorers tent will offer children ages seven and under an opportunity to participate in self-guided activities with their parents that include coloring, making animal tracks and much more. The Little Explorers tent will be open 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The event, co-sponsored by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Wyoming State Parks, will take place at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site in Hyattville. Participants should be prepared to spend the entire day outdoors, bring plenty of drinking water and sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes. Lunch will be provided.

Participants must pre-register and check-in between 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. August 26; activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m.  Deadline for pre-registration is Monday, August 7.  Those that register by Aug.7 will receive a free t-shirt at check-in.  To obtain a registration form, contact the Cody Game and Fish office at 307-527-7125 or Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site at 307-469-2234.  A $15.00 fee is due at time of registration.  Space is limited to 24 participants per age group and will be filled on a first registration basis.

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