PHOTOS: ‘Medicine Lodge Kids Outdoor Day’ offers gold panning, shooting practice, atlatl throwing and more

Maichak with game and fish supports a participant of the Medicine Lodge Outdoor Day at the shotgun station. (Wyoming Game and Fish Section)

CASPER, Wyoming – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Wyoming State Parks are hosting Medicine Lodge Kids Outdoor Day on Saturday, August 28 at the Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site in Hyattville.

The event offers activities for children of all ages, with participants divided into different groups.

“The Little Explorers tent will be open from 8:30 am to 11:00 am to allow children ages 7 and younger to participate in parented activities,” said Game and Fish. “Activities include a nature scavenger hunt, making animal tracks, carving petroglyphs, and more.”

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Children ages 8-10 will throw fishing rods, shoot air rifles, practice archery, and learn some basic camping skills.

“Children ages 11-12 build birdhouses, shoot .22 rifles, search for gold, throw atlases, dig for artifacts, and learn about macroinvertebrates,” adds Game and Fish. “From the age of 13 you will sharpen your shotgun skills, practice in the high ropes course, cast fly rods and assist fishery biologists with electrofishing at Medicine Lodge Creek.”

Dan Marty, Superintendent of Buffalo Bill State Park, supports the participants of the Medicine Lodge Outdoor Day in panning for gold. (Wyoming Game and Fish Section)

Check-in for the event will take place on August 28 between 7.30 a.m. and 8.15 a.m. Activities start at 8:30 a.m. and the day ends at 3:30 p.m. and sunscreen and should wear comfortable shoes close to your toes. Lunch will be provided.

Participants can download registration forms online or contact the Cody Game and Fish office at 307-527-7125 or the Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site at 307-469-2234.

There is a $ 15 fee to register. The number of participants is limited to 24 participants per age group according to the first-come-first-served principle.

“This is a great opportunity for kids to get outside, have fun, and learn a new outdoor skill,” said Tara Hodges, a wildlife and fish information and education specialist. “Pre-registration is required and those who register by August 9th will receive a free t-shirt and a water bottle. To ensure a high quality experience, space is limited, so we recommend that participants register soon. “

(Wyoming Game and Fish Section)