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


Maichak with Game and Fish assists a Medicine Lodge Outdoor Day particapant at the shotgun station. (Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Wyoming State Parks will be holding the “Medicine Lodge Kids Outdoor Day” on Saturday, August 28 at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site in Hyattville. 

The event will feature activities for kids of all ages, with participants to be split into different groups.

“The Little Explorers tent will be open from 8:30-11 a.m. to offer children ages 7 and under an opportunity to participate in activities accompanied by a parent,” Game and Fish said. “Activities include a nature scavenger hunt, making animal tracks, petroglyph carving and much more.”

 Kids 8-10 years old will cast fishing poles, shoot air rifles, practice archery and learn some basic camping skills.

“Kids ages 11-12 will build birdhouses, shoot .22 rifles, pan for gold, throw atlatls, dig for artifacts and learn about macroinvertebrates,” Game and Fish adds. “Ages 13 and over will sharpen their shotgun skills, practice on a ropes course, cast fly rods and assist fisheries biologists electrofish Medicine Lodge Creek.”

Dan Marty, superintendent of Buffalo Bill State Park assists Medicine Lodge Outdoor Day participants with gold panning. (Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

Check-in for the event will be between 7:30-8:15 a.m. on August 28. Activities will kick off at 8:30 a.m., with the day set to conclude at 3:30 p.m. Kids participating should bring plenty of drinking water and sunscreen and should wear comfortable, close-toed shoes. Lunch will be provided.

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

There is a $15 fee due at the time of registration. Space is limited to 24 participants per age group on a first-come-first-served basis.

“This is a great opportunity for kids to get outside, have fun and learn a new outdoor skill,” said Game and Fish Information and Education Specialist Tara Hodges. “Pre-registration is required and those that register by Aug. 9 will receive a free t-shirt and water bottle. To ensure a quality experience, space is limited, so we encourage participants to register soon.”

(Wyoming Game and Fish Department)