Wyoming State Parks, Teton Science School partner to launch Outside Resource Guide

state parks 75th logo(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails in partnership with Teton Science Schools announced the launch of a WY Outside Resource Guide, event calendar and map.

A part of the WY Outside Initiative, the Resource Guide serves as a web-based tool for families and communities to find and have access to child, youth and family-friendly events, activities and programs.

“We are proud to have worked with our partner, Teton Science Schools, to make spending quality time outside more attainable for Wyoming families,” Ashley Rooney, Wyoming State Parks youth coordinator said. “The Resource Guide will be an invaluable source of information for children, youth, and families to experience the great outdoors.”

Public lands throughout Wyoming, as well as events are also indicated in a map component of the Resource Guide. This service is free and available to the public. Federal, state, public and private groups may sign up to post their events to the calendar.

To view the calendar, go to: http://gis.wyo.gov/wyoutsideresourceguide/ . To sign up to create an account and add events to the calendar go to: http://gis.wyo.gov/sphsadmin/ParksLogin.aspx.

Wyoming groups and organizations are invited to create an account an add their events to the calendar.

The online sites were developed through the State of Wyoming’s Enterprise technology Services division.

journal_tss_new_logoWY Outside is a consortium of public and private organizations with a shared stake in promoting outdoor recreation to children and families. Members include representatives of federal and state agencies, NGO’s and the health and recreation industries.  Developed in 2008, the purpose of WY Outside is to foster the mind, body, and spirit of youth and families by inspiring long-term appreciation of Wyoming outdoors through education, interaction and adventure.

The 2010 Our Children and the Outdoors: Wyoming Survey, 59% of Wyoming parent respondents to the survey reported living within 5 miles of natural, undeveloped areas for outdoor play.  However, only 49% of parent respondents reported that their children participated in formal outdoor programs.  The WY Outside Resource Guide will serve as an important tool for children and their families to learn more about public lands and outdoor events near their homes.

Teton Science Schools were founded in 1967. Since that time the schools have been educating, training and inspiring students of all ages, achieving the mission of connecting people, nature, and place through education, science and stewardship.

The schools enjoy a reputation as an innovative environmental education center, and the programs serve as models worldwide. Teton Science Schools’ Kelly Campus in Grand Teton National Park serves as home for the Graduate Student Program and a selection of residential education programs for youth, while the new nearly 900-acre Jackson Campus is home to the Pre-K through 12th grade Journeys School, the Teacher Learning Center, the Conservation Research Center, and an array of residential education programs for school groups, families and elders.

Teton Science Schools’ Wildlife Expeditions offer responsible year-round wildlife observation and natural history explorations throughout Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Located in Eastern Idaho, Teton Valley Community School serves students Pre-K through 6th grade.  www.tetonscience.org

For questions about the Resource Guide, please contact Ashley Rooney, Wyoming State Parks Youth Coordinator at 307-777-6560, or Leslie Cook, Teton Science Schools’ Teacher Learning Center Faculty, at 307-734-3736.