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    WSP awarded grant from Bronco Wild Fund to enhance access for women through Wyoming Wildflower Women

    Wyoming State Parks is thrilled to announce its selection for a grant from the Bronco Wild Fund, administered through America’s State Parks.

    This grant, aimed at fostering introductory access to parks, has been awarded to support Shoshone District Interpretive Ranger Angelina Stancampiano’s efforts in empowering women through outdoor experiences.

    Over the past two years, Ranger Angelina has spearheaded eight women’s campouts across four sites, garnering remarkable support from various entities including superintendents and other site staff, district managers, the Office of Outdoor Recreation, the Trails Office, Audubon Rockies, and numerous others. These campouts have served as platforms for introducing recreational activities and educational lessons such as caving, snowmobiling, ice fishing, wintertime survival skills, Leave No Trace principles, self-defense techniques, hiking, and more.

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    With the generous funding received from the Bronco Wild Fund, Wyoming State Parks in collaboration with Tribal Fish and Game is excited to announce the launch of Wyoming Wildflower Women with five introductory sessions at Sinks Canyon and South Pass City. The sessions, scheduled on specific dates from June to October, will cover diverse topics catering to women of all interests on an introductory skill level. Each session builds on the previous lessons, so participants are encouraged to attend the series. Women who attend four of the sessions will receive special gear from Bronco Wild Fund.

    The schedule includes:

    · June 16th: Animal Awareness
    · July 14th: Outdoor Survival
    · August 11th: Women’s History Trek
    · September 8th: Climbing
    · October: Caving

    Women aged 18 and above are invited to sign up for these enriching sessions by visiting https://wyoparks.info/WildflowerWomen

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    This grant will also provide gear for women at three campouts: Tribal Women Who Hike: Hot Springs State Park, Women Who Hike: History at South Pass City, and Women Who Hike: Fly Fishing at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site. Hot Springs and South Pass women have been selected, but the application for fly fishing at Medicine Lodge is open until June 30th: https://wyoparks.info/WWHMedLodge. Special gear is in store for Ranger Angelina’s backpacking session at Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Becoming An Outdoors Woman; a fantastic annual summer offering that women can apply for over the winter. 

    Wyoming State Parks District Manager Kyle Bernis said, “This is an amazing opportunity and a perfect way to partner with the Bronco Wild Fund. These funds will be used in the field to help Wyoming State Parks make maximum impacts and to do what we do best: improve communities and enrich lives.”

    This grant not only underscores Wyoming State Parks’ commitment to inclusivity and accessibility but also represents a significant step towards empowering women in outdoor recreation. By providing immersive experiences and valuable skills training, we aim to inspire confidence and foster a lifelong love for the great outdoors among women across our state.

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