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Bessemer Bend
Bessemer Bend
Credit: BLM

Bureau of Land ManagementNational Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Member Since: 09/16/2004

Contact: Stacey Moore

1501 N. Poplar St.
Casper, WY 82601
307-261-7780

NHTIC - 11 acres Bessemer Bend - 4 acres

Educational Partners: BLM - Casper Field Office, Natrona County School District, National Historic Trails Center Foundation

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Big Picture

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) hosts interactive exhibits on four nationally designated trails:  Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express Trails.  Interpretation begins with the wonderous overlook of the North Platte River, the river which thousands of emigrants followed on their journey west.  The site works to engage the public with historical interpretation of the significance of western migration as well as forging bonds with our public lands.

Another  BLM trail site, Bessemer Bend, is located not far along the river from the NHTIC.  This site provides an ideal location for studying both cultural and natural history,  and is utilized for educational excursions and lessons provided by NHTIC staff.

Program Description

The NHTIC HOL program provides youth with learning opportunities which reach a broad range of state and national curriculum.  Students engage in local history, science, and public relations.  Themes have included western migration, Native American history and culture, multiple use management, forestry and riparian systems, fire econogy, invasive species, recreation, oral interviews, and even volunteerism.

Outreach at the NHTIC includes an active youth History Club which meets monthly,  several stewardship outreach programs in the summer, and on-call teacher-requested programs throughout the year.

Special projects in 2013 included a historical trail trek along the national trail coridor in central Wyoming for at-risk youth,  an outreach program for the Boys and Girls Club, and school group excursions to Independence Rock and other trail sites.

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Hot topic: historic preservation and education

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Clean URL: http://www.handsontheland.org/profile/national-historic-trails-interpretive-center

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