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Wyoming Outdoor Expo returning to Casper after two-year COVID-19 hiatus

Students from Centennial Elementary School quietly sneak up on a fake deer during a field test for a hunting training class at a Wyoming Outdoor Expo at the Casper Events Center in 2018. Students used inert rifles and shotguns to "hunt" animal dummies placed along a trail behind the Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Outdoor Expo will be back in person and back in Casper in spring 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

For the past two years, the Wyoming Outdoor Expo was held online due to the pandemic. It will return to an in-person format from May 5-7, 2022 at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper, Game and Fish announced Monday.

“The best experience for kids is hands-on,” Game and Fish Hunter and Angler Participation Coordinator Kathryn Boswell said. “That’s where exploring and learning happens and how future conservationists become inspired to care deeply about Wyoming’s outdoors.”

Educators from across Wyoming can reserve space for class trips to the Expo.

“Expo is a free event appropriate for students in all grades,” Game and Fish Conservation Education Coordinator Ashley Leonard said. “Plan now for a memorable field trip this upcoming spring.”

Teachers interested in bringing their students to the Expo can register online. The deadline to register is April 8, 2022. Game and Fish added that grants to help pay transportation costs are available.

“At Expo, students will find themselves immersed in engaging activities like canoeing, archery, touching fish eggs and learning about fish hatcheries, seeing live animals, learning about wildlife and habitat management, dissecting a fish, solving a wildlife crime mystery, learning about outdoor safety, orienteering with a map and compass, bird watching, how to use binoculars and much more,” Game and Fish added. “Educators with questions may contact Ashley Leonard at (307) 777-4535 or ashley.leonard@wyo.gov.”

“The Wyoming Outdoor Expo is an event hosted in partnership between Game and Fish and the Wyoming State Parks’ Office of Outdoor Recreation. More details, vendor and volunteer sign-up and a full schedule of events will be posted at wyomingexpo.com.”