Getting To Know Our Volunteers - Mike Bardgett

Getting To Know Our Volunteers - Mike Bardgett

These are the people who make it happen!

Meet our newest volunteer: Mike Bardgett

Welcome Mike Bardgett! 

Mike is a new volunteer through the Experience Works program at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center working with the BLM interpreters.  Mike hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma and Garden City, Kansas,the hometowns of his youth.  He served in the Marine Corps for six years and then moved to Wyoming where he graduated from Casper College and subsequently the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management/Conservation.

Mike spent his career working with the Bureau of Land Management in the areas of wildlife, range management and fighting fires. He spent 5 summers with the Wyoming State Parks at Independence Rock as an interpretive docent.  In the off season he worked with special needs students in the Natrona County School District.

A very busy man, Mike serves as a volunteer and board member for Casper’s Retired Volunteer Services Program (RSVP) and on the Parish Council at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.  Mike volunteers at the Werner Wildlife Museum giving talks and conducting programs on history and wildlife at the Natrona County Public Library and other venues.  He also volunteers at Independence Rock.  Mike enjoys bird watching and can be found photographing and journaling wildlife as he observes it. 

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is so fortunate to have Mike here with us!  Come visit and meet this fine gentleman soon!


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Temporary exhibit on display through June 29th! Come check out these photos.
  Docent Graduation 2019
Docents graduate to lead tours!
  New Scrim in the Mormon Handcart Cold Room Theater
The scrim in the Cold Room theater of the Mormon Handcart Gallery was vandalized and in need of repair. The Foundation ordered new material, and Carol Thorup volunteered to sew the hems and pockets to make this piece ready for installation. Installation is COMPLETE! It looks wonderful! Maintenance is an important part of keeping world class exhibits ready for our visitors! Many THANKS to Jared Fleming who maintains this facility and Lance & Carol Thorup who generously donate their time!
  Volunteer Luncheon was a HUGE success!
We celebrated the many fine folks who volunteer their time here at the Trails Center on Saturday, October 13 as the snow rolled into town. A feast from HQ BBQ and cake made with love by Jean Smart at Ridley's bakery filled our bellies, and Jason Vlcan presented a magnificent slideshow highlighting the wonderful adventures our volunteers enjoyed this past year! Come volunteer with us! We promise fun and crazy weather at the very least!


National Historic Trails
Interperative Center

1501 N. Poplar St
Casper, WY 82601

(307) 265-8030

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Tuesday — Sunday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Always FREE Admission - to the Trails Center

Our Mission:

To enhance and maintain the interactive exhibits, dioramas and award-winning orientation movie at the National Historic Trails Center.

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