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!


  Pioneer Barbie Clothing
Carolyn Thorup is a seasonal volunteer here at the National Historic Trails Center. She has lovingly made dresses, petticoats, skirts, blouses, and bonnets for Barbie to sell as a mini-fundraiser for the Trails Center Foundation. These outfits are exquisite in details and authentic in design. If you have a Barbie in need of a new pioneer outfit, please come check these out. Each is one of a kind. We're asking for a $20 donation per outfit--all proceeds benefit the Center.​​
  Patio Talks
Patio Talks are FREE to the public and start at 1:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.
  19th Century Flyfishing Originals
  Trails Center is now Casper’s Premier Visitors Center
The Trails Center now partners with the Casper Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to better help our guests with questions about our wonderful City of Casper and the surrounding areas. Come up and see us today!


National Historic Trails
Interperative Center

1501 N. Poplar St
Casper, WY 82601

(307) 265-8030

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Tuesday — Saturday
9:00 AM to 4:30 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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