Sheridan Event Hopes To Teach Appreciation Of Prairie

May 26, 2015

Credit Michael Berman's "Fence Line"

Coming up May 29 and 30 in Sheridan County, a pair of events will celebrate Wyoming grassland ecology. 20 artists and scientists will come together to present their work about a landscape many Wyomingites often take for granted: the prairie.

The events, called the Wyoming Grasslands Celebration Weekend, starts in Sheridan with a showing of the documentary, “The Ucross Experiment” at the Mars Theater at 7 p.m. Then all day Saturday at the Ucross Ranch, the photographers from  a touring exhibit of grassland images will offer photography workshops. Sharon Dynak is the president of the Ucross Foundation, a non-profit focusing on the arts. She says that’s only the beginning of the day’s events.

Credit Willy Sutton's "Johnson Ranch"

"We’re going to break for lunch. And then, in the afternoon, we’ll have workshops on hydrology, mapping, we’ll have a kid’s naturalist walk. We’ll be doing a bird walk. So there’s going to be a lot of different activities to do on the cattle ranch and really for people of all ages can participate.”

Photographers Michael Berman and William Sutton will also discuss their photography exhibit, “Wyoming Grasslands” at the day-long symposium. Dynak says they’ll even take visitors out into the field for a photography lesson.

“If people want to go out into the field and kind of experience what they did over the last couple of years, maybe they’ll share a few of their secrets about how to get those really extraordinary photographs. Because you know I think the landscape of Wyoming, it’s not that easy really to photograph but they know they’re doing,” she says, laughing.

Dynak says both events are free and open to the public. For information about the events, click here.