After a wet start to the season, the Sheridan Recreation District is off and running with summer programs. Adult softball, Webb Wright Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball are a couple of weeks into their seasons. Aside from a few rained out games, we are very happy with how things are starting out.

Kendrick Pool opened its doors on June 1 for the first day of open swim. K-Life started things off with a pool party for the youth of Sheridan and open swim followed that at 1 p.m. Nothing says summer like spending time at an outdoor pool.

Tennis lessons started this week. We are offering two sessions of tennis lessons: session one goes twice a week through June and session two goes twice a week through July. Lessons are offered to youth and adults. Tournaments will also be hosted on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. for all age groups.

There is still time to sign up for youth softball. We are very excited as we transition the older groups into a fast pitch league. There is a coaches meeting June 10 and practices will start a week or so after that.

We are excited to start rolling with our outdoor education programs. Beginning June 10 — in partnership with Bighorn Mountain Guides — youth ages 8 to 15 will be heading into the Bighorns to rock climb. Nick Flores is a certified climbing guide and teaches the full range of rock climbing instruction.

Knot tying, equipment use, technique and etiquette are all components to learning the skills of rock climbing.

At the end of the month, June 24-26, we will be offering an Outdoor Adventure Camp. This will take place at Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area. At this camp, children will go rock climbing with Bighorn Mountain Guides, learn outdoor science skills with Sarah Hackworth and learn about their surroundings in the Bighorn Mountains.

We are also continuing our Fresh Air Fridays hiking program. These trips are open to youth ages 8 to 14 years old. These day trips are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and we travel to places like Tongue River Canyon, Black Mountain Fire Lookout, Bucking Mule Falls and Coney Lake.

I think it is great to make a trip to the Bighorns and see vehicles with license plates from all over the state and region. Outdoor recreation and the tourism it brings is a great economic driver for Sheridan County. My priority at the Sheridan Recreation District, however, is to provide an opportunity for folks that live in our community that may not have a chance to go hiking or rock climbing or spend time in the mountains.

Jamy Shassetz has joined our team as the summer intern. She will be working with the outdoor recreation programs, aquatics and coordinating an event she develops at the end of the summer. We are very excited to have her with us.

Summer has just begun and everyone has made their schedules for the season. Folks will be running children from activity to activity, down to the pool or out to summer camp. As busy as life gets, don’t forget to take time to enjoy the summer and this beautiful place we call home.


Seth Ulvestad is the executive director of the Sheridan Recreation District.