SHERIDAN — WY Outside recently launched the 2017 WY Outside Challenge. This hands-on, outdoor program provides participants with an opportunity to complete a wide variety of outdoor activities throughout 2017, then document and submit their accomplishments on a scorecard and with photos.

To participate in the 2017 WY Outside Challenge, Wyoming youth and families can see and download the official scorecard. Scorecards are available online now and will also be distributed at a variety of WY Outside-endorsed events throughout the year.

The scorecard contains WY Outside Challenge activities such as hiking, camping in a yurt, sleeping out under the stars, catching a fish, going snowshoeing and climbing a tree. Points are awarded for each activity and participants keep track of their own score, taking a photo of each completed challenge.

All entries for the 2017 Challenge are due by Dec. 31. All printed photos and scorecards should be submitted to the WY Outside administrative coordinator. Every participant who obtains 200 points will receive a certificate proclaiming them a “WY Outside Challenge Master,” signed by Gov. Matt Mead and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. They will then be entered in a drawing to receive additional outdoor-themed prizes.

WY Outside is a coalition of various state and government agencies as well as small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose goal is to connect Wyoming children and families with the outdoors.

For more information, contact WY Outside administrative coordinator Ashley Rooney at 307-777-6560 or