Baby goats reign over Lander yoga classes

Kinsley McClung has a visitor pass by while she and her mother, Jennifer, participate in a goat yoga class.

Let’s get the 800-pound gorilla out of the barn first – the 25-pound-or-so baby Boer goats ruled the yoga classes.

The white-and-brown smile makers were snatched up before and after the two goat yoga classes west of Lander in April and hugged and caressed, with yoga goers closing their eyes during the snuggles and then the goats closing THEIR eyes and drifting to sleep – or at least into a pretty high level of being centered.

Goat yoga was new to Lander – maybe to most of Wyoming – with University of Wyoming Extension educator Laura Balis proposing goat yoga as a fundraiser for the Fremont County 4-H Program. The sessions raised $686 ($250 from sponsors and $436 from participants).

Baldwin Creek Boers provided its barn.

Each baby goat was hoisted over a gate from the corral into the barn area converted into the yoga site, and participants brought their own mats to lie on the large blue tarp covering the dirt floor. Yoga practitioners followed session leader Jackie Lauer as inquisitive baby goats nibbled hair (smiles), walked between limbs (smiles), nuzzled against faces (smiles), and generally made themselves available to anyone (more smiles).

Baldwin Creek Boers’ Terrill Weston said they volunteered the facilities to help 4-H’ers. “I’m a UW grad and want to help out the extension folks anyway we could,” he said.

Becca Cross of Lander had just finished the first session and like many others stood holding a pretty-relaxed-looking baby goat.

“I feel lighter and giddier,” she said. “This is the most I’ve laughed in a yoga class. This was perfect. Just really light, a good class but entertaining, too, just to watch the goats. The baby animals make you smile.”

One woman with a friend was snuggling a baby goat (the baby goat, eyes closed, absorbing the hug) prior to the start of the first class. “I want one,” she soundlessly mouthed to her friend.

Cory Daly of Riverton liked the addition of goats to yoga.

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Annual Lander Garden Expo offers workshops, trade show

            A garden event with workshops and a trade show that drew more than 1,500 last year is Saturday, April 14, in Lander.

The annual Garden Expo is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lander Valley High School, 350 Baldwin Creek Rd., said Chance Marshall, University of Wyoming Extension educator.  The agenda and additional information is at www.popoagie.org/garden-expo.html.

The free event is focused on those who enjoy gardening, being in their backyards or enjoying the outdoors.

“It is one of our biggest events of the year, and we are hoping to grow more this year,” said Marshall.

Workshops by extension personnel and industry experts run throughout the day, he said.

Those include pruning and caring for grapes, bird watching, managing weeds in your backyard and barnyard, planting perennial pollinators, growing vegetables, caring for young trees, cover crops in the vegetable garden and marketing your farmers market business.

Lander goat yoga session raises money for Fremont County 4-H

Photograph of Laura Balis
Laura Balis

Yoga, baby goats and humans will mix in a Fremont County 4-H program fundraiser Saturday, April 28, in Lander.

All proceeds from the Goat Yoga Fundraiser go to the county’s 4-H program, said Laura Balis, University of Wyoming Extension educator. The cost is $10.

The event is noon-1 p.m. at the Baldwin Creek Boers barn, 2238 Baldwin Creek Rd. Jackie Lauer is leading the program, said Balis. She is a registered yoga teacher.

Balis said goat yoga is becoming popular across the nation.

“Enjoy a relaxing yoga class while you interact with baby goats,” she said.

Go to bit.ly/fremontgoatyoga to register. For more information, contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at lbalis@uwyo.edu.

Proper pruning, tree selection among topics at Lander workshop

Photograph of Chance Marshall
Chance Marshall

University of Wyoming tree care experts will provide hands-on pruning demonstrations during a free tree care and management workshop Tuesday, April 3, in Lander.

Insect issues and tree selection for the Lander area are also topics during the sessions 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Lander UW Extension office, 130 Eugene St., said extension educator Chance Marshall.

Marshall said pruning trees and diagnosing problems is important to keeping trees healthy and growing.

“Maybe you are interested in planting trees that will thrive in the Lander area but don’t know what varieties will work,” he said. “Maybe you are fighting blight or insects with adult trees?”

RSVPs are requested by Monday, April 2, by calling the Lander extension office at 307-332-2363 or for more information.

UW Extension program promotes senior fitness, independent living

Laura Balis distributing nutritional information pamphlets
Nutrition and food safety educator Laura Balis

An eight-week, group-based strength-training program is being offered this winter in Lander and Pavillion through the Fremont County University of Wyoming Extension office.

Extension nutrition and food safety educator Laura Balis said the “Lifelong Improvements through Fitness Together” classes promote strength, balance and flexibility with the goals of improving fitness and independent living in older adults. Nutrition education with an emphasis on fruit and vegetable consumption is also emphasized.

The Lander program is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 28, at the Lander Senior Citizen’s Center, 205 S. 10th St.

The Pavillion program is 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 11-March 5, at Wind River Recreation, 424 S. Main.

Weights are provided at each location.

Contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at lbalis@uwyo.edu for more information.