The Interpretive Association
The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center is operated by a not-for-profit organization, the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Association. We have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors, most of whom are members of the Dubois community.
Current Board of Directors:
- Mark Hinschberger, President
- Bruce Thompson, Vice-President
- Kathy Treanor, Secretary
- Mary Ann Eastman, Treasurer
- Trudy Trevarthen
Interim Executive Director:
- Sara Domek
- Ramona (Monie) Finley
- Carolyn Morrison
Sara Domek named as Interim Executive Director
With the start of 2015, we are excited to announce some changes at the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center. The Board of Directors for the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Association has named Sara Domek as Interim Executive Director of the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center. Domek joins Administrative Assistant Monie Finley, who has been with the Interpretive Association for over twelve years. Domek brings an impressive range of experience, skills, and enthusiasm to the Center as the organization moves into the future, continuing to educate the public about the biology and habitat needs of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and encouraging the active stewardship of our wildlife and wild lands. Domek says, “I look forward to helping lead the Center with new direction and energy in 2015. I am passionate about bighorn sheep and their habitat, and I can think of no better place than Dubois to continue to learn and share about this incredible resource here in our backyard.” We thank all our many supporters and look forward to the opportunities this New Year provides Dubois and the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center.
A Little History
The citizens of Dubois have always felt great pride in the proximity, accessibility and successful endurance of "our" herd, the Whiskey Mountain herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. In the late 1980's, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was considering building some type of small-scale sheep observatory with interpretive signage at Whiskey Mountain. At about the same time, the Louisiana-Pacific lumber mill, which had been the primary engine driving the Dubois economy for decades, was faltering. The mill was forced to close in 1988, leaving the town to wonder if their economy was facing imminent failure. Dubois needed something to encourage tourists to stop and stay a little longer. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department wanted an avenue for public education. A suggestion was made to put a bighorn sheep-themed visitor center "in town". In a rather remarkable effort of co-operation, a partnership developed that included a broad spectrum of private- and public-sector groups. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the town of Dubois, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Wild Sheep Foundation (formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep), the Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation and many other entities and individuals contributed dollars, resources, talents and guidance to construct the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center. The Center was opened to the public on July 3, 1993.
The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Association is primarily funded by memberships, admission fees, gift shop sales, donations, grants and special fundraising events.