Events

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West shares the story of the American West in countless ways, including events, activities, programs, lectures, special exhibitions, and more throughout the year. Here’s what’s coming up.

Featured Events

Current Special Exhibitions


May 2015:

Open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Daily programs: Relaxing with Raptors, 1 p.m. in our Braun Garden. Meet some of the birds of our Draper Museum Raptor Experience and chat with their handlers.

May 19: Dr. George Frison with Hunting Mammoths and Extinct Bison through Archaeology: Earliest Evidence of Human Activity in the Big Horn Basin, 6:15 p.m. talk followed by reception. Co-hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

May 20: Buffalo Gals Luncheon, 11:45 a.m. Speaker M. Mark Miller with Sidesaddles and Geysers: Women’s Adventures in Early Yellowstone. $20 for Buffalo Bill Center of the West members; $30 for non-members. Reservations encouraged: call 307-578-4008.

June 2015:

Open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Daily programs: Hunters on the Wing Raptor Program, 11:30 a.m. every day in our Braun Garden. Informal Relaxing with Raptors Q&A at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

June 4: Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition, 12:15 p.m. Dr. Ingrid “Indy” Burke with Subtlety, Diversity, Resilience, and Importance of Grassland Ecosystems. Free.

June 6: Symposium on artist John Mix Stanley, in conjunction with opening of the special exhibition Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley. Find out more and purchase tickets online.

June 15: Dr. Robert Carson with The Ultimate Geologic Coincidence, 6:15 p.m. talk followed by reception. Co-hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

June 15 – 16: Art and Nature course for students ages 11 – 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days. Northern Cheyenne contemporary artist Bently Spang takes students into nature to create art using natural materials. Advanced registration required; $40 per student for members; $50 for non-members.

June 20 – 21: 34th Annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow, Robbie Powwow Garden on the Center’s grounds. Grand entries noon and 6 p.m. Saturday; noon Sunday.

June 23: Darn Good Doodling Family Workshop, 5 – 7 p.m. Northern Cheyenne contemporary artist Bently Spang leads children and adults in exploring their creative side—relax, create, enjoy, and draw. Advanced registration required; $20 per member family, $30 per non-member family.

June 26: Family Fun Day: Celebrating Native People, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Learn about Plains Indian culture through fun games, activities, and crafts. Included in regular admission.

July 2015:

Open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Daily programs: Hunters on the Wing Raptor Program, 11:30 a.m. every day in our Braun Garden. Informal Relaxing with Raptors Q&A at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

July 6 – 10: Art Camp with Michele Farrier for 1st – 4th graders, 9 – 11 a.m. $30 per student for members; $35 for non-members; advanced registration required.

July 6 – 10: Art Camp with Michele Farrier for 5th – 7th graders, 1 – 4 p.m. $30 per student for members; $35 for non-members; advanced registration required.

July 9: Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition, 12:15 p.m. Dr. Jeffrey L. Beck with Wildlife Response to Energy Development in Wyoming’s Sagebrush Steppe. Free.

July 17: Family Fun Day: Geology Rocks!, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Learn about the amazing geology of Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountains. Included in regular admission.

July 18: Hiking the Clark’s Fork Canyon. Join renowned geologist Dr. Marv Kauffman for a geological exploration of the amazing Clark’s Fork Canyon. Free and open to all; advance registration is requested.

July 20: Floating through Time for students ages 11 – 15. Explore our outdoor geology classroom with Rich Davis as we raft the Shoshone River. Cost is $20 per student for members; $25 for non-members; advanced registration required.

July 21: Dr. Cathy Whitlock with Yellowstone’s Past, Yellowstone’s Future, 6:15 p.m. talk followed by reception. Co-hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

August 2015:

Open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Through August 15: Daily programs of Hunters on the Wing Raptor Program, 11:30 a.m. every day in our Braun Garden. Informal Relaxing with Raptors Q&A at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

August 1: Coffee & Curators Event for Members: Refreshments and a talk and demonstration by Chief Conservator Beverly Perkins, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Free to members but reservations required.

August 6: Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition, 12:15 p.m. Susan Patla with The State of the Trumpeter Swan: Evaluating Twenty-plus Years of Monitoring Data in Western Wyoming. Free.

August 6 – 8: Buffalo Bill Invitational Shootout, co-sponsored by the Cody Shooting Complex, fuses firearms history and the present-day shooting sports. Find out more.

August 10 – 12: H-2-Oh! Discovery Field Trip for students ages 11 – 15. Learn about aquatic ecology and management issues. Departs Center at 8:30 a.m. August 10 and returns August 12 at 4:30 p.m. $70 members; $80 non-members; advance registration required.

August 14: Paddle Boarding and Stargazing Workshop, 8 – 10:30 p.m. Learn to paddle board or kayak and stargaze with Pete Idema. $35 per participant includes boat rental ($15 if you bring your own boat); advanced registration required.

August 15 – 31: Relaxing with Raptors, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in our Braun Garden. Meet some of the birds of our Draper Museum Raptor Experience and chat with their handlers.

August 18: Family Fun Day: Water of the West, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Learn all about water in Wyoming and the western United States through fun games, activities, and crafts. Included in regular admission.

August 29: The Science and Art of Matching the Hatch Workshop, 8 a.m. – noon. Join fisheries biologists Jason Burckhardt and Tommy Thompson on a thoughtful investigation of the aquatic insects of Wyoming’s streams. $35 members; $40 non-members.