Lectures and Films

Lectures and Films

Explore the American West through our lectures, presentations, and videos. Take a look at what’s coming up, and click a video to watch past programs.


Our lectures cover western American subjects including art, wildlife, natural science, Plains Indian history and culture, firearms, and the Greater Yellowstone region.

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone

Draper lunchtime expeditions explore topics about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions

Join us the first Thursday of each month for a Lunchtime Expedition. These free lectures explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues. Lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch.

  • August 7: Dr. Mark Elbroch with the Secret Social Lives of Mountain Lions.
  • September 4: Martin Grenier with The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Nongame Management.
  • October 2:  Mike Jimenez with Wolf Management from Endangered Species Act to State Management: What Lies Ahead?
  • November 6: Dr. Craig Lee with Archaeology and Retreating Glaciers.
  • December 4: Kevin Hurley with Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Special program series

And don’t miss our special July evening program series co-hosted by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition: July 18, 22, and 30. Each program is preceded by a reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m., with the program at 7:30 p.m.

  • July 22: Cinematographer Bob Landis with Catch Me If You Can about Yellowstone’s wolves
  • July 30: Michael Leach with Grizzlies on My Mind

Whitney Western Art Museum Lunchtime Lectures

  • July 17: Kevin Red Star and Daniel Gibson with Kevin Red Star: Crow Indian Artist
  • July 24: John Giarrizzo with An Artist/Teacher at Work: Reflections on a Residency at the Whitney
  • August 28: Mindy Besaw with Today’s West: Contemporary Art from the Whitney Western Art Museum

Film Archive

Are you interested in learning more about some of the subjects we delve into here at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West? Here is a selection of full-length videos of several presentations that have taken place here at the Center in the past.

Click each video’s icon or title to play

"Play" iconImplications of Cutthroat Trout Declines for Breeding Ospreys and Bald Eagles at Yellowstone Lake
Presentation by Lisa Baril (2013)

"Play" iconApart or A Part: Man’s Place in the Natural World
Presentation by Chris Madson

"Play" iconGray Wolf Management in Wyoming
Presentation by Mark Bruscino

"Play" iconThe Life and Enduring Legacy of Rachel Carson
Presentation by John Rumm

"Play" iconThe German Wild West: William F. Cody and Karl May
Presentation by Julia Stetler and Andre Kohler

"Play" iconSpirited Discussions (extended) with Louis Warren
Discussion with John Rumm

"Play" iconWilliam F. Cody and the Commemoration of Little Bighorn
Presentation by Chris Dixon

"Play" icon Whitebark Pine Ecology: Management of an Ecosystem in Decline
Presentation by Dan Reinhart

"Play" iconLet’s Talk Yellowstone to Yukon
Presentation by Harvey Locke

"Play" iconWhispers in the Rock: Stories from Northwestern Wyoming Strata
Presentation by Gretchen L. Hurley, BLM Cody Field Office

"Play" iconAtlas of Yellowstone
Presentation by Andrew Marcus, Jim Meacham, and Ann Rodman

"Play" iconNew Views of Yellowstone’s Thermal Features
Presentation by Cheryl Jawarowski, Geologist for Yellowstone National Park (2012)

"Play" iconThe Wolves of Yellowstone: The First 15 Years, 1995 – 2010
Presentation by Doug Smith, Biologist for Yellowstone National Park (2012)