The Center’s New Borrow a Backpack Adventure
Adventure awaits students and teachers who visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West this school year! Beginning this fall, the Center offers Borrow a Backpack – a unique self-guided experiences that allows students and teachers to dive into the West in a new way.
The Borrow a Backpack program has been simmering for a long time. As we assessed the options we could potentially provide these school groups, we knew we did not want to create a laundry list of objects to search for in a scavenger hunt. Instead, we wanted to help students and teachers delve a little deeper, while uncovering the meanings and stories behind our amazing collections. A sense of discovery and relevance were essential in the development of our new Borrow a Backpack program.
After spending the summer fine-tuning our school services, we are ready to launch our Borrow a Backpack program through our natural history backpack and art card pack.
Natural History Borrow a Backpack
Teachers can reserve the natural history Borrow a Backpack to guide students through the habitats of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in our Draper Natural History Museum. They will journey through the alpine, mountain forest, mountain meadow, and plains basin habitats. As they explore, teachers and students will work together to discover the amazing animals that live in these habitats and why. Hands-on objects such as animal furs, pinecones, a piece of beaver chewed wood, and a pronghorn’s horn are all an integral part of this backpack. Teacher cards assist groups on their journey with content appropriate for a K-5 audience. Cards also contain activities and discussion suggestions developed to engage students in this natural world.
Art Card Borrow a Backpack
Our art cards pack contains a deck of art cards. Classes can borrow these cards to help them look deeper into the historical and contemporary artwork of our Whitney Western Art Museum at the Center. Cards fall into three categories. The first group of cards contains words that describe elements or emotions related to artwork. The second card group helps students study color in art, and the final set of cards contain portions of artwork in our collection. Students and teachers are challenged to look at the details of paintings and sculptures in a fresh way. Ideally, students will embrace their own feelings and perspectives of the artwork the Center highlights.
How to Borrow a Backpack?
All packs must be reserved prior to a school’s field trip. Contact Megan Smith at [email protected] to learn more! Note that self-guided field trips to the Center cost $2/student. However, there is no extra fee to Borrow a Backpack. All school service offerings meet national and state standards across multiple disciplines.
Join the Borrow a Backpack adventure next time you visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West!
Learn more about all of our school services by visiting our website.