Another school year is well underway with teachers and students settling in with their new classes. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West gears up for students and teachers, too, as yellow school buses become a more and more frequent sight in the Center’s parking lot.
This year, the Center once again offers free field trips to Park County’s K-12 schools—public schools, private schools, and home school groups. The Stephen M. Seay Foundation, the Bargain Box (an outreach of Christ the Episcopal Church of Cody), and additional anonymous donors make the trips possible.
“I believe so strongly that the Center is a resource to our local teachers and students. We want to be as accessible to the K-12 audience as we can,” explains Megan Smith, the Center’s K-12 Curriculum and Digital Learning Specialist. “Our field trips, outreach, and our website offer so much to help teachers. And if you can’t find what you are looking for, contact me I’ll help you find the resource—or even develop an experience at the Center to enrich your classes.”
The free onsite field trips include guided tours about natural history, Plains Indian Culture, Buffalo Bill, mountain men, homesteading, and western American Art. In addition, there are self-guided/teacher-led field trips and the always-popular museum adventures throughout the year. The Center’s Draper Museum Raptor Experience is not included with these free opportunities.
The Center’s Education Department is developing two Museum Adventures this fall. The first is International Archaeology Day Museum Adventure on October 18 for grades 3–5 and October 19 for grade 2. All stations are hands-on, participatory, and meet multiple standards in social studies and science. Stations include a dive into what trash tells us about people today, a glimpse into what archaeologists 1,000 years into the future might learn about our culture, and so much more! The second Museum Adventure is I-Spy Art, November 10, for kindergarten–grade 2.
Teachers should visit centerofthewest.org/learn for more information about all the Center’s school offerings, including Museum Adventures. Educators can also register online for all school programs, or contact Megan Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4028.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.