Learn through Programs and Education
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s educational programs help our visitors learn in an enjoyable and educational atmosphere and so acquire a deeper understanding of the American West.
Plains Indian Map Project
This Plains Indian Map—created with generous funding from The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston—is a fusion of scholarship and educational interpretation. The map represents 230 years of movement on the Plains amongst more than 45 different Indian cultures. Territorial, treaty, reservation, and state boundaries flow in an animated timeline.
The innovative scholarship and interpretation showcased in this map is recommended for a broad audience, including K–12 teachers and students. Viewers can pause the online animation at any point to study a particular map.
Center Highlights Map
Are you and your family visiting the Center of the West on your own, or do you have limited time? Check out our Highlights Map!
Fun and educational! Supported in part by the R. Harold Burton Foundation.
- June 7–9: Art Camp with Michele Farrier for 10–12 year olds
- June 7–9: Art Camp with Michele Farrier for 13–16 year olds
- June 23–25: Plains Indian Arrows workshop
- June 29: Plains Indian Games for 9–11 year olds
- July 6: Bike and Rock Talk family outing
- July 11–13: Teton Adventure Discovery Field Trip for middle schoolers
- July 24, 26, 28: Little Aspiring Artists for 3–5 year olds
- July 25: Floating through Time field trip for middle schoolers
- July 31–August 4: Colorful Creations for 6–9 year olds
- July 31–August 4: Colorful Creations for 10–12 year olds
- August 11–12: Plains Indian Food workshop
- August 17: Plains Indian Games for 9–11 year olds
Click here for a flyer about all of the above programs.
If you’re visiting the Center of the West with children, you’ll find lots of interactive experiences in our museums, but when the kids need a break, visit our new outdoor, western-themed play area in the Cashman Greever Garden, near Buffalo Bill’s Boyhood Home. Burn off some of that excess energy!
Draper Museum Raptor Experience
Don’t miss the amazing birds of our Draper Museum Raptor Experience for their daily programs. Check the date, and then follow this schedule:
- September 16 – May 31: “Relaxing with Raptors” at 1 p.m. each day the Center is open. An informal question and answer session with a few of our birds and their handlers.
- June 1 – August 15: Three programs daily at 10 a.m. (The Night Shift—Owls of the Yellowstone Region), 2:30 p.m. (Superheroes of Nature), 4:30 p.m. (Talon Talk)
- August 16 – September 15: Two “Relaxing with Raptors” programs daily at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Interested in scheduling a field trip? Borrowing an outreach trunk? Learning about our MILES program? Check out all of our school offerings in our 2016-2017 Educational Opportunities Guide.
You can also click on School Programs to get more details and to register for a field trip, museum adventure, or outreach trunk.
Skype in the classroom
Do you have a class of students who would love to find out more about mountain men and fur trappers? About Plains Indian culture and tipis? About the adaptations of animals to their environment? Watch this video to learn more about our partnership with Skype in the classroom!
Click here to find out more about individual Skype in the classroom lessons.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West hosts regular lectures on interesting topics all about the American West. Click here to find out more.
For more information, e-mail Interpretive Specialist Emily Buckles, or call her at 307-578-4110.