School Programs and Resources
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West provides a variety of educational opportunities, school programs, and resources for K-12 teachers and students. Refer to the list below to learn about our onsite, outreach, and online offerings.
To learn more and to register on-line, click on the following program links:
- Guided and self-guided tours at the Center
- Indian Education for All Resources
- Lending materials including trunks and learning kits
- Museum Adventure Programs
- Skype in the Classroom
- MILES program for schools who travel from a distance: a traveling grant to help defray the cost of transportation and lodging
- MILES scholarships for schools throughout the region that cover the cost of admission for school field trips to the Center.
- Resources for Teachers and Students
NEW Teacher Professional Development Opportunities
The Center is excited to offer some exciting new professional development opportunities. We can visit schools in person, through Skype in the Classroom, or you can come to us. For more information about these workshops, e-mail Megan Smith or contact her at 307-578-4028.
Bringing Primary Sources Alive in Your Classroom
Primary resource challenge – think outside the box! During this professional development session, teachers will dive into the availability of online collections, library archives, art, and three-dimensional objects to use as primary resources. Teacher’s will leave with the tools to create their own lesson that they can bring back to their classroom. Center educators can design a program based on your specific needs.
What’s Art Got to Do with Science and Culture?
Let’s get creative in how teachers can bring art into their classroom. During this workshop, teachers will bring an interdisciplinary approach into how they can use art when covering content areas such as science, social studies, literacy, culture, and even math.
What’s the Story: Teaching with Objects in Your Classroom to Facilitate Student Centered-Learning
Did you every think different kinds of shoes have a story? Or maybe, different hats? Together we’ll work with teachers to uncover the hidden stories about objects centered around our Plains Indian collection at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Then teachers can take what they’ve learned back to their classroom. Visit our Skype in the Classroom page to learn more. Click on the photo below to get a sneak peek into this professional development experience.
Indian Education for All K-12 Resources
Visit our new Indian Education for All Resources page to access all our onsite, outreach, and online offerings that meet Montana and Wyoming’s Indian Education for All component in these state’s Social Studies Standards.
Want to learn even more? Visit our Resources for Teachers and Students page.
Working with Local Schools
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West helps local schools by providing free field trips to the Center for all Park County schools. This is made possible through the Stephen M. Seay Foundation, and other anonymous donors.
This summer the Center named 5th grade students from Westside Elementary in Powell, Wyoming, as winners of a project about their visit to Yellowstone. Visit the Draper Natural History Museum’s Seasons of Discovery to view the museum exhibit winner. Visit our blog to learn more about the winners and their projects.
Educational Opportunities Guide
This convenient guide contains all the details on our school services, including outreach programs to the schools.
For questions regarding school services please e-mail K-12 Curriculum and Digital Learning Specialist, Megan Smith or call 307-578-4028.
How are We Doing?
After you have taken part in our school services, whether it be a guided tour, a Skype in the classroom lesson, or another offering, return here to evaluate us with a short survey on that particular service: