Teacher and Student Resources
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers these many resources for teachers and students, including tour maps, Skype in the Classroom lessons, and our Education Opportunities Guide.
NEW! Explore Plains Indian Culture and History
Looking to enrich your curriculum with primary resources through photos, art, and oral histories? This rich content will help teachers and students, whether they have visited the Center or not. Visit the following links to explore Plains Indian culture and history.
Learn about village life from the historic era.
Explore the economic and spiritual importance of buffalo to the Native people of the Plains.
Discover the ceremonial aspects of Plains life.
Reflect on the changes and innovation that have taken place in the cultures of Plains people since being placed on reservations.
Educational Opportunities Guide
and find out more about the educational opportunities you can find with the Buffalo Bill Center of the 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.
Borrow a Backpack
Consider checking out one of our new backpacks while at the Center! This new resource will enhance your self-guided field trip experience through hands-on learning. Click here to find out more. Call 307-578-4028 today to reserve a backpack and other materials for your field trip.
BRAND NEW! Teacher Guides for our Guided Tours
The following guides are available for teachers to print. Each guide contains objectives, standards, pre- and post-visit activities, and a resource list. Click on the images below for each tour to view its teacher guide.
BRAND NEW! Scavenger Hunts
Scavenger Hunts are available now for self-guided exploration on your field trip to the Center. Please print scavenger hunts for your students prior to your field trip visit.
Click on the photo below to download our scavenger hunts. This document contains scavenger hunts for all museums, except the Cody Firearms Museum.
Skype in the Classroom
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is part of Skype in the Classroom. You can visit the Center virtually by signing up for one of our participatory lessons. Click here to learn more about our partnership with Microsoft in Education’s Skype in the Classroom—and then schedule a lesson with us! Microsoft in Education has recognized the Center as an Educator Community Influencer, an Educator Community Contributor, and a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator.
BRAND NEW! 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.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West also offers outreach trunks, learning kits, and DVDs on a variety of subjects, including western art, history, culture, Yellowstone natural history, and more. Click here to find out the details and submit a request online.
Center of the West Online Collections
Visit our new Online Collections database, where you and your class can browse our artifact collection and create your own “Virtual Exhibits.”
Online Games and Interactives
Don’t miss our new online games and interactives—as fun as they are educational.