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Virtual Field Trips

Take a virtual trip out West!

Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West by signing your class up for one of our free, interactive virtual field trips. Take your students on a journey that will uncover the wonders of Yellowstone, the adventurous lives of mountain men, the rich cultures of Plains Indians, and more. We will bring the museum to you (for no cost) through Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, Teams, or any other video conferencing platform.

Check out our lessons below and click through to more information about each one. For general questions, click the button below.

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An educator holds up a tablet as she presents a Virtual Field Trip with wolf specimens in the background.
An educator presents a Virtual Field Trip on fur trappers as he hold up an educational collection firearms to the screen.
An educator holds up a tablet that shows the class he's speaking to for a Virtual Field Trip

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Welcome to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem! Imagine animals high atop a mountain, nestled under a canopy of trees, hiding in a cool spot in the desert, or grazing next to a pond. Learn more | Book this lesson

Plains Indians & the Buffalo

How did Plains Indians use the hide, sinew, and bladder of the buffalo? While many tribes relied on the buffalo for food, shelter, and tools, buffalo were also central to many stories and beliefs. Learn more | Book this lesson

Plains Indian Cultures: Yesterday & Today

Journey from the past to the present as you learn about the vibrant cultures of northern Plains Indian tribes. Find out why these cultures are just as important today, as they were long ago. Learn more | Book this lesson

Buffalo & Westward Expansion

Bison have great cultural and environmental significance in the American West. This keystone species helps us think critically about past, present, and future challenges posed by Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion. Learn more | Book this lesson

Trappers, Traders, & Trailblazers: Mountain Men of the Rocky Mountain West

Let’s travel back in time to the 1820s—a time when mountain men were traveling from eastern towns to the Rocky Mountains, where they trapped beaver and lived adventurous lives. Learn more | Book this lesson

Do You See Me Like I See Me: Cultural Perspectives in Western American Art

Does artwork always tell an accurate story? How have Euro-Americans depicted Plains Indian culture? The answer: quite differently than how Plains Indians portray themselves and their culture through art. Learn more | Book this lesson

Owls of the Yellowstone Region

Found across the globe, owls have managed to survive as a group for more than 80 million years. What has allowed owls to thrive and become a vital part in the balance of nature? Learn More | Book this lesson

Falcons of Yellowstone

Falcons have developed some amazing adaptations like keen vision, special wing shape, and awesome speed to help them hunt in the wild. Learn all about falcons and even meet a live one! Learn More | Book this lesson

Journey Into Art

Ask your students to bring their I-Spy eyes as they journey into what makes art “art.” Is it color? Is it lines? Is it shapes? You guessed it—it’s all of the above and so much more. Learn More | Book this lesson

Building & Recycling Mountains

What goes up must come down! But what forces build mountains up and take them down as the Earth recycles them? Learn More | Book this lesson

The Yellowstone Hotspot: Right on Track

What’s the story behind the geysers, hot springs, and boiling mud pots found throughout Yellowstone National Park? Learn More | Book this lesson

The Waters of Yellowstone

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is home to the headwaters of three major river systems. Journey through these watersheds in this lesson. Learn moreBook this lesson

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7,300 field trips, 223,000+ students, 58 countries

Through our virtual field trips, we have dramatically increased the number of students we impact. This success would not be possible without the generous support J Bar 9 Ranch, Cody, Wyoming. The maps above show just how large our impact is—10 years, more than 223,000 students, 7,300 virtual field trips, all 50 U.S. states, 6 continents, and 58 countries including the U.S. and Canada.

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