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K-12 Educational Tour Options

We inspire, educate and conserve through our exhibits, programs and outreach with a commitment to wild sheep since 1993.

The National Bighorn Sheep Center is proud of our growing education program. We welcome teachers, youth or adult program leaders, or other organizations to schedule a field trip to visit the Center or arrange a tour with our Traveling Education Trunks. More about our learning opportunities is below.

Field Trip to the National Bighorn Sheep Center

Our staff and volunteers welcome school groups of any age and size. We are happy to provide guided tours of exhibits and include educational activities, discussions, or documentary films. Tours are customized based on the age group and specific fields of study.  School groups are responsible for their transportation.

Admission for school groups is $2/student and $5/adult.

Call (307-455-3429) or email in advance to schedule an engaging and memorable visit for your students.

Outdoor Adventures in Torrey Valley

The Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat Management Area is the winter habitat of our Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep herd.

Guided tours out to the field greatly add to the experience of a Sheep Center visit. Students will learn about bighorn sheep habitat, biology, and history of the area. Customized tours allow students to explore more specific content and topics like: 

  • geology 
  • biology 
  • petroglyphs and history
  • botany

Tours are $75 for groups of 30 or less. Larger groups need to coordinate with the Outreach Coordinator for availability. 

School groups are responsible for their own transportation to/from site. 

Virtual Tours, Traveling Education Trunks and Classroom Presentations. 

School groups outside the Dubois area can still have an engaging and memorable learning experience with our wildlife and wild lands.

Virtual Tours and Traveling Education Trunks provide a hands-on, up-close look at the life and lifestyles of bighorn sheep. Trunks can be shipped anywhere in the contiguous United States. Shipping costs are covered by generous donors.

Virtual tours are scheduled based on the trunk’s arrival date. They include educational videos along with a private guided museum tour on Zoom.

Virtual tours are $2/student and $5/adult.

Classroom Presentations are available upon request. If you are interested in having one of our staff members present a lesson in your school, call (307-455-3429) or email to discuss topics and scheduling.

Exhibits

Explore the world of the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. The central display, “Sheep Mountain”, is a 16-feet tall diorama that recreates the summer and winter habitats of the Bighorns. This exhibit includes plants and other wildlife that share bighorn sheep habitat. Our dioramas include full-body taxidermy mounts of grizzly bears, marmot, wolves, golden eagle, mule deer, chipmunk, pika, coyote, mountain goat, bushy-tailed woodrat, mountain lion and more!

Other Center exhibits include hands-on interactive displays that will engage, educate and entertain visitors of all ages! Feel the weight of a mature bighorn ram’s horn, identify wildlife tracks, scat and fur samples, and listen to a variety of local people telling their own bighorn sheep story. Center exhibits also examine predator/prey relationships, the survival strategy of migration, and see the mountain environment through the eyes of a bighorn sheep. We occasionally have temporary special exhibits in the Ronald W. Ball Memorial Gallery as well as in the main exhibit hall.

Ronald W. Ball Memorial Gallery

In memory of Ronald W. Ball, this Gallery honors Ron, who helped create the Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation through his dedication to bighorn sheep conservation in Wyoming. The small Gallery hosts a theater space where educational films, temporary special exhibits including artwork and photography, and educational programs are regularly hosted.

Sheepeater Indian History

The Bighorn Sheep Center also features information about the Sheepeater (also called the Mountain Shoshone) Native Americans. This culture inhabited the Dubois area for thousands of years and had a strong connection with wild sheep. Examine a re-creation of an ancient Sheepeater Indian sheep trap, and make your own drawing of a petroglyph based on an original design that was created hundreds of years ago. See handmade winter boots made from bighorn sheep fur. Ponder the skillful creation of a sheep horn bow, a highly prized possession among the early inhabitants of this area. Part of the Sheepeater display includes a collection of replica stone and bone tools, hand-tanned bighorn sheep hide, and many other items all made with material from bighorn sheep. The Sheepeater displays are unique to the Bighorn Sheep Center. Come and learn!

Wyoming Science Curriculum Standards at the NBSC

If you are interested in learning about the Wyoming science curriculum standards that can be met using our lessons, activities or materials, click WY science curriculum standards at NBSC.

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Additional Resources

Bighorn Sheep Adaptations – Videos from NBSC:

Other Videos from NBSC:

Want to know the differences between wild sheep and goats? Watch this silly video to learn! Sheep and Goats from Parks Canada 

Videos About Pneumonia in Bighorn Sheep  

  • Wild and Wool film – Bighorn sheep, an icon of the American West, battle to survive as contact with the infectious disease, Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (M. ovi), carried by domestic sheep threaten these wild herds.
  • Running with the Herd – Biologist Jack Hogg has been studying a herd of wild bighorn sheep on Montana’s National Bison Range for more than 35 years. When Jack’s herd gets infected with a deadly form of pneumonia, he goes in search of answers.
  • Running with the Herd: The Recovery – Facing their own pandemic, a decimated Bighorn sheep population, featured in the 2018 NATURE short film “Running With The Herd,” begin their spectacular comeback
  • Wild Sheep in the West – In this recorded Instagram Live Show, the Wyoming Wildlife Federation interviews Kevin Hurley, a 40-year career wildlife biologist and current Vice-President of Conservation & Operations at the Wild Sheep Foundation. Kevin has been involved in all aspects of Bighorn sheep conservation, from transplants back in the 80’s to helping fund pathogen research with Bighorns now. This is a great overview of where populations of wild sheep used to be, how conservation has helped bring populations back significantly, what factors threaten sheep now, and what the average person can do to help.

Lessons and Curriculum

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