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Our Work and Education

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.

Camp Bighorn!

Who: Youth ages 9-12

When: August  9-12 2021

Where: Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp, Dubois, Wyoming

What: 4-day Summer Camp focused on Bighorn Sheep and their habitat

Check this link for all-things Camp Bighorn!

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.

Stay connected – Join our Facebook group and sign up for emails  to stay up to date on the latest NBSC happenings.

Online Educational Resources Organized by Grade Level

Pre-school- Adult

Bighorn Sheep Adaptations – Videos from NBSC:

Other Videos from NBSC:

Elementary –  Middle School

Elementary –  High School

Elementary – Adult

  •  400 Miles to Cross: The Interstate 80 Wildlife Barrier – This film shows that I-80 is an almost impenetrable obstacle to movement of pronghorn, mule deer and elk. The highway has severed or truncated migration corridors from as much as 150 miles away.  But, Wyoming and other Western states have the science and the tools necessary to fix this problem.  
  • “Who Am I?” Activity –  Test your knowledge of the animal world! Can you name the animals based on the clues?
  • 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

Middle School – High School

High School – Adult

  • 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.

Other Educational Resources

Field Trip to the National Bighorn Sheep Center

  • Our trained staff and volunteers welcome school groups of any age and any size. We are happy to provide guided tours of the exhibits, as well as activities, discussions or films customized for a group’s age or specific interests. Call (307-455-3429) or email in advance to schedule an engaging and memorable visit for your students. Admission for school groups is $2/student. If this cost is prohibitive, please contact us about potential sponsorships.
  • Information for teachers and students when planning a visit can be found here: Tips for school visits to Dubois Museum and NBSC

Field Trip to Torrey Valley

  • Our experienced staff and volunteers offer guided tours to the Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat Management Area, which is the winter range of the Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep herd. This tour is a great addition to a Sheep Center visit. Students can learn about bighorn sheep habitat and biology in the field. This tour can be customized to explore specific content and topics.

Traveling Education Trunks

  • Can’t bring your class to the National Bighorn Sheep Center for a tour? We’ve got you covered! No, we can’t send you a live bighorn, but our Traveling Education Trunk will help provide you and your class a hands-on, up-close look at the life and lifestyles of bighorn sheep. We can ship a trunk anywhere in the contiguous United States (you just cover the shipping costs).
  • Call (307-455-3429) or email to reserve your trunk. The lesson plan and trunk contents can be found here: Education Trunk contents and lesson. The contents of the trunk can be modified based on your educational needs.
  • If you are interested in having one of our staff members or volunteers bring an education trunk to your classroom and present the lesson for you, call (307-455-3429) or email to discuss.

iNaturalist Citizen Science Project “Dubois Invasive Species Watch”

In early 2020, working with our partners with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (Lander Regional office), we prioritized the development of a new citizen-science led effort to help identify and record locations of invasive plant species in the larger Dubois area. Lots of Dubois-area residents and visitors have expressed desire to help our local bighorns and other wildlife in a tangible form, and we all agreed that prioritizing this citizen-science opportunity was a great fit!

Using the fun and user-friend app called “iNaturalist” we developed the Dubois Invasive Species Watch is a Citizen Science Project to help land managers identify the extent of invasive species in the area surrounding Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat Management Area and the larger Dubois area. Bighorn sheep are a community-wide iconic wildlife species that depends heavily on intact winter range and migration corridors. Rapidly responding to invasive species infestations will help maintain habitat for this and other wildlife species in the area.

Everyone can help! All you have to do is upload the iNaturalist app onto your devise, join the project (Dubois Invasive Species Watch), and while you’re out and about hiking, riding or exploring the beautiful landscapes around Dubois within the project area, keep your eyes out for some of the more common (and wildlife-challenging!) invasive species and make observations with your phone. The specific locations, photos and descriptions of the plants you see will be uploaded to the project site and used in real-time by habitat biologists.

We hosted a free zoom training for volunteers on May 28, 2020, and a link to this recorded video session can be viewed by clicking this link. You can also see the powerpoint itself (without video) by clicking this link: DuboisInvasiveSpeciesWatchTraining. Additionally, please check out this flier below for how YOU can help in this ongoing project to help our local wildlife:

Flier

Exhibits

Exhibits at the National Bighorn Sheep Center

Come 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

Examine a recreation 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. Ponder the skillful creation of a sheep horn bow, a highly prized possession among the early inhabitants of this area.