• Our Work

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

Education

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.

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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Online Educational Resources Organized by Grade Level

Pre-school- Adult

Bighorn Sheep Adaptations – Videos from NBSC:

Other Videos:

Pre-school – Elementary

Elementary –  Middle School

  • Animal Migration Obstacle Course Activity – Be creative and get moving with this fun and educational do-it-yourself obstacle course!
  • Color Crazy – Learn about the different types of camouflage in nature and create your own creature using one of the types of camouflage described in the lesson. Fun and educational for all ages! The staff at the NBSC had lots of fun with this one. Stay tuned on Facebook for pictures of our creatures and a contest you can enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to the NBSC gift shop.
  • Disease Transmission Activity (Group Activity) – How does a disease spread within a herd of wild sheep?  Find out with this activity! Also included as an extension is a mini-lesson “How do germs get inside your body?”.
  • How Many Bighorns Can Live in this Habitat? (Group Activty) – Students will learn about food needs of bighorn sheep, identify a limiting factor and define carrying capacity by becoming a “bighorn” and looking for food with this activity and lesson.
  • Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt
  • On the Mountain Booklet – This publication by our partner, the Wild Sheep Foundation, is both educational and fun. Packed with information about wild sheep as well as a crossword puzzle, word search and maze.

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 – This film from the International Wildlife Film Festival, documents a year-long look at a dedicated research team racing to understand the complexities and challenges of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae in bighorn sheep.

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.

Camp Bighorn!

Go here for information about all-things Camp Bighorn!

Who: Youth ages 9-12

When: August 2020

Where: Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp, Dubois, Wyoming

What: 5-day Summer Camp focused on Bighorn Sheep and their habitat

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.


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