• 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 here: WY science curriculum standards at NBSC

Below, you can see our LAMBS (Lessons, Activities and Materials about Bighorn Sheep) program offerings.

Lessons and Classroom Resources

Wyoming Bighorns: On the Edge? Lesson Plan

Wyoming Bighorns: On the Edge? PowerPoint Part I

  • Are the bighorn sheep in Wyoming on the Edge? Find out using this lesson plan which involves population graphing and discussion of factors that affect bighorn sheep survival. Wyoming Science curriculum standards this meets are outlined in the lesson.

How Many Bighorns Can Live in this Habitat?

  • 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. Wyoming Science curriculum standards this meets are outlined in the lesson.

Activities

Field Trip to 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.

Education Outreach Events

Materials

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.

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. This is a great resource to for students to use before a visit to the NBSC or as a post-visit follow-up.

Additional educational resources can be found on our partner, the Wild Sheep Foundation, website here.

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Camp Bighorn!

More information coming soon!

Who: Youth ages 9-12

When: July 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.