Field expedition participants keep their eyes open for eagles in June 2010. C.R. Preston photo.
Discovery Field Trips
Join other Wyoming middle school students on a great adventure throughout the Greater Yellowstone region. Wouldn’t you like to observe wildlife, camp in the forest, learn how to explore nature through art, and make new friends this summer? Participants become scientists, contemplate their role in the natural world, develop leadership skills, and learn to solve complex problems.
Programs are open to students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the coming fall. All trips depart from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West at 8:30 a.m. We will return the following afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Please pack a lunch for the first day.
This summer’s trips:
- An Eye on Eagles, June 19 – 20 (Overnight at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West): Golden eagles are an integral part of Wyoming’s natural landscapes. We will study these amazing predators, while conducting field research with Draper Natural History Museum Curator Dr. Charles Preston. Through nest observations and prey surveys, we will learn all about the behavior and ecology of these magnificent birds.
- Protecting our Place, July 23 – 24 (Camping in Shoshone National Forest): Wyoming’s pristine waters provide habitat for fish, insects, and numerous wildlife species. They are also essential to local farmers and ranchers. We will learn more about stream ecosystems and the quality of the waters, and learn ways to keep them safe. We will also have fun on the river exploring the recreational opportunities.
- Art and Nature, August 6 – 7 (Camping in Shoshone National Forest): The Yellowstone area has inspired artists for centuries! With the beautiful landscapes as our backdrop, we will use art to explore the wilderness around us. Using a variety of mediums and techniques, we will look at art and nature in a whole new way.
To register, e-mail Emily Buckles or call her at 307.578.4110. Space is limited, so register early. Cost: Non-members $75 per field trip; members $70 per field trip (scholarships available).
This program is made possible through a grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation.
Field Trips and Expeditions
During the spring and summer, our staff members often lead field trips and expeditions for a personal experience in the wilds of the Greater Yellowstone region. Recent trips have included:
- Winter Eagle Watch
- Owl Prowl
- Sage Grouse “Spring Fling”
- Predator Parade
- Geology East of Yellowstone
For more information on field expeditions, e-mail Draper Curator Dr. Charles Preston or call 307.578.4078.