Wyoming Field Trips for Homeschoolers
There are so many field trip destinations available for families to explore in Wyoming. Whether you want to enhance your child’s history lessons, science curriculum or just need to get out of the house for some fresh air, you’ll find endless opportunities for fun and learning all throughout the state.
To get you going in the right direction, check out this printable map of Wyoming. Your student can become familiar with the state’s geography by locating the capital and major cities. Then, to enhance your Time4Learning lessons, be sure to download the free activity tie-ins at the end of this post to help supplement your field trips in Wyoming. Please make sure to contact each site before you plan your visit, as COVID-19 may have impacted their hours of operations.
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Homeschool Field Trips in Northwest Wyoming
- Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody – Home to five museums and a research library, you can easily make a day trip at this center that was established in 1917. Families can take part in a number of kid-friendly programs, explore the exhibits, and more as they learn about the people and places that are part of the American West’s rich history.
- Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Thermopolis – Dinosaur fans will love exploring this center that is located close to several excavation sites. Students will love gazing at the 50+ skeletons and learning about these magnificent creatures, many of which once roamed the area. Homeschoolers can take part in the dig site tours and several educational programs like Shovel Ready, Dinosaur Academy, and more.
- Washakie Museum, Worland – Families can explore all the interactive exhibits at this museum whose focus is the history of the Bighorn Basin. Homeschoolers will learn about the area’s people, geology, and more by checking out the galleries, attending special events, and getting hands-on with the museum’s numerous education programs.
- National Bighorn Sheep Center, Dubois – First opened in 1993, this center’s mission focuses on education about bighorn sheep and conservation of wildlife and wildlands. Families can browse the exhibits and interactive displays, take part in various education programs, and more as they learn about the area’s horned residents.
Homeschool Field Trips in Southwest Wyoming
- Grand Teton National Park, near Jackson – If you’re looking for an educational trip outdoors (and get in some P.E), this national park has you covered. Whether you want to hike, camp for a few days, take part in the ranger programs, or explore the visitor centers to learn about the area, there is plenty for families to see and do.
- National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson – With a mission to “collect, display, interpret, and preserve the highest quality North American wildlife art”, this museum features a diverse collection that includes art, sculptures, photography, and more. Students can explore the Puppet Theater, Children’s Discovery Gallery, and Artist’s Studio for a fun, hands-on experience.
- Yellowstone National Park – Established in 1872, Yellowstone holds the title of the country and the world’s first national park. With over 2.2 million acres spread across three states, nine visitor centers, thousands of miles of trails, hundreds of waterfalls, and world-famous attractions like Old Faithful geyser, families will definitely want to make a day trip of this exciting destination.
- Teton Raptor Center, Jackson – Homeschoolers with an interest in birds of prey will love visiting this center that first opened in 1991. In addition to education the public about raptors, this center is also a rehabilitation facility that cares for injured birds and a home to a dedicated research team. Families can learn through free programs and special events that take place throughout the year.
Homeschool Field Trips in Southeast Wyoming
- Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Fort Laramie – Travel back to the 19th century as you visit this location that was once a fur trading fort and later a military post. Families can explore the visitor center and museum, learn about the fort’s history by sitting in on interpretive talks, and even listen to bugle calls as you tour the restored buildings and other ruins.
- Grand Encampment Museum, Encampment – Make a day trip of this destination that features exhibits, artifacts, and more than a dozen historic buildings that tell the story of the area’s past. With a focus on copper mining, ranching, and timber, families can explore a blacksmith shop, stable, guard station, and more.
- Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum, Rawlins – Enhance your social studies curriculum by visiting the state’s first penitentiary that housed criminal from 1901 to 1901. Families can explore the museum and take a guided tour as they learn about it’s past and get the chance to see prison cells, solitary confinement, the exercise yard, and more.
- Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne – Learning state history? Don’t miss this museum that features tons of exhibits on all things Wyoming including Native American history, its national parks, natural resources, and more. The museum also offers activity guides, family days, and a Hands-on Habitats Lab for children.
- Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Cheyenne – Founded in 1978, families can learn about the state capital’s frontier past and so much more. Homeschoolers can explore the exhibits that include horse-drawn carriages and wagons, pioneer artifacts, art, and more, as well as take part in the museum’s various special events.
Homeschool Field Trips in Northeast Wyoming
- Devils Tower National Monument, near Hulett – This geologic feature is definitely a sight to behold. Homeschoolers can explore the interactive exhibits in the visitor center, hike the Tower Trail to get an up close look at the monolith, or check out the Circle of Sacred Smoke Sculpture. There are also ranger-led programs and activities for students to learn more about the area and its main attraction.
- Fort Phil Kearny Historic Site, Sheridan – Established by the U.S. Army in 1866, this fort’s purpose was to protect travelers on the Bozeman Trail. Homeschoolers can learn about its rich history, life at the fort, and more by exploring the grounds on their own or scheduling a guided tour. Signage and helpful staff are available to offer information and answer questions along the way.
- National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper – Enhance your geography curriculum by visiting this 11,000-square foot center that offers a look back at various parts of the area’s history. Exhibits include the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, the Pony Express Trail, and more. Families can take part in youth programs, living history events, and more.
- Casper Planetarium, Casper – There are so many things to do in Wyoming with kids and this one is a must for astronomy lovers and future astronauts. Families can explore the interactive exhibits at this planetarium that first opened its doors in 1966 or sit back in the 30-foot diameter dome. A full calendar of events features ever-changing shows for homeschoolers to learn about a wide range of topics.
WY Field Trips Unit Study Suppl.
Is there anything more fun than learning through field trips? To make your experiences at these destinations even more meaningful, Time4Learning members will appreciate this download of free activity tie-ins for each one.