Education and Outreach

Last Modified on January 7, 2020

Outdoor Education Programs and Activities

Weston County Natural Resource District provides many education programs and activities throughout the year. A list of these programs is included here, more information is available in the District office or from Lacey Sloan (307-746-3264 ext 4).

Transformers: Explore the life of amphibians as they complete their life cycle transformation.

Includes age appropriate levels of basic origami to incorporate the visual transformation from one form to another.

Masters of the Night: The decline in bat populations is due to misinformation and fear. Learn about the various species of bats located near you! Also, discover why bats are beneficial to you and your environment!

Unclean Scene: Caring for our water resources is a challenge for each of us, but through conservation we can learn ways to protect our precious water. This program teaches how our activities can influence our watershed, discusses point and non-point source pollution and provides solutions to prevent water pollution.

Wyoming Wild: We can learn a lot about a creature by observing basic characteristics about them. This program challenges all senses to identify native animals found in the Wyoming. Includes skulls, furs, pictures, and tracks.

Nature Detective: This outdoor activity challenges individuals to discover many different natural resources. Using all senses, individuals are on a mission to find things that are found on the observation sheet (i.e. find something that feels rough, find something that has a square, something that smells sweet, identify a sound from outside.) Then at the end, make a lasting memory you can take with you.

Whatís the Buzz?: In a honeybee hive, every bee has a job and every job is important! Learn through pictures and replicas how all bees work together to keep the hive alive.

Crumple Watershed: The watershed surrounding Newcastle/Upton is the backbone for Beaver Creek. Individuals will gain understanding and knowledge of the physical aspects of watersheds by creating their own watershed models through this hands on and simple activity. Learn what exactly a watershed is, and how healthy watersheds are important for a healthy environment for us and wildlife.

Reptilian Riddles: Test your knowledge and see if you can solve the riddles about different types of reptiles. Learn what makes each one unique.

Creatures of the Night: Animals that come out at night should be creatures of wonder not of fright! Understand why certain animals come out at night and how they benefit from being nocturnal and why they play an important part in keeping nature balanced.

Edible Aquifer: Aqua- what? Learn through making your own aquifer exactly what it is and what it does! This involves layering the individual levels and drilling your own well to learn how surface water can affect the water you drink!

Oh Deer!: Deer are able to live in a variety of environments which provide the four habitat parts the deer need to survive. This interactive activity shows individuals that limited resources can limit populations.

Beavers, Natureís Engineers: Beavers have many physical adaptations that help them thrive in its environment. Learn about these adaptations while we dress a volunteer to mimic a beaver!

Fashion a Fish: Fish have unique adaptations to successfully survive in their environment. Learn what adaptations different types of fish have and fashion your own fish!!

Fall/Spring Colors Walk: The natural beauty and brilliant colors of the autumn season allows us to see spectacular things. Explore the colors of the outdoors and learn about leaf pigments and the benefits of leaves on the ground!

Squirrels Gone Nuts: In the fall squirrels rush to gather food for winter survival. Learn why squirrels hide their food and how they find their treasures later! Create your own squirrel and acorns!

Nature Journals: Creating nature journals will allow you to connect with and care for the natural world. This hands on craft allows you to make your own journal to record things you might find while on a hike. Either before or after the craft venture outside and observe various aspects of things you might want to record.

Un-Nature Hike: When using your observation skills you can discover the secrets of the forest. During this outing tune into nature and use your observational skills to find the unnatural things that have made their way into places they donít belong. Learn how you can do your part when hiking, biking, or walking outside. Take only pictures and leave only footprints.

Morning Hike: Hiking allows you to explore nature while stimulating your curiosity of the environment around you. Letís see what we can discover! (Can be tailored to school grounds)

Homemade Paper: Living in the Black Hills we have lots of trees and when they are logged the goal is to not waste a splinter of wood! Learn how we can make our own paper by reusing valuable wood fibers from scraps of waste paper.

The Incredible Butterfly: The unique features of butterflies have specific functions for survival. Learn about butterflies and how their adaptations aid in their survival through this dress up occasion.

Such Table Manners: For critters of Wyoming to eat and stay healthy theyíve got to be smart, fast, and grabby! Learn how different animals have different techniques to get the food they need to survive!

GSI (Game Scene Investigation): Through observation and deductive reasoning students will utilize track and scat identification books to discover what really took place in this interactive detective program.