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by Mary Ann Kelley

Wyoming Homeschool Field Trips

Field trips are listed alphabetically by city.

Nez Perce National Historic Trail

The Nez Perce (Nimiipuu or Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail stretches from Wallowa Lake, Oregon, to the Bear Paw Battlefield near Chinook, Montana. It was added to the National Trails System by Congress as a National Historic Trail in 1986. The 1877 flight of the Nez Perce from their homelands while pursued by U.S. Army Generals Howard, Sturgis, and Miles, is one of the most fascinating and sorrowful events in Western U.S. history. Chief Joseph, Chief Looking Glass, Chief White Bird, Chief Ollokot, Chief Lean Elk, and others led nearly 750 Nez Perce men, women, and children and twice that many horses over 1,170 miles through the mountains, on a trip that lasted from June to October of 1877.

Pony Express National Historic Trail

California National Historic Trail

More than 250,000 gold-seekers & farmers crossed into to the gold fields & rich farmlands of California during the 1840's and 1850's. 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen to remind us of early American travelers and settlers.

Oregon National Historic Trail

The Oregon Trail was for fur traders, gold seekers, missionaries and others, the pathway to the Pacific. Wagon rutsw and landscape scars can still be seen from that time.

Fort Phil Kearny State Historic SiteBanner

Virtual field trip onlineThe fort offers visitors an interpretive center with exhibits, videos, bookstore, and self-guided tours of the fort and outlying sites. The fort tour leads the visitor through the site to building locations, archaeological remains, and interpretive signs pinpointing the surrounding historic landmarks.

Wagon Box FightBanner

In the midst of the Indian Wars on the western frontier, the Wagon Box Fight stands out for its unlikely outcome. On August 2, 1867 Chief Red Cloud and an estimated force of 1,000 Sioux Indians attacked a group of woodcutters and soldiers camped outside of Fort Phil Kearny. Severely outnumbered, twenty-six soldiers and six civilians took refuge behind the cover of wagon boxes and managed to hold off the initial attack until relief forces from the fort arrived. While the Sioux forces lost between five to sixty warriors with another estimated five to 120 injured, the soldiers and civilians sustained only three deaths and two injuries. Historians attribute much of the success of the men fighting behind the wagon box corral to their weaponry--new, rapid-fire breech loading rifles. Following the crushing defeat of Captain Fetterman's forces just months earlier, the Wagon Box Fight proved a significant victory for the military in the battles along the Bozeman Trail. Today, visitors can walk in the footsteps of history and see the exact locations where battle maneuvers took place. Interpretive signs tell the story of the battle from the perspectives of both the military and Indian groups. Take an afternoon to explore the Wagon Box Fight and the nearby Fetterman Battlefield and Fort Phil Kearny where trails, tours, and museum exhibits transport visitors back to a time when cultures clashed in The Wagon Box Fight battlefield is a satellite site of Fort Phil Kearny and is located within a five-mile radius of the Fort Phil Kearny visitor center. conflict on the western frontier.

Ames MonumentBuford

The monument serves as a memorial to the Ames brothers of Massachusetts. Oakes (1804 - 1873) and Oliver (1807-1877), whose wealth, influence, talent, and work were key factors in the construction of the first coast to coast railroad in North America.

Fort CasparCasper

Tour a reconstructed 1865 military post located at a major river crossing on the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, Pony Express, and transcontinental telegraph trail corridor. Explore central Wyoming's regional history museum, featuring exhibits on prehistoric peoples, Plains Indians, ranching, the energy industry, and the City of Casper as well as the western emigrant trails and frontier army.

Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery CenterCasper

A regional, contemporary art museum and cultural center committed to bringing the visual arts to children and adults of all ages. The facility consists of eight galleries with exhibitions changing approximately every 90 days, and a Children's Discovery Center where children of all ages are welcome to explore their expressive and creative abilities.

Governors' Mansion State Historic SiteCheyenne

Virtual field trip onlineThis Colonial Revival Executive Mansion served as home to Wyoming's Governors and their families for 71 years, (1905 to 1976). The history embodied in this mansion brings to life the people who served the State of Wyoming and the Nation from this location. Perhaps the greatest distinction of the home is that in 1925 it was the first in the United States to be occupied by a woman governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross.

Curt Gowdy State ParkCheyenne West

Virtual field trip onlineCurt Gowdy State Park is located in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains and is made of of three reservoirs. Granite reservoir offers excellent rainbow trout and kokanee salmon fishing as well as space for water sports. Crystal reservoir has shoreline fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. North Crow Reservoir is an unimproved fishing area and is day use only. There are a limited number of reservation only campsites. Within the park is Hynds Lodge, which is listed on the National Register, and an amphitheater available for concerts, theater productions and many other cultural activities.

Buffalo Bill State ParkCody

The Visitor Center offers interpretive exhibits, touch-screen computers, audio/visual presentation and a staff to help visitors. The park has majestic views of the Absaroka Mountains. Camping is available.

Devils Tower National MonumentDevils Tower

America's First National Monument - Devils Tower rises 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. Once hidden, erosion has revealed Devils Tower. This 1347 acre park is covered with pine forests, woodlands, and grasslands. Deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife are seen.

Fort Fetterman Historic SiteDouglas

Virtual field trip onlineFort Fetterman has restored officer's quarters and an ordnance warehouse for visitors to tour. These two buildings house interpretive exhibits and artifacts of the Fort's history, Fetterman City, and its Indian predecessors.

Wyoming Pioneer Memorial MuseumDouglas

Virtual field trip onlineThe Pioneer Memorial Museum is located on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas, Wyoming. The museum collects, preserves, interprets and displays historical and cultural materials related to the westward expansion, to Wyoming pioneers in particular and the west in general.

National Bighorn Sheep Center Dubois

Dedicated to educating the public about the biology and habitat needs of the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and to encouraging the active stewardship of wildlife and wildlands.

Bear River State ParkEvanston

Virtual field trip onlineBear River State Park and Visitor Center is a year-round park that offers picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, group activities, bicycling, skiing, rollerblading, remote control cars and many other activities. The park is home to a small head of captive bison and elk kept for public viewing. Three miles of foot trails are within park limits. They include 1.2 miles of paved trail and an arched footbridge that crosses the Bear River. The foot trails in the park also double as cross-country ski trails in the winter. This park is for day-use only: no overnight camping is allowed.

Edness K. Wilkins State ParkEvansville

Virtual field trip onlineThis is a day-use park for families and nature lovers. The park offers; picnic tables, grills, group shelters, playgrounds and a launching ramp for canoes or rafts. Activities in the park include: fishing, swimming, and bird watching.

Independence Rock State Historic SiteEvansville

Virtual field trip onlineIndependence Rock stands 6,028 feet (1,808.3m) above sea level. Pioneers carved their names into the rock which led to Father Peter J. DeSmet to name this place "The Register of the Desert" in 1840.

Fort Bridger State Historic SiteFort Bridger

Virtual field trip onlineEstablished by Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez in 1843 as an emigrant supply stop along the Oregon Trail. It was obtained by the Mormons in the early 1850s, and then became a military outpost in 1858. In 1933, the property was dedicated as a Wyoming Historical Landmark and Museum. There are several restored historical buildings from the military time period, a reconstructed of the trading post operated by Jim Bridger, and an interpretive archaeological site containing the base of the cobble rock wall built by the Mormons during their occupation of the fort. All of these locations are signed in Braille. In addition, a museum containing artifacts from the various different historical time periods is housed in the 1888 stone barracks building. There are gift shops in both museums and the reconstructed trading post. There is no camping available at Fort Bridger.

Fort Laramie National Historic SiteFort Laramie

Crossroads of a Nation Moving West - This "grand old post," established as a private fur trading fort in 1834, witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America's western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories. Indians, trappers, traders, missionaries, emigrants, gold seekers, soldiers, cowboys and homesteaders would leave their mark on a place that would become famous in the American West.

Piedmont Charcoal Kilns State Historic SiteFt. Bridger

Built by Moses Byrne in 1869 to supply charcoal for the iron smelting industry in Utah, these conical limestone kilns measure 30 feet across and 30 feet high. Only three of the original 40 kilns remain. It was estimated that during 1873, the kilns

Rockpile MuseumGillette

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum focuses on general, regional, and local history with an emphasis on the culture and people of Campbell County, Wyoming. Our mission is to serve the residents of Campbell County as a center for local history, while collecting, preserving, and interpreting this history through exhibits which are both accessible and understandable to visitors.

Glendo State ParkGlendo

Virtual field trip onlineGlendo State Park offers visitors water-skiing, fishing and other water- based activities. Day-use and overnight facilities feature improved campsites, comfort stations, tables and grills. A commercial concession at the reservoir provides visitors with complete marina services, motel units and fishing equipment.

Granger Stage StationGranger

This adobe-covered stone structure was one of dozens of Overland Trail stage stations built in the 1850s. The original station, Ham's Fork, was a dugout affair built around 1850. It was replaced by the stone structure in 1856 and renamed South Bend Station. Horace Greeley and Mark Twain were just two of the thousands of passengers who passed through. Later, the Pony Express used the station as a stopover in 1861-1862. When Union Pacific Railroad construction arrived in 1868, the old stage station was overrun with workers who renamed the site Granger.

Guernsey State ParkGuernsey

Virtual field trip onlineThis park provides the finest examples of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work in the Rocky Mountain area. Built by the CCC, the Guernsey Museum, the Castle and Brimmer Point are available to explore. The museum is perched on a high cliff, overlooking the water. The building itself is made of hand hewn timbers and hand forged iron. The roof is framed with the timbers and covered with split cedar shakes, and the floors were formed by pieces of smooth flagstone. The Castle, with its giant fireplace and winding steps, leads to an observation area for a spectacular view of the park.

Hawk Springs State ParkGuernsey

Virtual field trip onlineThe park offers bird lovers and fisherman a great experience. The reservoir boasts a blue heron rookery, including birds such as the blue-winged and green-winged teal, gadwall, pintail, wood duck, and great horned owl. Game fish include walleye, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Winter ice fishing is also good at the park. There are 24 camping units, comfort stations, and accommodations for trailers. A boat ramp and parking area are available.

Oregon Trail RutsGuernsey

The Oregon Trail was one of the primary routes used by emigrants heading westward across the American continent in the 1840s. Although many remnants of the trail can be seen in Wyoming, the Oregon Trail tracks here are notable because they were cut into solid rock. A short trail leads uphill to four-foot deep gouges cut by the wheels of thousands of wagons. This site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975.

Register CliffGuernsey

The sandstone rocks near Guernsey tell the story of the wagon trains of emigrants headed west in the mid-1800s. While trail ruts carved by thousands of wagons dot the western landscape, most pale in comparison to those found at the Oregon Trail Ruts site in Wyoming. Here, the trail ruts are not to be missed since they are carved into the stone. Some gouges are more than four feet deep! These deep ruts result from years of wagon wear and from intentional cutting by emigrants attempting to ease the steep passage up from the level river bottom to the High Plains. Be sure to take the short walk up to the trail ruts where interpretive signs help tell the saga of western frontier. A short drive from the trail ruts back through Guernsey takes visitors to Register Cliff, which rises one hundred feet above the North Platte River valley. Following a day's journey from Fort Laramie, emigrants spent the night at Register Cliff and inscribed their names into the rock face. The earliest signatures date to the late 1820s when trappers and fur traders passed through the area, but most of the names visible today were carved during the 1840s and 1850s when the Oregon Trail was at its height. Today, visitors can walk along the cliff base to view the signatures up close.

Medicine Lodge Archaeological SiteHyattville

Virtual field trip onlineThe Medicine Lodge site has long been known for its Indian petroglyphs and pictographs. They are directly associated with important human habitation sites for thousands of years

National Museum of Wildlife ArtJackson Hole

Virtual field trip onlineA museum dedicated to presenting art about wildlife. Located on a bluff called East Gros Ventre Butte and amid real wildlife habitat, the 51,000 square foot sandstone structure overlooks the National Elk Refuge. Permanent exhibits include the Bison, John Clymer, and Carl Rungius galleries.

Fossil Butte National MonumentKemmerer

Some of the world's best preserved fossils are found in the flat-topped ridges of southwestern Wyoming's cold sagebrush desert. Fossilized fish, insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and mammals are exceptional for their abundance, variety, and detail of preservation. Most remarkable is the story they tell of ancient life in a sub-tropical landscape.

Names Hill State Historic SiteLaBarge

This site, on the cliffs rising above the Green River, is one of three locations along the Oregon Trail where emigrants registered their presence. Here they camped and carved their names into the soft limestone. The earlist dates back to 1822 (making it the oldest pioneer inscription in Wyoming), but the most famous is that of mountain man Jim Bridger, who despite reportedly being unable to read or write, left his mark here in 1844. The Indians using pictographs, as well as the white man left his mark on the rock.

Sinks Canyon State ParkLander

Virtual field trip onlineSinks Canyon State Park features a geologic phenomenon in which the Popo Agie River vanishes into a large cavern (the Sinks) but reappears in a trout filled pool, the Rise, about half a mile down the canyon. The park contains a visitor's center, hiking trails and offers camping, picnicking, rock climbing and fishing.

Wyoming Territorial PrisonLaramie

Virtual field trip onlineListed on the National Register, visitors can spend the day touring the beautifully restored Wyoming Territorial Prison. Built in 1872, the prison held some of the most notorious outlaws in the region, including Butch Cassidy. Visitors to the 190- acre facility can also enjoy the newly restored Warden's House and Horse Barn Exhibit Hall featuring rotating displays and a family friendly scavenger hunt.

Keyhole State ParkMoorcroft

Virtual field trip onlineKeyhole is a mecca for both resident and migrating birds of all species. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of other wildlife, including mule deer, pronghorn antelope and wild turkeys.

Grand Teton National ParkMoose

Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the horizontal sage-covered valley and glacial lakes at their base, creating world-renowned scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year.

John D. Rockefeller Memorial ParkwayMoose

Located at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Rockefeller Parkway connects Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The late conservationist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. made significant contributions to several national parks including Grand Teton, Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, and Virgin Islands.

Mormon Pioneer National Historic TrailNauvoo, IL to Salt Lake City, UT

70,000 Mormons, led by Brigham Young, traveled from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah between 1846 to 1869 in order to escape religious persecution.

Connor Battlefield Historic SiteRanchester

Virtual field trip onlineThe site offers 20 camping and picnic sites, restrooms, a playground, and horseshoe pits. Camping sites operate on a first-come, first-served basis, without reservations. There are two ADA campsites. Camping is seasonal.

Point of Rocks Stage StationRock Springs

In 1862, the Overland Stage line built Point of Rocks Stage Station (also known as "Rock Point" or the "Almond Stage Station"). Today, this structure built from native sandstone is one of the only stage stations remaining intact on the Overland Trail. While the stables are now in ruins, the station building has been restored and stands as a testament to the enduring nature of Point of Rocks. Over the years, the station has withstood at least one attack and attempted burning by Plains Indian groups and the reported robbery and murder of stagecoach passengers by Jack Slade, the notorious outlaw and once stage line superintendent. With the coming of the transcontinental railroad in 1868, Point of Rocks remained an important station for a stage line running between the railroad and the Sweetwater gold mines to the north. Stop by this once lively station on your way through southwest Wyoming and imagine life on the Overland Stage line during the 1860s.

Trails End State Historic SiteSheridan

Virtual field trip onlineThe Trail End was the home of the John B. Kendrick family. It was built in 1913. John B. Kendrick was a cowboy, rancher and real estate tycoon who later served as Wyoming's Governor and U.S. Senator. The Flemish Revival design and technologically-advanced interior are unique to the Rocky Mountain west. Visitors can enjoy a fully-restored history house museum, groomed grounds, and regular productions at the Carriage House Theater.

Boysen State ParkShoshoni

Virtual field trip onlineThis park offers a variety of water type recreation. Day and camping facilities are available. It features interesting geological formations.

Seminoe State ParkSinclair

Virtual field trip onlineSeminoe State Park is located at the base of the Seminoe Mountains. The park offers the full range of water-based activities and is known for both trout and walleye fishing. Day-use and overnight facilities are available.

Fort Fred Steele State Historic SiteSinclair

Virtual field trip onlineFort Fred Steele was established on June 20, 1868 and occupied until August 7, 1886 by soldiers who were sent by the U.S. Government to guard against attack from Indians.

South Pass City State Historic SiteSouth Pass

Virtual field trip onlineThis historic site offers visitors an adventure to the past. The park contains a museum, visitors center and gift shop. Activities include: fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing and Volksmarching.

Hot Springs State ParkThermopolis

Virtual field trip onlineThe park is a day-use park offering a free bath house where the water is maintained at 104 degrees for therapeutic bathing. It is a full-service park with comfort stations, a Volksmarch trail, fishing, and a couple of boat docks. The park is home to a bison herd, which are fed daily during the late fall and early winter.

Legend Rock Petroglyph SiteThermopolis

See ancient carvings and images, still on the same sheltered cliff face where a succession of rock artists created them over a period of at least two thousand years. The site is administered out of Hot Springs State Park where visitors are recommended to stop before visiting the site. A key and permit is required to attend the site. Keys and permits are available at the State Bath House, located at Hot Springs State Park, the Hot Springs County/ Thermopolis Chamber of Commerce and the Meeteetse Museum. There is no charge for the permit but a photo ID is required. The Bath House is open seven days a week from 8 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5:30 PM Sunday.

Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural CenterThermopolis

The mission of the Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center is to serve as an educational resource for teaching and researching the history of Hot Springs County; to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts that tell and interpret the stories of the region's people; and to provide cultural activities that enrich the experiences of community and visitors.

Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park

Virtual field trip onlineEstablished in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The website offers historical information about the park for those who cannot visit in person.

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