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How entries are organized:

Entries are organized by age level and (where appropriate) geographic area. University of Wyoming programs are also delineated (UW).

The links will take you to the entry's website. If there is no website, contact information is given.

We have coded the entries to indicate if the focus is on specific subject areas:
ASTRO, BIO, CHEM, COMP, ENERGY, ENG, GEO, HEALTH, MATH, PHYS, ROB, or STEM (more than one topic).

 

If you know of a program that should be included, please "Add Your Program". Questions or Comments? Contact us!

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All Ages: Biodiversity Institute (UW)

The University of Wyoming's Biodiversity Institute, a division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, seeks to promote research, education, and outreach concerning the study of living organisms in Wyoming and beyond. Learn more about our mission and work! BIO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Campbell County School District Planetarium

Not even the sky is the limit here. The Campbell County School District Planetarium is one of Gillette’s most unique features. Come and see what’s up in the night sky at one of our free public shows. Rock out and be amazed by one of our many laser shows. If you don’t want anyone else around schedule a private show. ASTRO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Casper Mountain Science School

Casper Mountain Science School (CMSS) is a new opportunity for students to experience science in a unique and fun way – the outdoors. CMSS is a science-based, multidisciplinary program where knowledge is interwoven with Wyoming's ecology. Students come to understand the many relationships between themselves and our geology, biology, climate, and history that create our unique landscape. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Casper Planetarium

We can step off into space if we want to using Casper’s most sophisticated time machine and starship. An entire universe of time and space are now ours to explore. ASTRO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and Paul Smith Children's Village

The Paul Smith Children’s Village is a must-​​see children’s garden for all ages. The Village’s underlying theme is to teach concepts of sustainability from the past, present and future. In accordance with our commitment to sustainability, the Children’s Village received the LEED Platinum award, the highest level of certification for a green building and landscape from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Children’s Village is currently the only children’s garden in the country to receive this award. BIO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Explore the saga that is the real West in our five, family-friendly museums: Draper Natural History Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, and Cody Firearms Museum. Only the Buffalo Bill Center of the West—formerly the Buffalo Bill Historical Center—shares the epic stories of Yellowstone and the American West together in one place, for one price. That makes us uniquely qualified to tell the stories of the American West like no other museum can. With our galleries, exhibitions, programs, and kid-approved activities, your whole family is sure to exclaim, “I found my true West!” STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Jackson Hole Children's Museum

The space is designed to be flexible & inspirational for all users. Exhibits are meant to be explored in many ways and offer depth of experience with each additional visit. Visitors will explore exhibits and programs through play and interaction in Science, the Arts, Design, History, Ecology & conservation, Role Play, Nutrition, Geography and more. Traveling exhibits, hands-on experiments & creative areas will continue to rotate/change & expand to support need & expected popularity. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Gillette Adventurarium

The Science Center-Adventurarium is a unique hands-on science center located in Campbell County School District’s Lakeway Learning Center in Gillette, Wyoming. Serving over 7,000 students every school year, the Science Center-Adventurarium serves as an extension to district science classrooms and is also available to the public by appointment. A hands-on scientific museum for young, curious minds. See insects, reptiles, bubble machine, spyrograph, shadow machine and more. Open September through June. Call (307) 686-3821.


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All Ages: National Bighorn Sheep Center

The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Association is 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 wild lands. The Interpretive Center features dioramas with full-scale taxidermy mounts that recreate the bighorns habitat, interactive exhibits about wildlife management and special adaptations of wild sheep, and wildlife films the whole family will enjoy. BIO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: National Park Service WebRangers

An on-line junior ranger program for kids of all ages. You can setup and customize your very own Ranger Station, explore your National Parks, earn rewards, and play new activities. Become a care-taker, an adventurer and a discoverer today! STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus

Spear-O-Wigwam is YOUR mountain campus. Located at 8,300 feet in the Bighorn Mountains, this educational epicenter offers a multitude of outdoor learning opportunities. BIO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Science Zone

The Science Zone utilizes innovative exhibits, programs, and outreach to present informal science education throughout the State of Wyoming. We accomplish the above through: Permanent, Rotating and Traveling Exhibits, Summer Science Camps, After-School Science Classes, StoryTime Science Preschool Programs, Outreach Programs, Special Events, Birthday Parties, Lego Robotics and live demonstrations. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Greater Yellowstone Raptor Experience - Buffalo Bill Historical Center

The Greater Yellowstone Raptor Experience is a live raptor education program of the Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, where we embrace the Spirit of the American West. What better way to celebrate the wildness of this wonderful area than by sharing some of its most spectacular wild animals with our guests. Visitors to the Center can get an up-close-and-personal view of some of Wyoming’s most recognized predators—the birds of prey! BIO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Tate Museum

The mission of the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College is to provide educational resources to its community and visitors by being a leading Earth Science Education Center in the region through its exhibits, collections, and programs. GEO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Teton Science School

Teton Science Schools has been teaching about the natural world and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since 1967. The organization has educated, trained and inspired thousands of children, youth and adults, bringing them together through the study of nature and its extension, place-based education. Seven innovative programs serve students from across Wyoming, the Intermountain West, the nation and around the world. Our mission is to connect people, nature and place through education, science and stewardship. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Teton Raptor Center

Teton Raptor Center is a non-profit organization of conservation biologists, veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, educators and volunteers, working together to help birds of prey and promote environmental health through veterinary care and rehabilitation, educational programs and conservation research. We are located at the historic Hardeman Ranch, a Jackson Hole Land Trust protected property in Wilson, Wyoming. BIO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: University of Wyoming Geological Museum (UW)

The University of Wyoming Geological Museum in Laramie supports academic programs, scientific research and public education. It is overseen by the Department of Geology and Geophysics in the College of Arts and Sciences. The UW Geological Museum features a variety of displays to illustrate Wyoming's past environments, highlighted by a 75-foot Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus) skeleton that dominates the museum's exhibit hall. Another highlight is "Big Al," a display of the most complete Allosaurus fossil ever found. GEO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Exploring Engineering – A Hands on Experience (UW)

Exploring Engineering – A Hands-On Introduction. The Exploring Engineering program began in 2010 with the expectation of developing a hands-on, modular outreach tool that could be used to introduce basic STEM concepts to regional K-12 students. Since then, the program has grown and partnered with the University of Wyoming student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) where ASCE members (as well as members of the engineering college at large) volunteer to provide exciting and innovating activities designed to expose K-12 Wyoming students to engineering ideas. Contact Ryan Kobbe (rkobbe@uwyo.edu) for more information. ENG (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Wyoming After School Alliance

The Wyoming After School Alliance dedicates itself to ensuring equal access to After School programs for all school-aged Wyoming youth. The WYAA is a vehicle created to support and promote quality school-based and school-linked After School environments and programs focused upon improving positive outcomes for youth and families. The WYAA is developing a continuum of services and resources for youth, aged birth to young adult, by creating a system of strategies and key partnerships based on “like-minded” goals. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Harry C. Vaughan University of Wyoming Planetarium (UW)

The University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium is a great place to bring your class, club, or entire grade. Shows are typically one hour long although it is very easy for us to modify the time as needed. Learning about the planets or stars? Constellations? Galaxies? Let us know and we can cater our shows to your topic. We also always offer general sky shows for a great introduction to astronomy. ASTRO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: University of Wyoming Art Museum (UW)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum offers a year-round source of education and entertainment for the entire family. Museum classes are designed to intrigue, challenge, and teach pre-K through 12 students, using the art museum’s exhibitions as the basis for exploring ideas, materials, methods and more. Our model of learning – observe, question, explore, create and reflect – encourages students to dig deeper and investigate the concepts behind the artwork, while exploring the creative processes used by artists to communicate their ideas. STEAM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Wyoming State Parks - Kids eXtreme

Become a Wyoming State Parks junior ranger; join Trees for Wyoming, a program for youth to respond to the beetle devastation happening in Wyoming; or join their Youth Ambassador Program. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Werner Wildlife Museum

The Werner Wildlife Museum was constructed by Herman Werner in 1964 to house his personal trophy collection. On November 30, 1970, Mr. Werner graciously donated the building and all of its collections to Casper College. The focus of the museum is on Wildlife Native to Wyoming, but the museum also houses many animals from around the world. BIO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Wyoming State Museum

An educational, historical, and cultural institution, whose goal is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts that reflect the human and natural history of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Western Wyoming Community College Dinosaur Exhibits

Western Wyoming Community College is home to five life sized dinosaur displays that are the largest easily accessible collection of dinosaurs along I-80 from Chicago to San Francisco. In-order to bring Wyoming dinosaurs back to Wyoming, a fund raising project began in 1989 to collect and display specimens native to Wyoming from throughout the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of the Mesozoic Era. GEO (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Western Wyoming Community College Dinosaur Natural History Exhibits

The Natural History exhibits are displayed throughout the campus, they focus on the geology and archaeology of Southwest Wyoming. They consist of Fossils, Enclave Exhibits, Sabalites Palm Frond, and a Miner's Coal Car.


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All Ages: Campbell County Rockpile Museum

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum focuses on local and regional history with an emphasis on the culture and people of Campbell County, Wyoming. The Rockpile Museum serves as the local history center for the residents of and visitors to Campbell County with the mission of collecting and preserving while interpreting the history of Campbell County and northeast Wyoming through exhibits and programs. Permanent and changing exhibitions along with educational programming, performances, and events provide insight into the interesting past and present of the area. STEM programs include Mad Scientist Days, Dinosaur Days, and more! STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Greater Wyoming Big Brothers Big Sisters (Laramie)

Greater Wyoming BBBS is partnering with schools in Laramie to provide afterschool programing that includes STEM components. Contact Amanda Robbins Lilly (arobbins@wyobbbs.org) for more information. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Lights on Thermopolis

Focuses most of daily activities on STEAM. All Friday's are focused on STEAM as well with the extended day. Elementary: FIRST Robotics & 3rd and 4 th grade students do coding every Wednesday. Middle School: Maker spaces & FIRST Robotics. High School: Maker spaces & FIRST Robotics. Contact Jenny Davis (jdavis@hotsprings1.org) for more information. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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All Ages: Hot Springs County Library Robotics Club (Thermopolis)

Lego club meetings and competitions. Contact the library (307-864-3104) for more information on meeting location and times. ROB (update 01/2015)


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All Ages: Boys and Girls Club of Dubois

A weekly STEM activity is incorporated with middle school students year-round. For students in the Dubois Community. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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Early Elementary: Beyond the Bell (Basin)

Beyond the Bell is an After School Program with Big Horn County School District #4 in Basin, WY. Covers grades 1-4 at this program and our other tutoring programs cover grades 5-12. We provide a nutritious snack, homework help, physical fitness, and STEM activities. For more information, contact Amber DeGraw (amber.degraw@bgh4.k12.wy.us). STEM (updated 01/2015)


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Pre-K: Children's Learning Center

We believe that children are born unique, creative and capable. They learn and grow when they are engaged and interested. Children’s Learning Center runs licensed programs as well as programs accredited by the NAEYC and follows early learning curriculums. Our locations are busy places, encouraging children to move, experience and express themselves in safe, nurturing environments. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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Pre-K - Middle School: Cheyenne Children's Museum

COMING IN 2017! Children's Museum of Cheyenne is a non-profit organization that exists to first, provide a safe and clean environment for children to have inspired learning through interactive play and diversity; and second to fill a void in Cheyenne where children have few options to play inside and learn simultaneously. (Updated 01/2015) Children's Museum of Cheyenne will build a building in "the hole" in downtown Cheyenne and open its doors in 2017. The target audience for the museum is youth up to age 14, with volunteer and internship opportunities for older adolescents and adults. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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Elementary: Science Kids (Sheridan, Cody, Laramie)

Science Kids was established in order to provide local youth with outdoor science opportunities. Our goal is to give children access to the highest quality of instruction while also fostering a respect and understanding of the natural world. We explore a number of different outdoor locations throughout the course of any summer class, utilizing a variety of private and public lands. Your child will learn first-hand about this wonderful backyard we call Wyoming. (Serving Sheridan, Cody, and Laramie areas) STEM (updated 01/2015)


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Upper Elementary: Wyoming Dinosaur Museum & Dig Sites - Kids Dig

The idea behind Kids Dig! is to support and encourage youthful enthusiasm for the sciences, with an emphasis on paleontology. To do this we provide a unique opportunity for children aged 8-12 to experience many aspects of paleontology in our one day adventure held throughout the summer. Our goal is not to produce paleontologists, rather to engage children in the wonders of our natural world, and of course the thrill of discovery! GEO (updated 02/2017)


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Upper Elementary - High School: Wyoming 4-H Youth Development Program

4-H is a National Youth Development Program that has been in existence for over 100 years. The primary goal of 4-H is to assist youth in developing life skills that help them live productive and satisfying lives. Some important life skills include making decisions, solving problems, relating to others, planning and organizing, communicating with others, leading self and others, and applying science and technology. Being part of a 4-H club is one of the most meaningful ways to participate in 4-H. Youth can also be involved in special interest programs as well as school enrichment and mentoring programs sponsored by 4-H. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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Middle and High School: GEAR UP Wyoming

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally-funded, statewide grant in Wyoming that provides services to 2,000 seventh through twelfth grade, income-eligible students each year. The GEAR UP goal of increasing the number of eligible students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education is accomplished by: 1) providing academic support, college preparation, and family services, and 2) providing educator training and school improvement initiatives through a partnership with the Wyoming Department of Education. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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Middle and High School: EE Nanotechnology Program (UW)

Graduate students collaborate with STEM high school teachers in Wyoming rural schools to insert Energy and Environmental Nanotechnology information into the existing Wyoming standards based STEM curriculum to increase teacher and student knowledge, to excite students to pursue higher education in a STEM field and to increase Graduate Fellow leadership skills. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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Middle and High School: Science Posse (UW)

Science Posse fellows bring their STEM research practice and findings to School and After School learning settings so that teachers and K-12 students are more directly exposed to what science and engineering is all about, how it is done, how discoveries happen and what STEM professionals do. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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High School: Upward Bound/Math and Science Program (UW)

The University of Wyoming’s Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science Projects seek to foster a supportive learning environment that encourages students’ academic success by providing program participants the skills and motivation necessary to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education and to cultivate positive regard for self and others. STEM (updated 01/2015)


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Over 18: Wyoming Conservation Corps

The Wyoming Conservation Corps advances the understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resource challenges by inspiring young adults to become stewards of our natural resources through leadership training and service learning to benefit lands in Wyoming. BIO (updated 01/2015)



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