We include all materials.  Your child just needs to come dressed for adventure* with snack, lunch, water bottle, hat and sunscreen.

*Students need to dress appropriately for outdoor activities:  clothing that can get a bit dirty, footwear that can get wet                           and an extra layer for changes in the weather.  No flip-flops please!


Classes have wrapped up for the season.  Stay tuned, 

in March 2019 our new slate of summer courses comes online!



Bug Out:  June 25-28  Time: 8:30am -1:30pm  

Cost: FREE – Space is limited   

Bugs are everywhere, we just have to look for them! Spend a week identifying insects and other invertebrates, and find out the many wonderful and wacky things they do, many of which are helpful to humans.  You’ll use a variety of tools to learn how insects are adapted to the Wyoming environment, and even start your own bug collection.  A fun experience for the aspiring entomologist! Pick up/drop off for this class will be at  Sheridan College at Bomber Mountain Civic Center.  

Instructor: Emily Emond, M.S.  

Sponsored by:  The David B. Jones Foundation



 Field to Fork: June 18-21 • Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm

Cost: FREE- Space is limited

Are you an adventurous eater? Combine food and adventure and take it to the next level. Become a food-ologist (food scientist) and pick veggies from a local farm, gather fruit from orchards, visit honey-producing bees, travel to ranches where sheep and cattle live, make cheese. All the while discover the connections between farming, agriculture, the environment, and the people of the Big Horn Basin. Jump on the bus and hunt and gather for food while learning about culture and healthy living. The course culminates with local Chef Jake Scott directing the students in preparing a wonderful, healthy meal using the food gathered throughout the week. Impress your parents and show them how food goes from field to fork!

Lead Instructor: Jamie Keisel. Assistant Instructor: Kim Curtis

Sponsored by:  The David B. Jones Foundation



Shutter Bugs: July 30, 31 Aug. 1, 2, 2018 • 8:30am - 2:30pm

Cost: FREE – Space is limited

Set out on a photographic journey in this one-of-a kind class. First, create a pinhole camera and learn how nineteenth century artists used and manipulated light to capture images in photographs. Next, learn how to use a digital camera and scout for the perfect shots and best ways to utilize lighting, angles, gear and more. Throughout the week you’ll compare photo techniques using your pinhole camera with those taken with a provided digital camera. Young explorers will learn the art and science of seeing and photographing the natural world using all senses.  All materials are provided.

Lead Instructor: Jayne Johnson.  Assistant Instructor: Kim Curtis

Sponsored by:  The David B. Jones Foundation



Ancient Secrets: June 6 – 8, 2018 • 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Cost: FREE – Space is limited

Everything from tiny grains of sand to the tallest mountains speak to us and tell us their story. During this exciting and dynamic class you will dig deep into the past by exploring Hot Springs State Park and the Wind River Canyon. Jump on the Science Kids bus and visit the Big Horn River, Boysen Reservoir, Terraces, and Big Spring to discover our region’s most ancient inhabitants: Dinosaurs! Visit the Dinosaur Center and tour the dig site where you will help paleontologists dig for dinosaur bones. Next, learn the ABC’s of rock identification and travel through time to discover the geologic processes that formed the Wind River Canyon. During this class you will uncover many stories from the past and discover ancient secrets to share with your family and friends.
Lead Instructor: Jennifer Weber.  Assistant Instructor: Tom Olsen

Sponsored by:  The David B. Jones Foundation


Time Travelers: June 4 - 7, 2018 • 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Cost: FREE – Space is limited
On June 4th and 5th travel back in time while staying right here in the Bighorn Basin! Did you know scientists and researchers from all over the world come to Wyoming to study our rich geology?  Come along and experience all the time periods of geological history that our backyard has to offer and learn about different types of fossils. You will spend two days exploring rock formations that will expose another world, as well as looking at fossilized remains of days gone by. There is much to be discovered! Then, on June 6th and 7th go into the mountains looking for traces of the animals, people, and plants that inhabit our environment. Follow animal tracks, look for scat, and determine which animals passed by and discover what they were doing. Was it a coyote cruising through its territory or chasing prey? Be prepared to look closely for clues and evidence of who may be nearby!
Lead instructor: Andrea Cooley.  Assistant Instructor: Vanessa Woffinden

 Sponsored by:  The David B. Jones Foundation  

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AGES 9-12

Reading the Past - Discovering Wyoming Archaeology: August 6 - 10 • 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Cost: Contact Meeteetse Rec. District

Students will participate in activity-based lessons on how to recognize, evaluate, and record archaeological evidence of peoples living in the Big Horn Basin over the last 13,000 years. Participants will be given concrete, hands-on examples of how archaeologists interpret the past from clues that have survived to the present. Emphasis will be placed on giving students a perspective on the rich and diverse past of our state, and on helping them recognize the importance of becoming good stewards of this fragile, non-renewable, and seriously threatened record of past human lives.

Lead Instructors: Dr. Larry Todd (Monday – Wednesday) and Molly Potas (Thursday and Friday).  Assistant Instructors: Kierson Crume (Archaeologist, Cody BLM) and Kyle Wright (Archaeologist Shoshone National Forest) 

 Sponsored by:  The David B. Jones Foundation



AGES 6-8

What Moves You!: June 25 – 29, 2018 • 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Cost: Contact Meeteetse Recreation District

Did you know that Meeteetse is spinning at 740 miles per hour? Discover the secrets of physics and where you find it in your everyday life. Learn about gears, levers, and pulleys and bearings to make life easier and faster – all using fun and scientific experiments. Unlock the mysteries of gravity, buoyancy and air pressure. This fun class will include an INSIDE tour of the Buffalo Bill Dam where you will see all of the mysteries of physics at work!

Lead Instructors: Charlie Yates and Molly Potas.

Sponsored by:  The David B. Jones Foundation




Bird Brains and Art Adventures: Aug. 24, 2018 • 9 am – 2 pm

Cost: FREE to TRE Students

Spread your wings into the world of birds and art.  We will hunt for hoot owls and search for songbirds, learning all we can about bird shapes, colors, songs, and habitats.  And with pencils, paint, and pizazz, we will create fine art to celebrate our fine-feathered friends.  Come with us on an art and birding adventure:  it is sure to be a HOOT! 


Lead Instructor: Julie Rieder, M.S., Ph.D.

This class is in partnership with Tongue River Elementary School.



AGES 7-9

Bio Explorers: Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 • 8 am – 1:30 pm

Cost: FREE  - Space is Limited

Be a field biologist for a day and discover the organisms and habitats in the prairie, the riparian zone and in the water. Using hands-on bio-cube sampling, we will look at the diversity in the prairie, the riparian zone and in the water. We will also be analyzing the water chemistry of the Laramie River.

Pick up/drop off for this class will be at: Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site (at front sign, Snowy Range Road) 

Lead Instructor: Annie Bergman, Ph.D.

Assistant  Instructor: Lea Bergman, UW