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Wildlife lesson plans

Aug 01, 2019 2019-08-01


Lessons on Wildlife Art from Around the World

The National Museum of Wildlife Art collects, displays, interprets, and preserves high-quality artwork of North American wildlife, supplemented by art of wildlife from throughout the world. The museum has developed several lessons for use in conjunction with its online collection. Among the offerings are Inside Out, a lesson that helps students to explore their own identity—what is important to them and how they enjoy spending their time. The Landforms lesson helps students to see that landforms such as towering mountains, gaping canyons, and plunging waterfalls are the central subject for both geography and landscape art, and that investigation into either discipline reveals more about the nature of the other and of nature itself. The Wildlife in Winter lesson features paintings from the museum’s permanent collection that depict various animals in a winter landscape. The artwork serves as the focus for discussions of wildlife winter survival strategies.

Plus: The National Museum of Wildlife Art is unique in the sense that many animals depicted in artworks inside the building are visible in their natural habitat around the museum. A live webcam is mounted at the museum, located 2.5 miles north of the Town Square in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. With the ability to look to the south, east, and north overlooking the National Elk Refuge, students can view live footage of wildlife, such as elk, coyotes, foxes, moose, bald eagles, ravens, red-tailed hawks, ermine, marmots, swans, and occasionally wolves.

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