Educational Programs

The VBJF Board strives to educate visitors and area students on Plains Indian history during the period of Vore Site use from about 1550 to 1800.

Summer Interpretive Programs
The Vore Buffalo Jump is open to the public June 1st – Labor Day, 8 am to 6 pm. Entrance fee is $7 per person with a $20 maximum per family. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the increasingly famous Vore Site as well as the larger picture of the cultures that Plains Indians built around the buffalo.

At least two staff members are present to explain how the Indians used the sinkhole as a trap, how they how they butchered the bison to prepare food and other products from the buffalo, and how the Vore Site was part of Plains Indian history and culture.

Tours are also available throughout the year by special arrangement (please contact info@vorebuffalojump.org).

The Interpretive Program and the site improvements are costly, and visitors are encouraged to make donations to defray these expenses and to support our educational outreach.

School Field Trips
Class visiting Vore Buffalo Jump

The VBJF welcomes school groups ranging in age from middle elementary through college in the spring and fall as well as during the summer season. Tours must be arranged in advance and are geared to the age of the group. Please contact info@vorebuffalojump.org for more information.

For younger students, admission is $3 per child; this admission fee includes the cost for a replica arrow point from the arrowhead dig box. For older students, admission is $2. There is no charge for teachers, chaperones, or drivers.

The following itinerary was developed by Kathy Wolff, a teacher at the Spearfish Middle School. Her group of over fifty 6th grade students visited the Vore Site in September of 2012. We’ve hosted the Spearfish 6th graders every year since!

The itinerary used for seven groups of about eight children and an adult chaperone is available for download.

Depending on the size of the group, students rotate through three or more of the following activities:

  • Cabin—Listen to history of VBJ as explained by a VBJ interpreter.
  • Tipi – An interpreter will discuss how to jump a buffalo and the tribes who likely used the Vore Site.
  • Scavenger Hunt – Students read the interpretive signs as they walk into the sinkhole, and the chaperone will write down answers to scavenger hunt questions. The scavenger hunt questions are available for download.
  • Excavation Building – VBJ guide will explain the excavation and answer questions.
  • Excavation Building Uses of the Buffalo puzzle – Students complete game/view artifacts.
  • Snack – We suggest that teachers buy Tatanka bars (available at various area stores) or jerky and read a story such as The Buffalo Jump by Bill Farnsworth. Books are also available at the Jump.
  • Arrowhead Dig – Dig for souvenir arrowheads.
  • Artifact Dig – A lesson plan for the artifact dig box was created by Gene Gade and is also available for download – click here to download.

We encourage teachers to explore B.J. Bison’s Make and Take page for classroom activities prior to your visit.

On Line Videos

Please visit the following YouTube videos to learn more. The video segments were produced by the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Office.

For more about the Vore Site

Explore articles that have been published with the VBJF newsletter.