LEARN WHERE YOU LIVE!

Students will explore eight museum galleries with activities that supplement Arizona State curricula in:

  • American History
  • Visual and Language
  • Arts Science/Conservation
  • Western Studies

Funding is available to underwrite museum admission and bus transportation for Title 1 schools.
For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Wade Weber, Director of Education, at: WWeber@WesternSpirit.org

 

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is offering six areas of study for the 2022-2023 academic year for 3rd through 6th grade students. We deliver engaging experiential in-gallery learning with turnkey solutions designed to complement the classroom.

An Introduction to the American West
Students will learn how the natural resources, wildlife and diverse civilizations of the American West came together to shape livelihoods such as ranching, influence art and culture, and create opportunity for a growing nation. This overview of the formation of the West.

Sustainability
How we meet today’s needs without compromising those of future generations is an increasingly important and relevant conversation. Western Spirit’s building is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certified and underscores the museum’s commitment to healthier spaces that reduce stress on the environment. Students will encounter sustainable elements of design, landscape and architecture, while learning about “green” principles.

The Oregon Trail and Westward
Expansion Students will hear the stories of courage, perseverance, resilience and hope that were an essential part of heading West and the quest for a better life. They will experience the journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through interpretive activities that blend objects and storytelling into a dynamic portrayal of the adventures and challenges faced by the expedition team.

Spanish and Mexican Influences in Arizona 
The Vaquero (Spanish cowboy) tradition helped shape the ranching industry in Arizona. Students will learn how cowboy skills and culture evolved from these horsemen and gain a better appreciation for life in the saddle as they try their hand at roping and other skills. Stories about the life of missionary and explorer Father Kino help provide additional links to early Spanish culture and the historic impact on the region.

Moments in Arizona History
This education offering highlights Arizona’s historic events as depicted in a series of paintings created by artist Bill Ahrendt, which provide the framework for compelling storytelling and enables students to discover the key events and personalities that shaped the Grand Canyon State.

The Five Cs of Arizona
Students will learn about the defining role of Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus and Climate played in the development of our state. This exploration delves into the influence and impact of the Five Cs and will also challenge students to consider how we might revise this list to reflect today’s Arizona.