Educational Materials

Printed copies of all materials are available for the asking from the Biodiversity Institute. Looking for something not here? Let us know what identification guides or other materials would be useful to you and your students, and we’ll see what we can do. Contact us at

IndianPaintbrush.jpgBiodiversity Institute Wildflower Crossword Puzzle:

How well do you know our native wildflowers? Match the pictures with the names, then fill in the spaces with common names to complete the crossword. Many of the flowers you find in this crossword puzzle you will find growing in Wyoming.

  • Click here to download and print the wildflower crossword puzzle.
  • Did you finish the puzzle?  Are you sure?  Click here to download the puzzle solution.
  • Did you answer the five questions listed next to the puzzle?  Click here to check your answers and learn more.

UW Insect Museum and Biodiversity Institute's Insect Trivia Puzzle:

Think you know your bugs, or want to learn more?  Test out your trivia skills by completing the insect trivia crossword puzzle.

  • Click here to download and print the insect trivia crossword puzzle.
  • All done with the puzzle, even the hard questions? Click here to download the puzzle solution.

All puzzles were created by Dorothy Tuthill, Biodiversity Institute Associate Director.


Key to the Conifer Trees of Wyoming

Learn to identify all of the cone-bearing trees of Wyoming with this nifty little guide. The dichotomous key will lead you to each of the twelve species, so you never have to say just “pine tree” again! This pocket-size key is designed to be folded length-wise first, then into fifths.

Leaf_Bingo_Card1.jpgLeaf Shape Bingo Cards

Here's an activity to get kids looking for many different kinds of plants. Leaf shapes are green and leaf arrangements on the twig are purple, so some plants will fill both a purple and a green square. Set includes 10 different cards. We laminated ours for use over and over.

Download here

bc8a64609d3962ff3203528c038652e7_f712.jpgPollinator Masks

Show your admiration for pollinating insects by becoming one! Decorate realistically or fancifully with crayons or markers, and cut out the eye holes (for human eyes; large black circles or circles with X). We used pipe cleaners for antennae (insert through the small holes indicated with small black dots) and tied on some elastic. For the bee-fly, fold proboscis in half and tape on just below the antennae. 

Beefly Mask

Bumble Bee Mask

Beetle Mask

More pollinator resources can be found here.

WyoBio, The Wyoming Biodiversity Citizen Science Initiative

WyoBio was designed with educators in mind! It can be a platform for student-designed research, a portal for the investigation of biodiversity data, and a resource for information on the landscape of Wyoming. However you use it, WyoBio is the best place to explore and contribute to biodiversity science.   You can read about WyoBio here, or go directly to the WyoBio education page, which has science standards-based lesson plans for students of all ages.

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