Teacher Resources

The NRHC education team has developed the following resources to enhance your visit, add to your curriculum and use in your classroom:

Ranch Life Learning

The National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University has partnered with the Hank the Cowdog podcast family to create educational material for each episode of the podcast. These activities are aligned with national curriculum standards and feature activities that focus on literacy, science, STEM, and social and emotional well being.

Visit Ranch Life Learning

Teacher Workshops

The NRHC periodically offers professional development workshops for educators. These workshops correspond with exhibits and/or events held at the NRHC. IF you would like to be added to our educator contact list, email Julie Hodges.

Email Julie Hodges

History Trunk Program

The National Ranching Heritage Center has two history trunks available for check out to area educators. There is no fee and the check out period is two weeks. Each trunk contains a guidebook with an introduction, supply list and lesson plans that can be used with artifacts, books and other items included in the trunks. Trunks must be picked up and returned to the National Ranching Heritage Center.

Pioneer Living Trunk

This trunk encourages students to learn more about the hardships and traditions of the pioneers who helped settle West Texas. Artifacts in this trunk reflect the routines of daily life and also illustrate the resourcefulness of the pioneers.

View the Pioneer Living Trunk Contents

Cowboys and Cattle Drives Trunk

This trunk focuses on cowboy life and how the early cattle drives changed ranching practices. Students will learn about the difficulties of the trail and the different experiences of the cowboys who drove the cattle to market.

Reserve a History Trunk for your classroom