Ungulates are easy-to-observe, common in some places, and incredibly charismatic, which make them great case studies for science lessons in K-12 classrooms! Here are some resources for bringing these special species into classrooms.

Migration board game: can you survive a year as a mule deer?

Put yourself in the hooves of a mule deer mom and her fawns! Play a round of A Mule Deer Year and see if you can survive a whole year!

Board for A Mule Deer Year
Click on the image to learn how to play! Board game by Brittany Wagler, Brandon Hays, and Rhiannon Jakopak.

Lesson plans and classroom activities

Three male elk with large antlers stand on a grassy hill, morning sun glancing off their coats.

Why do ungulates live where they do? Students in grades 6 - 8 can explore habitat types using gVeg, an interactive web platform, and learn about why ungulates live where they do. You can view the lesson plan here.

A female mule deer with 3 young fawns in the snow.

Retrace the steps of Deer 104 as she migrates between her winter and summer ranges in western Wyoming. Learners of all ages can use this interactive map to experience migration first hand! You can start your adventure here.

More resources coming! Check back soon. Or better yet, reach out and ask if we can visit your class!

Coloring Pages

Click on the images below to download a high-quality PDF!

Fawn hiding coloring page
Mule deer fawns are expert hiders, especially for the first weeks of life! Design by Rhiannon Jakopak.
Elk and antlers coloring page
Species like elk drop, or "shed," their answers every year! Design by Rhiannon Jakopak.
Bighorn sheep lambs can very quickly move with their moms, even across rocky terrain! Design by Rachel Smiley.
Members of the deer family differ wildly in size! Design by Rhiannon Jakopak.