Winter Collections Activities

Winter in the American West 

What is the West? The West includes any state west of the Mississippi. The American West is home to the largest and tallest mountain ranges in the United States. Winter in these mountainous landscapes is different than in other areas of the American West. The low temperatures and moisture in these high-altitude mountains result in winters with heavy snowfalls. Specific animals thrive in the snowy areas of the American West, and peoples living in the snowy winter landscape have adapted their tools, clothes, and play to the climate. 

The following activities allow students to explore and have fun using collections from the Autry about Winter in the snowy American West. These activities can be a fun activity or be integrated into curriculum for geography, science, and history-social studies. 


Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

PHYLLIS H. BARBATO • MOLLY AND NEAL H. BROCKMEYER • FRANK H. COUNTNER AND SUSAN L. COUNTNER • DWIGHT STUART YOUTH FUND • EDISON INTERNATIONAL • DAVID F. EISENBERG • GEORGINA-FREDRICK CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION•THE KENNETH T. AND EILEEN L. NORRIS FOUNDATION • MAX H. GLUCK FOUNDATION • CHRISTY AND STEVE MCAVOY • ANN C. RONUS AND ROBERT E. RONUS • THE STEINMETZ FOUNDATION • VIRGINIA F. STEVENSON • UNION BANK • U.S. BANK