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Kids & Families

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Learn about kid-friendly exhibits, activities, camps and more.

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Education

Teach & Learn

Lifelong learning starts here! Explore teacher trainings, memorable field trips and unique school programs.

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The Museum

Wildlife,
History & Art

Otters, porcupines, owls, oh my! Encounter wildlife up close, explore the history and culture of the wild West and take in beautiful art. The High Desert Museum is a cultural gem set on 135 acres of awe. It’s no wonder visitors voted us one of the best things to do in Bend Oregon!

Upcoming
Events


  • 04.27.18
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Discover the history and culture of mountaineering and rock climbing and learn about the geology that draws climbing enthusiasts to our region. See climbing-inspired art and explore hands-on activities, including a climbing wall. Join us in celebrating the spirit and sport of climbing with live music, family-friendly activities, food and beverages. 6:30 pm — 8:00 (more…)


  • 04.28.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discover the history and culture of mountaineering and rock climbing and learn about the geology that draws climbing enthusiasts to our region. See climbing-inspired art and explore hands-on activities, including a climbing wall. Made possible by With support from Bend Magazine, Bend Rock Gym, Century Insurance Group, Chubb, Lonza (Formerly Bend Research) and the James (more…)


  • 04.28.18
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Camping season is right around the corner! Enhance your camp kitchen skills with this Dutch oven cooking class. Breakfast is served after you learn how to select, prepare and fire up your oven and coals. 10:00 am — 12:00 pm Members $10, non-members $15 Registration and prepayment required. The following Refund Policy is in effect (more…)


  • 05.02.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 05.03.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

What do you carry all your treasures in? Plateau Indian Bags had many purposes and were used every day. Find out what traditions they hold and the stories they told. Come on an adventure! Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with (more…)


  • 05.03.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the culmination of this year’s Kids Curate program as you explore a series of interpretive panels highlighting the natural and cultural history of the Crooked River Canyon. The exhibit was created by Crooked River Elementary School fifth-grade students in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the Museum. Made possible by Bloomfield Family (more…)


  • 05.05.18
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join our wildlife curators to meet and photograph a variety of species in the Museum’s living collection and learn about their natural history. Workshop includes an optional classroom session on Friday at 6:00 pm followed by a day shadowing a wildlife curator to learn about wildlife conservation. Photographic opportunities include raptors in flight and mammals (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.2.17 -
7.15.18

Kids, Natural History

Innovation Lab: Design Inspired by Nature

Learn how designers, engineers and architects are taking a page out of nature's book, and create some designs of your own in this family-friendly exhibition.

12.15.17 -
4.30.18

Art

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

Black-and-white photographs that document the gay rodeo circuit and lives of many of its participants.

4.28.18 -
9.9.18

Art, Natural History

Ascent: Climbing Explored

Discover the sport and spirit of mountaineering and rock climbing in a new, Museum-curated exhibit highlighting the history and culture of these adventure sports.

5.3.18 -
6.3.18

Kids, Art

Kids Curate

Kids Curate ensures that arts education remains in schools. The High Desert Museum offers teachers the professional development required to deliver integrated arts projects to their students.

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