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Kids & Families

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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


  • 05.22.18
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Public lands are part of our national heritage, belonging to us and to future generations. Join Curator of Natural History Louise Shirley and Curator of Western History Laura Ferguson for a discussion of public lands and their management. Who benefits from the existence of public lands? Are National Parks America’s “greatest idea,” as Wallace Stegner (more…)


  • 05.23.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 05.24.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Everything leaves a trail no matter where it goes. Be a wildlife detective as you learn how animals use their scat and tracks to communicate in the wild! 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 exciting artifacts (more…)


  • 05.30.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 05.31.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Identify plants around the Museum grounds. As you find plants shown on the scavenger hunt, hidden words will be revealed. Put the words together to decode the mystery phrase and get a prize! Come on an adventure! Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don (more…)


  • 06.02.18
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join the Museum in celebrating the traditional Indigenous arts of the High Desert. Traditional art practitioners and culture keepers from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will demonstrate their skills. See demonstrations of traditional leatherwork, beadwork, basket weaving, cornhusk weaving and moccasin making. The artists will have some of their work for sale. 10:00 am (more…)


  • 06.02.18
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What role do Indigenous traditional arts play in Native American culture? How do Indigenous communities preserve these arts and pass them down from generation to generation? How can we support Indigenous traditional arts practitioners? Join a group of traditional artists from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs for a conversation moderated by Curator of Art (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.

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.

5.12.18 -
10.14.18

Art, History

High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin

Photographer Rich Bergeman captures the decaying homesteads, vanished town sites and High Desert ecology through beautiful black-and-white photographs.

Growing up otter

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