Backpack Explorers

Backpack Explorers

Two class options available:

Wednesdays or Thursdays

10:00 am – 11:00 am

RSVP required as space is limited

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 while journeying through the Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning. New themes weekly!

Members $10 per child, non-members $15 per child, plus Museum admission for accompanying adult.

Pre-registration and payment is required.

Per High Desert Museum policy, no refunds can be issued. For cases of illness or emergency, with notice 24-hours before the class, a class transfer may be issued.

Click on the underlined dates below to register!

March 7 and 8

To be a Tortoise

What do you know about the life of a tortoise? Dive into the world of shells and scutes as you imagine living as a tortoise for a day.

March 14 and 15


We will have a blast with the stars, the moon and the sun in a space-themed day that focuses on everything outer space! With math, science and art, it’s going to be out of this world!

March 21 and 22

What’s a-buzz?

Spring is here and the pollinators are out! Explore how bees, butterflies and hummingbirds help take care of the forest.

March 28 and 29


April 4 and 5

Making Music

Shake your leg. Flap your wing. We’ll explore music and movement this week. Make your own instrument and take it home for family fun!

April 11 and 12

Microscope Explorers

Find out how different natural objects look at a microscopic level. We’ll collect specimens and examine different textures, patterns and colors using a hand-held, digital microscope.

April 18 and 19


April 25 and 26

You Otter Love It!

Bounding, somersaulting and slip-sliding around the river, otters clearly know how to have fun. Come discover what makes these aquatic wonders so special.

May 2 and 3

Beyond Bags

What do you carry all your treasures in? Plateau Indian Bags were used every day. Find out what traditions they hold and the stories they told.

May 9 and 10

Junior Ornithologist

Come study and gather data about the winged wonders of the Museum as an ornithologist — a scientist who studies birds!

May 16 and 17

Reaching for the Summit

It’s never too early to learn about climbing and mountaineering! Learn some climbing knots, try on a harness and make mountain-inspired art.

May 23 and 24

Scat and Tracks

Wednesday 5/23 class canceled due to prescribed burn.

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!

May 30 and 31

Plant Safari

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!

With support from Chambers Family Foundation.