Backpack Explorers

Backpack Explorers

Registration will begin Monday, November 26 at 12:00 pm. Mark your calendars! Don’t forget that Museum Members receive a 20% discount on Backpack Explorers. Click here to become a Member. In order to access your Member discount, you must create an online account if you have not already done so. Click here to create an account.

Two class options available:
Wednesdays or Thursdays
10:00 am – 11:00 am

RSVP and pre-payment are required as space is limited in Backpack Explorers.

Come on an adventure!

Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Your little will don a backpack 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!

$15 per child, Members receive 20% discount. Non-members pay Museum admission for accompanying adult. $5 materials fee for siblings younger than 3 who participate in the crafts.

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!

December 5 & December 6
Fish Tales
Have you ever wondered what a day would be like in the life of a fish? Uncover the answer as we get close to the Museum’s fish and explore their underwater world.

December 12 & December 13
There’s Gold!
Travel back in time and try searching for gold in the 19th century placer mine. Take your findings home! Explore the booming city that resulted from the riches of different kinds of mining.

December 19 & December 20
Winter Impressions
Discover the beauty of winter as we use the great outdoors in the heart of winter as inspiration for our artwork this week.

December 26 & December 27
No Backpack Explorers

January 2 & January 3
No Backpack Explorers

January 9 & January 10
Buggin’ Out
What curious critters crawl around on land and in water? See how tiny insects survive in our big, wide world. Find out how they keep busy and why we need them. Be prepared to get your hands dirty!

January 16 & January 17
Cool Chemists
What happens when you mix two things together? Be a chemist in our lab. Swirl colors together, make solutions that fizz and bubble, and do an “experiment” that you can taste!

January 23 & January 24
Pokey Porcupines
With a coat of sharp quills, this High Desert creature knows how to keep predators away. We’ll be sure to not get too close to our porcupine as we see what its life is all about.

January 30 & January 31
Warmth in Winter
What keeps you warm at night? Travel back in time to the 1800s and imagine keeping warm as a fur trader camping or while traveling the Oregon Trail. Discover how certain animals stay warm all winter long.

February 6 & February 7
Painting on Canvas
Inspired by the art of John Simpkins in the exhibit “Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins,” create your own large-format folk art and a story to go along with it.

February 13 & February 14
Wildlife Care
Go behind the scenes and find out how we care for the Museum’s animals. Help our staff prepare meals for the wildlife.

February 20 & February 21
Star Stories
Take your mind off the long, dark winter nights and learn about the bright, shining stars up in the winter sky. Come hear stories about these stars.

February 27 & February 28
High Hoppers
Explore the “two lives” of toads and frogs, as these hoppers spend time in both water and on land. Find out which one is a faster swimmer and which one is a higher jumper.

With support from Chambers Family Foundation.