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!
Light up your life and experiment with simple circuits, static electricity and magnetism! A robot will make a guest appearance.
Art Through Ancestry
Explore Native American art and traditions. Learn which animals are important to Native cultures. Make your own inspirational art.
Go behind the scenes and find out how we care for the Museum’s animals. Help our staff prepare meals for the wildlife.
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.
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!
Spring is here and the pollinators are out! Explore how bees, butterflies and hummingbirds help take care of the forest.
March 28 and 29
NO BACKPACK EXPLORERS
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!
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
NO BACKPACK EXPLORERS
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.
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.
Come study and gather data about the winged wonders of the Museum as an ornithologist — a scientist who studies birds!
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.
Scat and Tracks
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!
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.