Desert Sage Society

Desert Sage Society

Join a special community of donors.

When you contribute to the High Desert Museum, a part of you becomes a part of the High Desert – now and for generations to come. As a Desert Sage Society (DSS) member, you’ll have the opportunity to share a more intimate relationship with the Museum, its leadership, other supporters and all the incredible exhibits and collections.

As your commitment grows, so do the benefits to you, your family and to the community.

You receive:

  • Unlimited free admission for two adults, two adult guests and all children/grandchildren
  • Exclusive invitations to preview exhibitions at opening events and the opportunity to bring two guests
  • Private Desert Sage Society event with Executive Director and Board Chair
  • Invitation to the R.W. Chandler Society dinner
  • Recognition on Desert Sage Society donor board in the Schnitzer Entrance Hall and in the annual report
  • Raptors of the Desert Sky show tickets
  • Museum guest passes
  • Free admission to member evening events
  • Personalized service through the Development office
  • 10% discounts:- At the Silver Sage Trading store
  • – At the Rimrock Cafe

    – Guest admission

    – Rental of the Museum for events

You help provide:

Museum access to all through Family Free Days, Senior Free Days, Museum & Me (a special time for those with disabilities to visit the Museum), Little Wonders and Museum passes made available through libraries in three counties and social services agencies.

Desert Sage Society members also receive:

Fellow Level ($1,000)

  • Eight guest passes per year
  • Gift of Family membership to a recipient of your choosing
  • Curator’s Circle ($2,500)

    All DSS Fellow level benefits plus:

  • Additional 2 guest passes for a total of 10
  • Gift of Family membership to a recipient of your choosing
  • Private curator-led tour of the Museum’s vault for up to 8 people
  • Museum Associate ($5,000)

    All Curator’s Circle level benefits plus:

  • Additional 2 guest passes for a total of 12
  • Gift of Family membership to a recipient of your choosing
  • Gift of the Adopt an Animal Guardian package for a recipient of your choosing
  • Private behind-the-scenes wildlife tour for up to 8 people
  • Director’s Council ($10,000)

    All Museum Associate level benefits plus:

  • Additional two guest passes for a total of 14
  • Gift of Family membership to a recipient of your choosing
  • Gift of the Adopt an Animal Guardian package for a recipient of your choosing
  • Pioneer dinner at Mrs. Miller’s ranch for up to 10 guests (on a mutually agreeable date)
  • Founder’s Circle ($25,000+)All Director’s Council level benefits plus:

  • Additional 2 guest passes for a total of 16
  • Gift of a Family membership for a recipient of your choosing
  • Gift of the Adopt an Animal Guardian package for a recipient of your choosing
  • 25% discount on facility rental
  • Personal service through Executive Director’s office
  • High Desert field trip with Executive Director and Curator (on a mutually agreeable date)
  • For information on becoming a Corporate Member of the Desert Sage Society click here. To learn more about the Desert Sage Society, please contact Director of Development Heather Vihstadt at 541-323-3314 or

    To learn more about the Desert Sage Society, please contact Director of Development Heather Vihstadt at 541-323-3314 or contact us.

    For Desert Sage Society members:

    There are benefits that you may choose to receive or waive, depending on your interests. Optional benefits include: guest passes (valued at $10 each) and Raptors of the Desert Sky show tickets (valued at $2 per peson). The estimated fair market value for an annual membership, which includes unlimited admission for two adults, all member children/grandchildren and two guests is $104. Due to the fair market value of these benefits, your request for these items will decrease the tax-deductible portion of your gift. Please contact Director of Development Heather Vihstadt at 541-382-4754 ext. 248 or contact us for more information. Please note, if you are making a gift through a family foundation or donor advised fund, no tangible benefits may be provided in accordance with IRS regulations.

    You help provide Museum access to all through Family Free Days, Senior Free Days, Museum & Me (a special time for those with disabilities to visit the Museum) andMuseum passes made available through libraries in three counties and social services agencies.