Guided Tour of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert & Oregon’s Remote Steens Mountain


  • 09.22.18 - 09.25.18
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm

This is the trip of a lifetime! We’ve partnered with Wanderlust Tours to develop an exquisite trip through these remote landscapes. Experience the breathtaking stillness of a desert horizon and the overwhelming sight of an untainted night sky filled with stars. Learn all about the fascinating cultural and natural history of these locales from a (more…)

The Art of Burning Man


  • 09.27.18
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Burning Man has become internationally known for the groundbreaking art and performance it brings every year to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Burning Man Arts supports the creation of large-scale, high-impact, interactive art through grants, mentorship, and art management programs. The organization describes its mission as being to “change the paradigm of art from a commodified (more…)

Botanical Drawing Workshop


  • 10.06.18
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Botanical Drawing Workshop with Rebecca Brown-Thompson Learn how to draw plants in their infinite variety with renowned artist and illustrator Rebecca Brown-Thompson. Thompson is an award-winning member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and splits her time between Central Oregon and New Zealand. This workshop, which is designed for artists with beginning and intermediate (more…)

Harvest Festival


  • 10.06.18
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Miller family has been tending to their garden all summer and needs your help to prepare for winter. Dig and clean potatoes to store in the root cellar, press fresh apples into cider and even pickle some eggs. Help make sure the Millers are stocked with the necessities for the changing seasons. 11:00 am (more…)

Fur Trading Experience


  • 10.06.18
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fur traders navigated the tributaries of the Columbia River Basin long before homesteaders permanently settled in Oregon. Winter is the working season for fur traders. Experience a fully operational brigade camp as they make their own preparations for the upcoming season. Help dig for root crops and learn what makes the beaver so desirable. 11:00 (more…)

Fur Trading Experience


  • 10.07.18
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fur traders navigated the tributaries of the Columbia River Basin long before homesteaders permanently settled in Oregon. Winter is the working season for fur traders. Experience a fully operational brigade camp as they make their own preparations for the upcoming season. Help dig for root crops and learn what makes the beaver so desirable. 11:00 (more…)

Natural History Pub: Cascadia: The Next Big Earthquake and Tsunami-SOLD OUT


  • 10.09.18
    7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

A major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone will have far-reaching impacts throughout the Pacific Northwest, including here in Central Oregon. Are we prepared for an event like this? In this presentation, Daniele McKay, adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon, will explore the geologic history of earthquakes in Oregon and how a large Cascadia (more…)

Pollinators and Pesticides


  • 10.10.18
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Native pollinators play a vital role in High Desert ecosystems but face numerous pressures, including agricultural and household use of pesticides. Join Rich Hatfield, senior conservation biologist for the Xerces Society’s Endangered Species Program, for a discussion of how pesticides affect pollinators, what actions are being taken and what you can do to help. Read (more…)

Interpreting Climate Change for All Audiences Workshop


  • 10.12.18
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Calling all educators, scientists and communications staff—join High Desert Museum and OMSI staff to learn evidence-based strategies for writing and talking about climate change in a productive and hopeful way. In this free one-day introduction to the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, you’ll learn the basics for framing productive conversations, practicing your (more…)