Orange and Black Eclipse Festival at Culver High School


  • 08.20.17 - 08.21.17
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Monday, August 21, Oregon will be the first state in the US to witness a total eclipse of the sun. Join OSU-Cascades, the High Desert Museum, Central Oregon STEM Hub and others to celebrate this rare event! Enjoy a family-friendly campout at Culver High School which is in the path of totality! Festival activities (more…)

Museum Closes at 2:00 today


  • 08.26.17
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm

In preparation for our annual High Desert Rendezvous the Museum will be closing at 2:00 pm today. Thank you for your understanding. (more…)

High Desert Rendezvous


  • 08.26.17
    5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for the 28th annual High Desert Rendezvous, a rip-roaring evening including dinner, silent and live auctions, raffle, gambling, hosted saloon and dancing. Central Oregon’s longest-running fundraiser supports the Museum’s educational programs. This year’s Honorary Chairs are Todd and Lorri Taylor. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is Bob Shaw, NewsChannel 21’s chief meteorologist / (more…)

Innovation Lab: Design Inspired By Nature


  • 09.02.17
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn how designers, engineers and architects are taking a page from nature’s book, and create some designs of your own in this family-friendly exhibition. September 2, 2017 through February 17, 2018 (more…)

International Vulture Awareness Day


  • 09.02.17
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Vultures play a very important ecological role by recycling carrion, reducing the spread of some diseases and helping to control pests. Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day and learn more about these intriguing scavenger species! 1:00 pm—5:00 pm (more…)

Backpack Explorers – Frontier Fun


  • 09.06.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 09.07.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 (more…)

Native Wildlife: Photography and Conservation Workshop


  • 09.08.17
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • 09.09.17
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join internationally-known photographer George Lepp, field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine and a Canon Explorer of Light, to learn wildlife photography techniques. Workshop will include a classroom session followed by a day shadowing wildlife curators to learn about wildlife conservation. Opportunities to photograph mammals and flying raptors in natural settings will be provided as you (more…)

Natural History Pub


  • 09.12.17
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bats and White-Nose Syndrome Bats play an important ecological role as insect predators and pollinators. They help to control some of our most costly agricultural and forest pests. However, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and partners estimate that at least 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats have now died from white-nose syndrome. Join Dr. (more…)