Backpack Explorers – Plant Prints


  • 05.22.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Buds are beginning to burst with the arrival of spring! Plants provide us with so much, including food and oxygen—plus, they are beautiful! Create your own flower press, make sun-prints and explore natural dyes. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on (more…)

Bird World: Insights for Humans from the World of Birds


  • 05.22.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Just how different are birds from us? Approaching bird behavior from surprising angles, bird expert Noah Stryker will explore the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, self-image in magpies, particle physics of starling flocks and other mysteries. Noah reveals why birds do what they do and how we can relate. The behaviors (more…)

Backpack Explorers – Plant Prints


  • 05.23.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Buds are beginning to burst with the arrival of spring! Plants provide us with so much, including food and oxygen—plus, they are beautiful! Create your own flower press, make sun-prints and explore natural dyes. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on (more…)

PLAYA Great Basin Natural History Weekend – sold out


  • 05.24.19 - 05.26.19
    6:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Although this event is sold out at this time, we may be increasing the number of participants. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the waiting list form below. Thank you! Enjoy PLAYA’s Great Basin Natural History Weekend May 24 – 26, 2019. This is a guided tour of birding, geology and archaeological (more…)

Backpack Explorers – Get Outside!


  • 05.29.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Things are warming up outside and it’s time for us to get out and explore nature. We’ll go for a nature hike and talk about how to plan for a fun and safe day in the wilderness. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in (more…)

Backpack Explorers – Get Outside!


  • 05.30.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Things are warming up outside and it’s time for us to get out and explore nature. We’ll go for a nature hike and talk about how to plan for a fun and safe day in the wilderness. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in (more…)

Bad Lands Music: Performance by MOsley WOtta


  • 05.30.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Poet, hip-hop artist and spoken-word artist MOsley WOtta, who is featured in the exhibition Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West, performs a newly commissioned work titled “Bad Lands Music,” which explores the role of water as an ever-present voice even in its absence. 6:00 pm — 7:00 pm, doors open at 5:00 pm No-host bar (more…)

Survive! The Oregon Trail


  • 05.31.19
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 You played the video game and now it’s your chance to try it LIVE! Grab your friends and meet up at the Museum to tackle an obstacle course inspired by the Oregon Trail. Is your Nerf shot steady enough to feed your wagon party? How about your wood-cutting and roping skills? Have you ever (more…)

Thorn Hollow String Band


  • 06.08.19
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

                        Hear some toe-tapping, knee-slapping tunes from our pioneering house band! Dancing encouraged. Free with Museum admission (more…)

Exhibition Closing: Kids Curate


  • 06.09.19
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Don’t miss the final day of the exhibition created by fourth- and fifth-grade students from Bend’s Ensworth Elementary School! Kids Curate is a yearlong project that incorporates science and art culminating in an exhibit at the Museum. This year, students learned about the geology and natural ecosystems of Smith Rock to create drawings, sculptures and (more…)