Kids Camps School’s Out! (3 day camp) – Sorry FULL


  • 11.19.18 - 11.21.18
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wild Signs Have you ever wondered how animals know where to go? This three-day camp will explore how different animal species migrate, find food and shelter and communicate with one another. Through games, experiments and treasure hunts, kids will have a blast learning how animals move. 3-day camp $150, Members receive 20% discount Extended care: (more…)

Common Ground: People and Predators


  • 11.20.18
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our relationship with predators such as cougars, eagles and wolves is ancient, complex and evolving. What role do predators play in the ecology and culture of the High Desert? What would an ideal coexistence with these animals look like to you? Curator of Natural History Louise Shirley will give a short, introductory presentation before leading (more…)

Giving Tuesday


  • 11.27.18
    12:00 am - 11:55 pm

In 2018, more than 1,000 Central Oregonians received free, yearlong Museum access through the Little Wonders program, which provides memberships to families with children in Head Start. Giving Tuesday is coming! When you support the High Desert Museum with a donation, you support access programs such as Little Wonders that strive to make hands-on learning (more…)

Backpack Explorers – Invention Convention


  • 11.28.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Engineers change the world. Here is your chance to jump into the world of engineering by building, testing and inventing. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers 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 (more…)

Backpack Explorers – Invention Convention


  • 11.29.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Engineers change the world. Here is your chance to jump into the world of engineering by building, testing and inventing. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers 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 (more…)

Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Night


  • 11.30.18
    5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us for our Annual Meeting with Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, PhD, and hear about the Museum’s recent accomplishments and plans for the future. Afterward, stay for holiday fun for all ages including festive food, storytelling, crafts and photos with Father Christmas! 5:00pm – 6:00 pm – Annual Meeting 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (more…)

Still Here: Native Artists’ Reflections on their Art and Heritage


  • 12.06.18
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

As artist Roberta Kirk stated in the By Her Hand exhibition, “Our people are still here … We are still practicing our culture, traditions and languages … We’re still trying to protect our land, our resources and our traditional foods. We’re still trying to carry on the way that our ancestors taught us.” Join us (more…)

Sketching Raptors with Artist Ian Factor


  • 12.08.18
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn how to draw select raptors from the Museum’s Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center under the guidance of artist and teacher Ian Factor. The workshop will begin with classroom instruction and sketching exercises from taxidermy specimens before moving on to drawing live birds. Dress warmly for outdoor sketching. Suitable for ages 14 and (more…)

Thorn Hollow String Band


  • 12.08.18
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hear some toe-tapping tunes from our pioneering house band! Dancing encouraged. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Free with Museum admission (more…)