Off-site: Discover Nature Festival


  • 09.09.18
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The High Desert Museum and other Central Oregon Children’s Forest partners will fill Riverbend Park with interactive, nature-inspired stations for the whole family. Free (more…)

Natural History Pub: Tracking the Sierra Nevada Red Fox


  • 09.11.18
    7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Tracking the Sierra Nevada Red Fox Scientists recently discovered the Sierra Nevada red fox, a subspecies once thought to be restricted to high-elevation areas, living at lower elevations than expected. Hear from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Technician Jamie Bowles about ongoing research into this small yet remarkable animal—and how the High Desert Museum (more…)

Teacher’s Night Out


  • 09.13.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Network with colleagues and community partners. Enjoy free food, drinks and gifts. Educational resources available. Free to educators and administrators Contact Erica Pelley at 541-382-4754 ext. 320 or info@highdesertmuseum.org to donate raffle items by September 6, 2018. For more information, contact the Museum at 541-382-4754 ext. 241. (more…)

Bat Walk


  • 09.14.18
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on an exciting evening expedition in search of bats on our grounds using echolocator equipment. Bring weather-appropriate clothing and a flashlight or headlamp for this after-hours exploration. $10, Members receive 20% discount In partnership with (more…)

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…)

Exhibit Opening: By Her Hand: Native American Women


  • 09.22.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis Marking the 150th anniversary of Edward Curtis’s birth, By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis features Curtis’s photographs of Native women and the art they created from the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection. (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…)