Weekend Workshop: Museum Geocache


  • 11.03.18
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about how animals navigate through nature, then get out your smartphones to explore how humans use technology to find the way. With several caches located throughout the Museum, families can choose to use traditional problem-solving skills with the clues provided or a GPS app to input coordinates. This hunt will take you to places (more…)

A Conversation with Artist John Simpkins


  • 11.08.18
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Andries Fourie, the Museum’s curator of art and community engagement, in conversation with artist John Simpkins as they discuss the exhibition Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins. Simpkins has lived and painted alone in a schoolhouse in Andrews, Oregon on the edge of the Alvord Desert for the last seven years. His paintings weave (more…)

Mining Day


  • 11.10.18
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Stake a claim, pan for gold and have your earnings authenticated in our indoor placer mine and boomtown. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Museum admission, plus $2 per “miner” (more…)

Natural History Pub: Of Birds and Bugs: Sage Grouse and West Nile Virus


  • 11.13.18
    7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Of Birds and Bugs: Sage Grouse and West Nile Virus The greater sage grouse faces many pressures in the High Desert. West Nile virus, first detected in Oregon in 2005, is one lesser-known threat to this iconic bird of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem. Emily Weidner, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (more…)

From Guangdong to Oregon


  • 11.15.18
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

From Guangdong to Oregon: The Archaeology of Oregon’s Chinese Immigrant Diaspora Chelsea Rose, an archaeologist at Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, will highlight her work at sites associated with railroad workers on the Oregon and California Line and miners working along the John Day River, Jacksonville’s Chinese Quarter and Chinese villages where individuals emigrated (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…)