Into the Wild: A family Adventure Workshop

Into the Wild: A Family Adventure Workshop Series & Research Application

The High Desert Museum and the Deschutes Public Library, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is hosting a new family science workshop series, at no cost to participants. This is a unique opportunity for you and your child to discover the natural world around you and to spark your imagination and sense of adventure.

Adult caregivers with children ages 8 through 10 are invited to learn together in hands-on workshops where they’ll uncover the mysteries of the intriguing carnivores hidden in our local forests. You’ll work with wildlife biologists both in the classroom and in the field, learning how to identify animals in the wild, how to track their movements and explore how they survive. Then, you’ll share the stories of your discoveries. Together, you’ll investigate, research, interpret and share what you’ve learned.

During the course of these workshops, Oregon State University will be conducting research to examine their effectiveness with the goal of improving educational family programming nationwide.

What will my family do as part of the workshop series and research project?

> Attend 6 family-friendly day-long workshops at the High Desert Museum and a local library. Families must attend all 6 workshops.

> Participate in fun, outdoor, hands-on activities.

> Create and share stories based on your experience at the workshops.

> Provide feedback about the workshops through surveys and telephone conversations.

Who is eligible to apply?

>Adult caregivers with children ages 8 to 10 years old. Priority acceptance will be given to Central Oregon families outside of Bend. Space is limited and families must apply to participate.

>The same caregiver and child need to attend each workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Additional family members ages 8 and up are welcome to apply.


>FREE! Families will receive $150 for participating in the workshop series, gas cards to cover transportation costs and lunch at each workshop.

What are important dates?

>Space is limited and families must apply to participate. Applications are due by Friday, March 9, 2018. Notification of acceptance into the program will take place by Friday, March 16.

>Workshops are scheduled from 9am-3 pm on the following Saturdays: April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5 and May 12

How do I submit my application?

>Apply online

>Or mail or email applications to Christina Cid, Director of Programs at the High Desert Museum, at 59800 S. Hwy 97 Bend, OR 97702 or contact us.


>Please contact Christina Cid, at 541-382-4754 ext. 233 or contact us

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number MG-77-16-0120-16.

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