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Education

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The Museum

Wildlife,
History & Art

Otters, porcupines, owls, oh my! Encounter wildlife up close, explore the history and culture of the wild West and take in beautiful art. The High Desert Museum is a cultural gem set on 135 acres of awe. It’s no wonder visitors voted us one of the best things to do in Bend Oregon!

Upcoming
Events


  • 12.15.18
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join our wildlife curators to learn about and photograph the wildlife in our care. Explore techniques for macro photography using natural history objects from the Museum collection, including skulls, bones, scales and feathers. Experienced photographers will be available to walk participants through various camera techniques with portrait-style opportunities of reptiles and birds. Participants are welcome (more…)


  • 12.15.18
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Families can explore together in this renewable energy workshop. Learn about different energy sources and how engineers have gotten some of their best ideas from nature. Design and test your own wind turbine blades to harness the wind. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm $15, Members receive 20% discount The following Refund Policy is in effect (more…)


  • 01.08.19
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A long-term, ongoing research study in Central Oregon has provided important information about water availability in landscapes that are dominated by western juniper. Join Dr. Carlos Ochoa, assistant professor of watershed-riparian systems at Oregon State University, for a discussion of this tree, its impacts and potential solutions. 7:00 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm Food (more…)


  • 01.12.19
    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…)


  • 01.16.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Humans put great demands on the Earth’s natural resources. What is our responsibility to our environment? How can the actions of one person, or one community, have a significant impact? Curator of Natural History Louise Shirley and Curator of Education Carolyn Nesbitt will give a short presentation before leading a conversation among participants. Come to (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.8.18 -
7.14.19

Art, Natural History

Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature

The High Desert Museum is pleased to present Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature, an original exhibition exploring the navigational feats performed by wildlife.

9.22.18 -
1.20.19

Art, History

By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

By highlighting works of art created by Native women alongside Curtis’s photographs, this exhibition celebrates Indigenous artistic traditions that have existed for centuries and continue to thrive within Native communities today..

10.27.18 -
2.17.19

Art, Natural History

Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins

John Simpkins personifies the tradition of the artist as a mystic and hermit as his paintings weave wildlife into dense, layered allegories.

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