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Kids & Families

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Learn about kid-friendly exhibits, activities, camps and more.

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Education

Teach & Learn

Lifelong learning starts here! Explore teacher trainings, memorable field trips and unique school programs.

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Volunteer, become a member or donate to support arts, education, wildlife and more.

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


  • 03.21.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 03.22.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Spring is here and the pollinators are out! Explore how bees, butterflies and hummingbirds help take care of the forest. Come on an adventure! Parents and children ages 3-5 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 and (more…)


  • 03.24.18
    11:00 am - 11:30 am

Raptors take flight overhead in this intimate demonstration. Experience these powerful predators up close as our wildlife specialists showcase the birds’ agility and grace. 11:00 am and 1:30 pm Members $3, non-members $5 plus admission Registration and prepayment or purchase tickets at admissions. (more…)


  • 03.24.18
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Raptors take flight overhead in this intimate demonstration. Experience these powerful predators up close as our wildlife specialists showcase the birds’ agility and grace. 11:00 am and 1:30 pm Members $3, non-members $5 plus admission Registration and prepayment or purchase tickets at admissions. (more…)


  • 03.25.18
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 03.25.18
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Raptors take flight overhead in this intimate demonstration. Experience these powerful predators up close as our wildlife specialists showcase the birds’ agility and grace. 11:00 am and 1:30 pm Members $3, non-members $5 plus admission Registration and prepayment or purchase tickets at admissions. (more…)


  • 03.26.18 - 03.30.18
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Register Nowby ACTIVE Network March 26-30, 2018 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Kids in kindergarten-5th grade will have fun exploring nature, culture and science. Day camps fill up fast. If a camp is full, sign up for the waitlist. Animal Trackers (K – 1st grade) Have you ever wondered how to track an animal? Learn about (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

5.26.17 -
1.7.18

Kids, Natural History, Art

Capturing Time: Celebrating 35 Years of the High Desert Museum

Explore the conception of time through objects from our permanent collection./p>

9.2.17 -
7.15.18

Kids, Natural History

Innovation Lab: Design Inspired by Nature

Learn how designers, engineers and architects are taking a page out of nature's book, and create some designs of your own in this family-friendly exhibition.

10.13.17 -
4.8.18

Art, Natural History, Wildlife

Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx

Enter the world of Archaeopteryx, a famous fossil that has informed our current understanding of birds and flight.

12.15.17 -
4.30.18

Art

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

Black-and-white photographs that document the gay rodeo circuit and lives of many of its participants.

4.28.18 -
9.3.18

Art, Natural History

Ascent: Climbing Explored

Discover the sport and spirit of mountaineering and rock climbing in a new, Museum-curated exhibit highlighting the history and culture of these adventure sports.

Growing up otter

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