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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


  • 01.09.18
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The proposed Endangered Species Act listing of the greater sage-grouse in 2015 motivated collaborative conservation efforts of an unprecedented scale. Join Dr. Lee Foster, sage-grouse conservation coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, for a presentation of what has followed the decision not to list the species, and what the future might hold (more…)


  • 01.10.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 01.11.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning. New themes weekly! Members (more…)


  • 01.13.18
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Photography Join our wildlife curators to meet and photograph animals in the Museum’s living collection. Learn the stories behind the animals in our care, how they are trained and cared for and how they are used to educate the public about conservation issues. Take portrait- style photos of native raptors, reptiles and insects. Experienced photographers (more…)


  • 01.13.18
    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…)


  • 01.15.18
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm All camps this session K-5th grade. School’s Out Kids Camp! Kitchen Whiz Ever been told not to play with your food? Not this time! Join us for a 1-day camp as we experiment with food, learn about it and eat some of it! Create geysers, make bread and butter and (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.2.17 -
2.17.18

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.

Growing up otter

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