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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


  • Teachers' Night Out
    09.14.17
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Network with colleagues and community partners. Enjoy free food, drinks and gifts. Educational resources available. Special programs before the main event, at 6:00 pm, include: 5:00 pm Miller Family Ranch and Sawmill Tour 5:30 pm Bird of Prey Encounter Free to educators and administrators Contact Erica Pelley at 541-382-4754 ext. 320 or info@highdesertmuseum.org to donate (more…)


  • 09.20.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 09.21.17
    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…)


  • 09.23.17
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The High Desert Museum and other Central Oregon Children’s Forest partners will fill Riverbend Park with interactive, nature-inspired stations for the whole family. 10:00 am—3:00 pm Free Riverbend Park 799 SW Columbia St., Bend (more…)


  • 09.27.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 09.28.17
    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…)


  • 09.28.17
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Throughout their lives, Doc and Connie Hatfield have been committed to developing partnership and building consensus to engender sustainability in the High Desert. On their ranch in Brothers, Oregon, they demonstrated how a holistic approach to ranching can be compatible with healthier rangelands, riparian zones and watersheds. Their inspiring dialogue between conservation groups and traditional (more…)


  • 09.30.17
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Small Plateau Style Wallet Weaving Workshop with Pat Courtney Gold Students will weave a small Wasco Sally Bag Wallet. They will learn: Wefts, Warps, Tension, “’Z” twining, and full-turn twining to create the designs. Unique start of basket, traditional “braid” rim. Because of time constraints, commercial fibers will be used, and will be provided by (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

10.1.16 -
9.3.17

Art, History

From the Vault: Pat Courtney Gold Baskets

Beautiful baskets featuring traditional basketry techniques and contemporary design motifs created by Wasco artist Pat Courtney Gold.

1.28.17 -
9.10.17

History

WWII: The High Desert Home Front

Discover the role the region played in the war and the war’s local impact.

5.27.17 -
11.12.17

Art

Beyond Fences

Photographer Brown W. Cannon III explores what it means to be a cowboy.

2.18.17 -
12.2.17

Art, Natural History

Legendary Landscapes

A community-curated photographic exhibit of High Desert landscapes and the stories behind their names.

7.27.17 -
8.26.17

Art, History

Art in the West

Annual exhibition and auction of exemplary Western art.

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.

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