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Kids & Families

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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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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


  • 01.17.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 01.18.18
    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…)


  • 01.19.18 - 01.20.18
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join educators from the Environmental Center and High Desert Museum for two days of interactive, hands-on experiments. Teachers will gain knowledge and tools to teach 5th-8th grade students about climate science issues and solutions. Teachers will receive a curriculum, classroom kit and full unit plan aligned with NGSS standards. Substitute funding provided. January 19 and (more…)


  • 01.20.18
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn to draw the hawks, eagles and owls on exhibit under the guidance of artist and teacher Ian Factor. The workshop will begin with classroom instruction and sketching exercises from taxidermy specimens before moving on to draw live birds. Suitable for ages 14 and older. 10:00 am—1:00 pm Members $20, non-members $25 The following Refund (more…)


  • 01.20.18
    10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Encouraging the right bird species to nest on your property could help create the perfect backyard ecology. Join us to learn about the benefits of different species, followed by a hands-on work session in the Museum’s woodshop to build a nest box to take home. Building materials provided. Suitable for ages 8 and older. 10:30 (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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