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!
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Of Birds and Bugs: Sage Grouse and West Nile Virus The greater sage grouse faces many pressures in the High Desert. West Nile virus, first detected in Oregon in 2005, is one lesser-known threat to this iconic bird of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem. Emily Weidner, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (more…)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
From Guangdong to Oregon: The Archaeology of Oregon’s Chinese Immigrant Diaspora Chelsea Rose, an archaeologist at Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, will highlight her work at sites associated with railroad workers on the Oregon and California Line and miners working along the John Day River, Jacksonville’s Chinese Quarter and Chinese villages where individuals emigrated (more…)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Our relationship with predators such as cougars, eagles and wolves is ancient, complex and evolving. What role do predators play in the ecology and culture of the High Desert? What would an ideal coexistence with these animals look like to you? Curator of Natural History Louise Shirley will give a short, introductory presentation before leading (more…)
High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin
Photographer Rich Bergeman captures the decaying homesteads, vanished town sites and High Desert ecology through beautiful black-and-white photographs.
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.
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..