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Education

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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


  • 02.27.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Explore the “two lives” of toads and frogs, as these hoppers spend time in both water and on land. Find out which one is a faster swimmer and which one is a higher jumper. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on (more…)


  • 02.28.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Explore the “two lives” of toads and frogs, as these hoppers spend time in both water and on land. Find out which one is a faster swimmer and which one is a higher jumper. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on (more…)


  • 03.25.19 - 03.29.19
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Nature Photography for 4th – 5th Grade Calling all amateur photographers! With a camera in hand, venture to exciting locations within the High Desert to take photos! There will be three full-day field trips in this camp. Learn the basics of digital photography as you explore the natural world through the lens of a camera. (more…)


  • 03.25.19 - 03.29.19
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mad Scientist for 2nd – 3rd Grade Step into the science laboratory! Learn about elements through fun and messy chemistry experiments. Discover what expands, what contracts and what explodes! Offering camps for elementary students on no school days! 9:00 am — 3:00 pm Spring Break Camp $206.25, Members receive 20% discount Price with extended care: (more…)


  • 03.25.19 - 03.29.19
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wildlife Investigation for K-1st Grade Put your detective hats on, we have a mystery to solve! Each day will explore the answer to some of nature’s biggest questions. Do turtles like wearing sweaters, or cats wearing hats? Who would really win a game of cat and mouse? And, of course, which came first – the (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.8.18 -
7.14.19

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.

9.22.18 -
1.20.19

Art, History

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..

10.27.18 -
2.17.19

Art, Natural History

Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins

John Simpkins personifies the tradition of the artist as a mystic and hermit as his paintings weave wildlife into dense, layered allegories.

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