Traveling Trunks


Trunks are a great way to extend the learning experience of the High Desert Museum and bring it back to the classroom.

These trunks are all-inclusive, curriculum-based learning units designed to enliven classroom learning through authentic materials and hands-on lessons. Each trunk contains artifacts about the topic and standards-based curriculum with background information. The following trunks are available:

Journey through the Water Cycle
Using games and hands-on activities, this kit guides the students through the water cycle, watersheds, erosion and deposition.

Skulls and Pelts of High Desert Animals
Use skulls and pelts to explore the adaptations of animals in the region.

Traveling the Trail
Through materials and artifacts, students explore the Oregon Trail.

Biomimicry: Nature Inspires Design
From helmets to safety barriers, animals inspire the design of safer equipment and materials. Using this kit, students investigate animal adaptations and create their own safety devices. The kit includes five skulls and consumable materials.

Water Quality with Vernier Probes
Students learn how to test water quality using pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and temperature with Vernier probes. Manual tests for pH, dissolved oxygen and temperature are provided.

Squishy Circuits
With a special dough, kids use their hands to create their very own simple circuits, or even light up sculptures that move and make sounds! Explore current, resistance and voltage through real-world observations. The kit includes a class set of battery packs, LED lights, hobby motors and buzzers to explore electricity in a fun, hands-on way. The recipe for the dough will be provided.

Cost: Two weeks for $25.

For more information or to reserve a Traveling Trunk, contact Erica Pelley at 541-382-4754 ext. 320 or contact us.

Project EduBat Trunk
The Project EduBat Trunk is provided by BatsLive: A Distance Learning Adventure, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and many other agencies and partners. The goal is to educate people of all ages on bat ecology, bat conservation, and impacts of the white-nose syndrome disease. Contact the USFS to determine associated shipping costs.

Activities and curricula in the bat trunk can be viewed on the BatsLive website at

Contact: Shelley Borchert, Deschutes National Forest, at 541-383-4701.