Backpack Explorers

Backpack Explorers

Two class options available:

Wednesdays or Thursdays

10:00 am – 11:00 am

RSVP required as space is limited

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 $10 per child, non-members $15 per child, plus Museum admission for accompanying adult.

Pre-registration and payment is required.

Per High Desert Museum policy, no refunds can be issued. For cases of illness or emergency, with notice 24-hours before the class, a class transfer may be issued.

Click on the underlined dates below to register!

Nov 22 and 23


Nov 29 and 30

The Art of Camouflage

Can you see me now? Come discover how predators and prey stay safe and unseen as we journey outside through the forest.

December 6 and 7

High Desert Cats

Bobcats, lynxes, cougars… oh my! Let’s hide, stalk and pounce like the big

cats in the wild. See up close what they eat and how they survive.

December 13 and 14

Nature’s Palette

Make a ponderosa paintbrush and try out plein air painting. We’ll go outside to experience painting and drawing the landscape. Take home some cards just in time for the holidays!

December 20 and 21

Happening Hibernation

Who loves to sleep all winter long? Learn how animals prepare for the change of season and how they survive the cold by slowing down and waiting for spring.

December 27 and 28


January 3 and 4


January 10 and 11

Snow Much Fun!

In the winter, water may fall from the sky as sleet, hail or snow. We’ll take a closer look at the ways of water as we explore frozen water on the Blue Planet. Bring your mittens!

January 17 and 18

Cool Chemists

What happens when you mix two things together? Be a chemist in our lab and swirl colors together and make solutions that fizz and bubble.

January 24 and 25

Creatures of the Night

Did you hear that? What was it? This class is your chance to get a close-up look at some of the many creatures that come out at night. Being nocturnal is pretty popular in the animal world.

January 31 and February 1

There’s Gold!

Search for “gold” in the 19th century placer mine and take your findings home. Explore the booming city that resulted from the riches of different kinds of mining.

February 7 and 8

Critter Collage

Furry, feathery and scaly friends will visit our art studio and inspire artistic creations. Exploring techniques of artists such as Eric Carle, Picasso and Van Gogh, we will experiment with colors and textures to create our own masterpieces.

February 14 and 15

Electric Boogie

Light up your life and experiment with simple circuits, static electricity and magnetism! A robot will make a guest appearance.

February 21 and 22

Art Through Ancestry

Explore Native American art and traditions. Learn which animals are  important to Native cultures. Make your own inspirational art.

February 28 and March 1

Keeper Care

Go behind the scenes and find out how we care for the Museum’s animals. Help our staff prepare meals for the wildlife.

With support from Chambers Family Foundation.