Don’t forget that Museum Members receive a 20% discount on Backpack Explorers. Click here to become a Member. In order to access your Member discount, you must create an online account if you have not already done so. Click here to create an account.
Two class options available:
Wednesdays or Thursdays
10:00 am – 11:00 am
RSVP and pre-payment are required as space is limited in Backpack Explorers.
Come on an adventure!
Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Your little will don a backpack 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!
$15 per child, Members receive 20% discount. Non-members pay Museum admission for accompanying adult. $5 materials fee for siblings younger than 3 who participate in the crafts.
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!
January 23 & January 24
With a coat of sharp quills, this High Desert creature knows how to keep predators away. We’ll be sure to not get too close to our porcupine as we see what its life is all about.
January 30 & January 31
Warmth in Winter
What keeps you warm at night? Travel back in time to the 1800s and imagine keeping warm as a fur trader camping or while traveling the Oregon Trail. Discover how certain animals stay warm all winter long.
February 6 & February 7
Painting on Canvas
Inspired by the art of John Simpkins in the exhibit “Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins,” create your own large-format folk art and a story to go along with it.
February 27 & February 28
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.
March 6 & March 7
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. Explore the secrets of animal camouflage with eye-opening science activities.
March 13 & March 14
Critters Drawn with Charcoal
Tour a new exhibit, The Beauty of Wild Things: Charcoal Drawings by April Coppini, and learn the basics of drawing animals and then make your own charcoal artwork.
March 20 & March 21
Celebrate snakes at the Museum! Make your own snake puppet, listen to a silly snake story and create your own cereal snake. Play a matching game and visit with an animal friend.
March 27 and March 28
No Backpack Explorers
April 10 & April 11
See nature in a whole new way. Bring your curiosity and find out how different natural objects look at a microscopic level. We’ll collect specimens and examine different textures, patterns and colors using a handheld digital microscope.
April 17 & April 18
No Backpack Explorers
April 24 & April 25
Otters sleep 12 hours a day, and we love them whether they are awake or sleeping. Learn how fun a day in the life of an otter is. Bounding, somersaulting and slip-sliding around the river, otters clearly know how to have fun. Come discover what makes these aquatic wonders so special.
May 1 & May 2
How does water move through a landscape? How do people use water? What lives in the Museum’s stream and pond? Explore the convergence of art and science through activities inspired by the exhibit Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West.
May 22 & May 23
Buds are beginning to burst with the arrival of spring! Plants provide us with so much, including food and oxygen—plus, they are beautiful! Create your own flower press, make sun-prints and explore natural dyes.
May 29 & May 30
Things are warming up outside and it’s time for us to get out and explore nature. We’ll go for a nature hike and talk about how to plan for a fun and safe day in the wilderness.
Backpack Explorers will resume in September 2019. Have a wonderful summer!
With support from Chambers Family Foundation.