Museum hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
10:00 am: High Desert Nature Walk (weather permitting): Explore the Museum grounds on this walk and learn about plants and animals that live in the High Desert. Meet at the Naturalist table near the Desertarium.
10:30 am: High Desert Fish Talk. Learn about High Desert fish species, their natural history and how to identify them. Feed the fish in Cheney Pond.
11:00 am - 4:00 pm : 1904 Miller Ranch and Sawmill: Meet the Millers as they welcome you into the past. Explore how this working family lived and supported themselves in the High Desert. Come enjoy the fire. Help with doing chores or play pioneer games!
11:00 am - 4:00 pm, 1:00 pm talk (weekends beginning June 3, daily beginning July 1): High Desert Ranger Station: Explore the role of the U.S. Forest Service in managing your National Forest System at this historic ranger station from which a district forest ranger cared for the land and served the people for decades.
11:00 am: High Desert Reptile Encounter: Learn about the reptiles of the High Desert, from identification and range to anatomy and reproduction. This is a chance to touch a cold-blooded animal! Meet in the Desertarium for this encounter.
11:30 am: Carnivore Talk: From wolves to cougars to bobcats and raccoons, the High Desert is home to many predatory animals. Learn how to identify them and hear about their ecology in the Oregon Cascades and High Desert. Held in the E.L. Wiegand Pavilion at the Donald M. Kerr Bird of Prey Center.
12:30 pm: Raptors of the Desert Sky: Be awed by the agility, beauty and power of free-flying raptors during our outdoor flight program. Hear about hawks, owls, falcons and vultures as they soar close enough to raise the hairs on your head! Tickets available at Admissions, must be purchased by noon. Members $3, non-member adults $5, children ages 5-12 $3, and children ages 4 and under are free.
1:30 pm: Otter Encounter: Explore this charismatic animal's role in riparian ecosystems of the High Desert. Where are they found? What do they eat? How are they an indicator of a healthy river community? Meet at the Autzen Otter Exhibit.
2:00 pm: Spirit of the West Tour in the Hall of Explorations and Settlement: Take a guided journey through a Native American rock shelter, fur trader encampment, silver mine, the Oregon Trail, and an 1885 settlement town. Explore how the High Desert changed dramatically in the 19th century. If you can't make this guided tour, an audio tour is available for free at Admissions.
2:45 pm: Desert Dwellers: See a variety of animals that are adpated to thrive in the High Desert. Meet some of the native High Desert wildlife up close! Held in the E.L. Wiegand Pavilion at the Donald M. Kerr Bird of Prey Center.
3:30 pm: Bird of Prey Encounter: Have you ever been eye-to-eye with a bird of prey? Meet a raptor up close! Discover how to identify these aerial predators, learn about their fascinating adaptations, their habitat and how we ensure their future in the High Desert. Held in the E.L. Wiegand Pavilion at the Donald M. Kerr Bird of Prey Center.