Daily Schedule

 Daily Schedule 

11:30 am Raptors of the Desert Sky

Be awed by the beauty and power of free-flying raptors during our outdoor program. Learn all about birds of prey as they soar close enough to raise the hairs on your head. A 15-minute walk from the Admissions Desk. The trail to the flight area may be difficult for strollers and wheelchairs. Weather permitting.

Although tickets must be purchased no later than 11:00 am, they often sell out before 10:00 am. Get here early to secure your tickets!

Members, children and seniors $5, Non-members $7, plus admission.

Ages 2 and younger are free.


Nature Walk
10:00 am

Join a naturalist for a short walk on Museum grounds to learn about the diverse habitats that support an abundance of plants and animals in the High Desert region. 

10:30 am High Desert Fish Tales

Healthy populations of fish have sustained economies and ecosystems in the High Desert for thousands of years. Learn about the surprising diversity of native fish, their importance to our communities, and why we must work together to conserve and restore them to the landscape. At Cheney Pond gathering area, weather permitting

Otter Encounter
12:30 pm

Explore the role these charismatic animals play in riparian ecosystems of the High Desert. Where are otters found? What do they eat? How are they an indicator of a healthy river community? At the Autzen Otter Exhibit

1:30 pm Wolves in the West

At one time the entire High Desert was habitat for the gray wolf. Exterminated in the 1900s, the apex predator is now staging a comeback. Learn about the biology of wolves, their role in natural ecosystems and the challenges our communities are working to overcome as they return home.

2:00 pm Horses on the Range

There are an estimated 95,000 free-roaming horses throughout the West. Where did they come from, how are they managed and what impact do they have on High Desert ecosystems?

3:00 pm Desert Dwellers

We share the High Desert with an amazing diversity of wildlife. Explore the adaptations that enable animals to thrive here and meet some of our wildlife neighbors up close!

Bird of Prey Encounter
4:00 pm 

Meet a non-releasable raptor in the Museum’s care. Learn about the unique adaptations of different raptors, their role in the environment and what you can do to ensure their future in the High Desert. This is a first-come, first-seated event with doors closing promptly on the hour.

High Desert Ranger Station
10:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Weekends beginning May 25, Daily beginning June 1

Explore a historic ranger station building while learning about the role of the U.S. Forest Service in managing your National Forest System.