Daily Schedule

Spring Daily Schedule

Living History Interpretation at the 1904 Miller Ranch and Sawmill 
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Meet the Millers as they welcome you into the past. Explore how this working family lived and supported itself in the High Desert. Help with chores and play games!

Natural History Walk
10:30 am
Sometimes referred to as the “Big Empty,” the High Desert isn’t as barren as you think! Join a naturalist for a short walk on Museum grounds to learn about the fascinating geography and diverse habitats that support a surprising abundance of plants and animals in the region. 

Bird of Prey Encounter
11:00 am
Meet a nonreleasable 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. 

Carnivore Talk
12:00 pm
From wolves and cougars to bobcats and black bears, many predatory animals call the High Desert home. Learn how to identify them and hear about their role in the region. 

Otter Encounter
1:00 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? 

High Desert Hooves
2:00 pm
Mammals with hooves, such as mule deer and pronghorn, are some of the most iconic species in the High Desert. Find out how scientists study their migration patterns and manage challenging issues facing these populations.

Bird of Prey Encounter
3:00 pm
Meet a nonreleasable 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. 

Summer Daily Schedule

Begins Monday, May 30

High Desert Ranger Station
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Weekends beginning May 28
Daily beginning July 1

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.

Natural History 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 region.

1904 Miller Ranch and Sawmill 
10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Meet Central Oregonians of the past as they welcome you into interactive history. Explore how a family lived and supported itself in the High Desert. Help with the chores and play games!

Horses on the Range
10:30 am
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?

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? 

High Desert Fish Tales
1:30 pm
Healthy populations of fish have sustained economies and ecosystems in the High Desert for thousands of years. Discover the surprising diversity of native fish, their importance to our communities and why we must work together to restore them to the landscape. At Cheney Pond gathering area, weather permitting.

Wolves in the High Desert
2:00 pm
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 communities are working to overcome as they return home.

Desert Dwellers*
3:00 pm
We share the High Desert with an amazing diversity of wildlife. Explore the adaptations that enable our wild neighbors to thrive while learning about their conservation from our animal ambassadors!

*A separate ticket is required to attend this program. There is no extra charge. Please ask at Admissions upon arrival.

Bird of Prey Encounter*
4:00 pm
Meet a nonreleasable 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. 

*A separate ticket is required to attend this program. There is no extra charge. Please ask at Admissions upon arrival.

Raptors of the Desert Sky
11:30 am

Be awed by the beauty and power of free-flying raptors during our outdoor program. Learn all about birds of prey as they soar overhead.

A 15-minute walk from the Admissions Desk. The trail to the flight area may be difficult for strollers and wheelchairs. Weather permitting.

Members, children and seniors $5
Nonmembers $7 plus admission

Ages 2 and younger are free