Discovery Class Registration

Discovery Class Registration

Our Discovery Classes offer opportunities to dive deeper into exciting content while also incorporating Next Generation Science Standards. This year we have added new facilitated programs to our menu to connect with every grade level from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Each class lasts approximately 45 minutes long.

Classes will not be available after May 31st.

See options by grade and registration form below!
(Please note:
 classes cannot be adjusted to any other grade level than what is offered)

Field Trip Costs

Field trip costs are charged based on a sliding scale. Utilizing Oregon Department of Education’s Community Eligibility Provision guidelines, pricing per student or chaperone will be determined by your school’s overall percentage of identified students eligible for the program (ISP). Chaperones within the ratio of 1 adult per 5 students is free, and additional chaperones above this ratio will cost extra. Teachers and support staff visit free.

Questions? Please email or call 541-382-4754 ext. 320.


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Kindergarten – Animal Needs 

K.LS1.1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals need to survive.  

Using animal biofacts and observing live animals throughout the Museum, students will identify characteristics that help the animals obtain the foods they need to survive.  

3rd Grade – Animals of the High Desert

3.LS4.3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat, some organisms can survive well, some survive less well and some cannot survive at all. 

Students will observe specialized plant and animal adaptations that help these organisms survive in the High Desert.  

6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade – Wildlife Biology

Careers, College Readiness

Students will explore different STEM careers and find out what it takes to care for wildlife at the High Desert Museum. They will meet staff and learn about their educational paths for this type of career.  (This program will only be available to book on Thursdays.)

1st Grade – Animal Adaptations

LS1.A:  Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. 

Using a live animal visitor and animals throughout the Museum, students will observe various adaptations that help animals survive. (This program is only available with a live animal visitor on Thursdays).

4th Grade – Geology

4.ESS1.1 Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in landscape over time.  

Students will explore a “Dig site” on the museum grounds that show Mazama and Newberry ash layers to create their own model illustrating the layers of volcanic activity in the region.

2nd Grade – High Desert Habitats

2.LS4.1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.  

Students will learn about three Central Oregon habitats by studying and making (fake) scat of some of the animals that live there.

5th Grade – Hidden Waters

5.ESS2.2 Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on earth 

Students will discuss aquifers and other forms of fresh water in the High Desert and build a model to explore how pumping wells can affect groundwater sources.