Thanks to your generous support, the High Desert Museum has offered inspiring exhibitions, programs, wildlife encounters and art that connect visitors to the natural beauty and human ecology of the High Desert region for 35 years. Your donation helps educate future generations with unforgettable learning experiences that are not available anywhere else.

Please help us maintain our early childhood education programs such as Little Wonders that contribute to expanding critical thinking skills and developing an interest in science. Help us present nine new exhibits a year that engage and entertain. Help make the Museum accessible to 14,000 families every year who can’t afford to visit. Help us care for our otters and other animals. We spend more than $27,000 a year to keep our mammals, raptors, reptiles and amphibians healthy and well-fed. Giving feels good, and it’s tax deductible. The High Desert Museum is a 501(c)3 and it’s easy to donate online. Just go to the green Donate button above and fill out the simple donation form.

Donations of any amount are deeply appreciated. If you are interested in making a sustaining gift on a recurring monthly or quarterly basis, please call Director of Philanthropy Heather Vihstadt at 541-382-4754 ext. 329.


If you are interested in making a gift in memory or in honor of someone, please call the Museum’s accounting office at 541-382-4754 ext. 232.

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The High Desert Museum Loyalty Society was created in the summer of 2021 to recognize the ongoing commitment to and investment in the Museum by individuals who contribute annually, making it possible for the Museum to thrive and grow over the decades. We are grateful for the generosity of these loyal supporters, who have played a critical role in sustaining the excellence of our exhibitions and programs.

Consecutive gifts for the last five years or more to any area of the Museum qualify one for the Loyalty Society. Consecutive giving is updated at the end of each calendar year (January 1 – December 31).

If you have questions about your giving history, please contact Director of Philanthropy Heather Vihstadt at 541-382-4754 ext.329 or

If you would prefer, you can mail your donation to the High Desert Museum, 59800 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702. Thank you!

Please note: Donations made through the green Donate button above cannot be attributed towards membership purchases, including the Desert Sage Society and Adopt an Animal. Please see the links below for joining or renewing as a Museum member.

If you would like to learn more about different ways to donate, please click the links below.