School Programs – ALL

All School Programs

If you are interested in registering your class for one of the following programs, please click on BOOK NOW.

Batty About Bats
Bats live in almost every habitat in the world. Learn about bats native to the High Desert and how to identify them. Discover how they use echolocation to navigate and investigate adaptations that increase their chances of survival. Through hands-on exploration students will gain an understanding of how bats function, the food they eat and the types of bats that live in the region. This class is geared toward K-3rd grade.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Biomimicry: Learning from Nature
Nature inspires engineers and scientists to develop solutions to everyday problems. Through hands-on activities, investigate how to use animal and plant structures to help prevent concussions and injuries. Students will use engineering design to solve a real-world problem. This class is geared toward 1st grade. It can be modified for higher grade levels.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
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Birds of Prey
The Museum is the perfect place to meet raptors and get a close-up look at their behavior. Compare and contrast the beaks, wings and talons of different raptors of our desert sky. Dissect owl pellets to learn about nocturnal hunters and their role in the food web. Learn what makes these predators such great hunters.
*There is an additional $15 materials fee.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5
Cost: $180 (60 minutes; includes $15 materials fee for owl pellets) / $205 (90 minutes; includes $15 materials fee for owl pellets)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Desert Dwellers
The High Desert includes four distinct and diverse microhabitats: shrub-steppe, riparian, forest and rimrock. Students learn about form and function and what allows species to survive in each of these environments. Discover ecosystem dynamics in a hands-on way!
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5; Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Desert Waters
In this hands-on class, students explore what a watershed is and learn about ways to protect the one they live in. Through scientific inquiry, students discover where their water comes from and how humans and natural disasters affect their watershed. Free to the first 20 registered classes. 
Grades: 4th grade only.
Cost: Free; Grant-funded class
Duration: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm with lunch break
Energy and the Environment
This on-site program engages students in an exploration of renewable resources in the context of global climate change. Using hands-on activities, students investigate solar and wind power to develop an understanding of the impacts of these technologies in the Pacific Northwest. Free to the first 10 registered classes. Priority will be given to middle and high school students.  
Grades: Grades 6 – 12 only
Cost: Free; Grant-funded class
Duration: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm with lunch break
Erosion!
How are streams formed? How long do weathering processes take? Students will develop a model of a stream and explore how landforms changes over time. This class is geared toward 2nd grade, based on the NGSS for 2nd grade.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2
Cost: $165 (60 minutes)/ $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before and after class.
Fired Up!
Build a forest and watch it burn. This class challenges students to question how a ponderosa pine forest thrives in fire-prone ecosystems. Students uncover the important role fire plays in keeping our forest ecosystem healthy during this all-day program. Free to the first 40 registered classes. 
Grades: 5th grade only.
Cost: Free; Grant-funded class
Duration: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm with lunch break
H2OH! Aquatic Insects
What lives in our stream? Enter the amazing world of macroinvertebrates! Students use the scientific method to classify arthropods, learn about metamorphosis and participate in a stream survey. They observe, collect and identify organisms from the stream. This class is geared toward K–3rd grade.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Native Americans of the High Desert
Discover how different plants and animals shape the lifeways of American Indian tribes of the High Desert. Students explore the seasonal foods and activities of the Wasco, Warm Springs, Northern Paiute and Umatilla tribes as they discover unique characteristics of each culture. Museum objects and reproductions are on hand for students to gain appreciation for the complexities of these enduring communities.
Grades: Grades 3 – 5; Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Reptiles & Amphibians
What sense do snakes use to find food? Why are frogs slimy? Explore a fascinating study of scaled and slimy desert dwellers like lizards, snakes, frogs and salamanders. Students use observation and inquiry to examine the characteristics of these animals, and the unique adaptations that allows them to survive in the High Desert.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Rockin’ Geology
Discover the science behind the powerful forces that shape our landscape. What causes the ground to shift and shake? Why do volcanoes erupt? Study clues to the history of our landscape as we explore how the Earth changes above and below ground through time. Using the Cascade Mountains as a guide, students will experience a variety of different geologic processes through dramatic experiments and eye-popping demonstrations.
Grades: Grades 2 – 5
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Squirrels: An Introduction to Field Investigations
Students become scientists as they explore the habitat of the golden-mantled ground squirrel. Using field-based inquiry, students build on their observation skills and learn how to identify animals and animal signs. Students have fun searching for evidence, collecting and analyzing data and learning about natural history . This class is geared toward 2nd grade and is recommended to pair with the STEM Connect Biodiversity Kit.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Teachers’ Choice: STEM
Students experience an interdisciplinary lesson and apply the engineering design process to plan, design and create solutions to real world problems. Please allow at least three weeks of advance notice to develop the class.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5; Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Traveling the Oregon Trail
Immerse students in life on the rugged Oregon Trail where they’ll learn geography, critical decision-making skills and the importance of teamwork. Students race against the clock in small wagon teams with hopes of arriving in Oregon City on time. This interactive game experience will give your students a memorable journey on the Oregon Trail.
Grades: Grades 3 – 5
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
What’s the Matter?
With some messy experimentation and exciting trial and error, we’ll investigate different types of matter and how one transforms into another. Solid into liquid. Liquid into gas. And best of all, cream into ice cream! Working with household ingredients, students will learn about catalysts and reactions and make a tasty treat in the process.
*There is an additional $15 materials fee.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5
Cost: $180 (60 minutes; includes $15 materials fee) / $205 (90 minutes; includes $15 materials fee)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Oregon Encounters
The rich, multicultural history of Oregon in the 1800s comes alive in this program. Learn about the Native Americans who have lived in the landscape for thousands of years and the newcomers who traveled the Oregon Trail in search of new beginnings. Investigate how they helped shape Oregon into what it is today. Stations around the Museum will highlight diverse perspectives through storytelling, hands-on learning and STEM activities.
Grades: 4th grade only
Cost: $6.50 per student (teachers and chaperones are free)
Dates: April 13 – 17, 2020. Each class will attend one day of the festival.
Duration: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Adventure Tour: High Desert Wildlife Biology
Adventure Tours are 60-minute “private field trips” in which an educational interpreter guides your group through the Museum to connect objects and ideas with a common theme.
In this tour, investigate the life history of animals in our care, including the otters, porcupines and birds of prey, and learn how different species are adapted to various High Desert environments.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5; Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $7 per student, 20-student maximum per tour. Price includes Museum admission.
Duration: 60 minutes. Concurrent tours may be available.
Adventure Tour: Wildlife Care
Adventure Tours are 60-minute “private field trips” in which an educational interpreter guides your group through the Museum to connect objects and ideas with a common theme. Have you ever wanted to work with wildlife or explore a career in wildlife biology? This tour offers a special behind-the-scenes inside look at how we care for animals at the Museum and why they are here.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 2 – 5; Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $7 per student, 20-student maximum per tour. Price includes Museum admission.
Duration: 60 minutes. Concurrent tours may be available.
Adventure Tour: Custom Topic
Let an educational interpreter guide your group through the Museum to connect objects and ideas with a common theme. This 60-minute “private field trip” will better engage your students with topics of the High Desert by adding an expert to guide your journey. Adventure Tours can be integrated into any field trip or Discovery Class. With ever-changing exhibits, a custom tour allows special requests based on specific exhibits or topics being covered in class. Please allow at least three weeks of advance notice to develop the tour.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 2 – 5; Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $7 per student, 20-student maximum per tour. Price includes Museum admission.
Duration: 60 minutes. Concurrent tours may be available.