School Programs – Grades 6 – 12

Grade 6 – 12 School Programs

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

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.
Energy and the Environment
Students explore 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
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.
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.
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.