Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Our team of Museum educators are here to assist teachers and caregivers with engaging lessons for all ages. From natural history explorations to our famed Oregon Encounters, you’ll find many tools to expand horizons and keep the kids learning.

Virtual Oregon Encounters

Begin your Oregon Encounters journey with an overview of the video series and some guiding questions including how Oregon’s history has shaped the state today.

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  • PreK-Grade 12
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  • Grades 6-8
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Thriving with Fire Coloring Pages

What thrives after a fire? Learn about three species from three different kingdoms (plant, animal and fungus) and appreciate their unique relationship to fire as you color.

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Virtual Fired Up!

Join us as we take a brief dive into forest fires! Learn what a fire needs to burn, the role that fire plays in a forest and what makes a forest healthy. Hand on activities included!

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Virtual Field Science at Ryan Ranch

In this virtual field trip, explore the important habitat at Ryan Ranch, participate in interactive activities and learn more about the Oregon spotted frog.

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Serpientes Silvestres con Natalie

Aprende sobre las serpientes salvajes, haz una marioneta de bolsa de papel y luego cuenta la tuya historia usándolo.

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High Desert Animals Crossword Puzzle

How well do you know the animals that call the Museum home? Test your knowledge in this crossword puzzle.

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Color and Shape Walk

Create a unique shape and color bracelet and then explore outside while identifying shapes and matching colors that you see.

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Animal Sign Language

Are you ready to learn ASL — Animal Sign Language? Join as we explore a handful of American Sign Language signs reflecting the animals we care for at the High Desert Museum.

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Volcanoes of Oregon

Explore the science behind the powerful forces that shape our landscape.

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Designs Inspired by Nature: Community Health Challenge

Nature has long ignited the imagination of engineers, designers and architects. It’s called biomimicry and you can learn more here!

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Art and Our Stories

Learn about one of the works of art in the High Desert Museum’s collection and create your own art piece, recording your memories during this time.

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Buzzing and Blossoming: Observing and Recording Spring Changes

Spring is here! Are you noticing more bird songs in the morning? Blooming flowers and tree buds in your neighborhood? Make observations of seasonal changes and record what you notice through art and writing.

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Oregon Trail Reflections: Letitia Carson’s Story

Learn about one of Oregon’s earliest African American settlers, Letitia Carson, in this short video and educator resource, which offers suggestions for discussing this video with students or diving deeper at home.

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Oregon Encounters

Begin your Oregon Encounters journey with an overview of the video series and some guiding questions including how Oregon’s history has shaped the state today.