Homeschool Day

Homeschool Day

Thank you for attending our previous Homeschool Day, the next one will occur on March 14, 2024. 

Homeschool Day is your chance to experience a field trip at the High Desert Museum! For just $12 a person, you can tour the museum, attend a Discovery Class (registration required), and attend special wildlife encounters. We will also have facilitated art activities and other special programs to make this the perfect day for homeschoolers to visit the Museum.

Be sure to register early, particularly for Discovery Classes, as space is limited.

Adults must accompany their children/students at all times and must also register for Discovery Classes if their children/students plan to attend.

Discovery Class #1: Animal Needs

10:15 am – 11:15 am – Recommended for Kindergarten and First Grade students

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.  

Discovery Class #2: High Desert Habitats

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Recommended for 2nd and 3rd grade students

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

Discovery Class #3: Hidden Waters

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm – Recommended for 4th and 5th Grade students

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.


Self Guided

While not facilitated, a self-guided field trip includes access to all exhibits and Museum spaces including our rotating temporary exhibits. You will also be able to attend special wildlife encounters throughout the museum, facilitated art activities, and other special programs which will be offered on this day only.


What does the pricing look like?

$12 student, $12 per adult, teacher, or chaperone

Do I need to register?

Yes, you need to register for Homeschool Day AND if you would like to attend a Discovery Class, you must register in advance.

Where can we eat lunch?

You can purchase lunch in the café, or you may choose to bring your own lunch and eat only in the following areas: Classroom B, Classroom C, The meadow adjacent to “Dig Crawl Climb”, or picnic tables in front of museum.

How much are tickets for the event?

Cost for parents, chaperones, and school-aged children (3-year-old+) is $12 per person. Children 2 and younger are free.

Can I use my membership to receive a discount this day?

Individual or family memberships cannot be applied to homeschool group admission.

Do I need to arrive with my entire homeschool group?

No, groups can arrive separately.

Do I need to purchase a self-guided ticket and a Discovery Class ticket?

No, you if you register for a Discovery Class this includes your self-guided visit. If you do not intend to attend a Discovery Class, then you must purchase a Self-guided ticket for the day.