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Kids & Families

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Education

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Lifelong learning starts here! Explore teacher trainings, memorable field trips and unique school programs.

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The Museum

Wildlife,
History & Art

Otters, porcupines, owls, oh my! Encounter wildlife up close, explore the history and culture of the wild West and take in beautiful art. The High Desert Museum is a cultural gem set on 135 acres of awe. It’s no wonder visitors voted us one of the best things to do in Bend Oregon!

Upcoming
Events


  • 05.10.19
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the work of fourth and fifth graders from Ensworth Elementary School in Bend in Kids Curate, a yearlong project incorporating science and art that culminates in an exhibit at the Museum. This year, students learned about the geology and natural ecosystems of Smith Rock to create drawings, sculptures and a photographic collage that will (more…)


  • 05.11.19
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us in celebrating International Migratory Bird Day, cosponsored by the partners of the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and Oregon State Parks. This is a family event featuring kid-friendly bird walks, educational activities, cultural and art activities, and more. Activities offered in English and Spanish. 9:00 am — 1:00 pm At Tumalo State Park 64170 (more…)


  • 05.11.19
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join Jon Nelson, curator of wildlife, and Andries Fourie, curator of art and community engagement, for a field trip to the Metolius River to check pre-set wildlife cameras and participate in a landscape drawing workshop. The wildlife cameras will give participants a glimpse of the animals that live near the river. The workshop provides an (more…)


  • 05.14.19
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Just like ample sunshine and panoramic views of the Cascades, fire is a natural part of our Central Oregon ecosystems. Nicole Strong, assistant professor of forestry and natural resources with Oregon State University Extension Service, will describe the different ways our Central Oregon forest ecosystems have adapted to and depend on fire. Nicole will discuss (more…)


  • 05.15.19
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free admission to all visitors age 65 or older. Made possible by           (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.8.18 -
7.14.19

Art, Natural History

Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature

The High Desert Museum is pleased to present Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature, an original exhibition exploring the navigational feats performed by wildlife.

10.27.18 -
2.17.19

Art, Natural History

Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins

John Simpkins personifies the tradition of the artist as a mystic and hermit as his paintings weave wildlife into dense, layered allegories.

1.26.19 -
4.7.19

Art, History

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Rick Bartow (1946-2016) is one of Oregon’s most celebrated Indigenous artists. Rick’s sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints are an eloquent exploration of his identity, and they remind us that identity is layered and complex.

Growing up otter

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