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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


  • 04.24.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Otters sleep 12 hours a day, and we love them whether they are awake or sleeping. Learn how fun a day in the life of an otter is. Bounding, somersaulting and slip-sliding around the river, otters clearly know how to have fun. Come discover what makes these aquatic wonders so special. (more…)


  • 04.25.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Otters sleep 12 hours a day, and we love them whether they are awake or sleeping. Learn how fun a day in the life of an otter is. Bounding, somersaulting and slip-sliding around the river, otters clearly know how to have fun. Come discover what makes these aquatic wonders so special. (more…)


  • 04.26.19
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West! Water shapes both the High Desert landscape and the ways in which humans and animals live within it. Join us for an original High Desert Museum exhibition exploring regional concerns and global issues surrounding this precious resource through the lens of science and (more…)


  • 04.27.19
    8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join our wildlife curators to learn about and photograph the wildlife in our care. Experienced photographers will be available to walk participants through various camera techniques with portrait-style and action photography opportunities with birds and mammals. Participants are invited to explore the fundamentals of their equipment during a preliminary meeting on Friday, April 26 at (more…)


  • 04.27.19
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Calling all families—learn about the Oregon spotted frog and how to keep our local watershed healthy in this interactive workshop. Conduct hands-on science and art activities. Take a field trip to an Oregon spotted frog habitat and participate in a stewardship project. This workshop is for children ages 7 to 10 and an adult caregiver. (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.

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.

3.2.19 -
6.23.19

Art, Natural History

The Beauty of Wild Things: Charcoal Drawings by April Coppini

The Portland-based artist is known for breathing life into charcoal depictions of the wild inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest.

Growing up otter

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