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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


  • 03.25.19 - 03.29.19
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Nature Photography for 4th – 5th Grade Calling all amateur photographers! With a camera in hand, venture to exciting locations within the High Desert to take photos! There will be three full-day field trips in this camp. Learn the basics of digital photography as you explore the natural world through the lens of a camera. (more…)


  • 04.03.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! The magnificence of eagles is endless. With a wing span of 7 feet, eagles are the kings and queens of the sky. What makes them so strong? Come and find out! Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks (more…)


  • 04.04.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! The magnificence of eagles is endless. With a wing span of 7 feet, eagles are the kings and queens of the sky. What makes them so strong? Come and find out! Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks (more…)


  • 04.10.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! See nature in a whole new way. Bring your curiosity and find out how different natural objects look at a microscopic level. We’ll collect specimens and examine different textures, patterns and colors using a handheld digital microscope. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in (more…)


  • 04.11.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! See nature in a whole new way. Bring your curiosity and find out how different natural objects look at a microscopic level. We’ll collect specimens and examine different textures, patterns and colors using a handheld digital microscope. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in (more…)


  • 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…)

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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