Press Release – STEM Workshop, April 2022

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Contact: Heidi Hagemeier, director of communications, 541-382-4754 ext. 166,

Families Invited to Apply for Multiweek STEM Workshop at High Desert Museum

BEND, OR — The High Desert Museum is now accepting applications for a free, family-centered outdoor learning workshop series. Adult caregivers with children ages 8 through 11 are invited to apply for “Burrowing into Wildlife Science: A Family Adventure Workshop Series.”

The multiweek series offers hands-on opportunities to uncover the mysteries of the amazing predators and prey across our local desert and forests – both at the Museum and in the field. Families accepted into the program will attend six daylong workshops – May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4 and June 11. The program is FREE, and families will receive $150 for participating in the workshop series, gas cards to help with transportation costs and lunch at each workshop.

“We are excited to offer this extensive wildlife experience to Central Oregon families,” says Museum Director of Programs Christina Cid, Ph.D. “It’s a unique opportunity for families to explore the natural world together, sparking curiosity and a sense of adventure.”

With wildlife professionals and Museum educators and using participants’ place-based knowledge, families will learn to identify animals in the wild, track their movements and explore how animals survive in a changing Central Oregon landscape. Then after the adventures, the group will work together to share stories.

Space is limited and families must apply to participate. The High Desert Museum is accepting applications at for English and at for Spanish. Applications are due Monday, April 25 at 5:00 pm. Notifications of acceptance into the program will take place by Friday, April 29 at 5:00 pm.

“Burrowing into Wildlife Series: A Family Adventure Workshop Series” is made possible by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The material is based upon work supported by the NSF under Grant 2115488.


THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM opened in Bend, Oregon in 1982. It brings together wildlife, cultures, art, history and the natural world to convey the wonder of North America’s High Desert. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was a 2021 recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.