This unique Museum reveals the natural world and cultural history of the West’s High Desert through artful exhibits, alluring animals, engaging programs and meaningful history.
The High Desert Museum has been inspiring families since 1982 and is consistently rated as the top Central Oregon attraction by Trip Advisor. With 135 acres and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, it’s a “must see” for anyone travelling through the area.
Get a close-up view of native wildlife, such as river otters, bobcat, porcupine and badger. Talk with historic characters who share tales of early Oregon explorers and settlers. Visit an authentic homestead and sawmill from 1904. Experience a close encounter with owls, falcons, hawks and even a vulture. Learn about Native American culture and history, and delight your children with one of many fun, hands-on programs that bring history and science to life.
The High Desert Museum is located just five minutes south of Bend, Oregon on Hwy 97, and includes a Museum store and café. Open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and Fourth of July.
Museum phone: 541-382-4754
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S OFFICE Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D., Executive Director, ext. 326 Diana Fischetti, Executive Assistant and Communications Coordinator, ext. 225 COMMUNICATIONS Sandy Cummings, Director of Communications, ext. 166 Damian Fagan, Communications Manager, ext. 300 Steve Tosi, Graphic & Web Design, ext. 368 DEVELOPMENT Heather Vihstadt, Director of Development, ext. 248 Bethany Lange, Development Associate of Corporate Relations, ext. 365 Jill Rutherford, Event Assistant, ext. 284 Rachael Greenwalt, Membership Coordinator, ext. 244 Michelle Seiler-Godfrey, Ph. D., Grant Writer, ext. 376 Tyson Baird, Facility Rental and Events Manager, ext. 284 FINANCE/ADMINISTRATION Carmen Melamed, Director of Finance, ext. 384 Shannon Campbell, HR & Volunteer Coordinator, ext. 391 Cathy Lang, Cafe Manager, ext. 296 Julie Sturges, Store Manager, ext. 380 Nicole Swarts, Visitor Services Manager, ext. 273 Brian Hoover, Assistant Visitor Services Manager, ext. 271 Lindsay Frankfurt, Accounting and Payroll Manager, ext. 232 Ann Arbow, Receptionist/Accounts Payable, ext. 241 PROGRAMS Christina Cid, Director of Programs, ext. 233 LIVING HISTORY Linda Evans, Curator of Living History, ext. 242 Ethan Mark, Assistant Curator of Living History, ext. 363 WILDLIFE Jon Nelson, Curator of Wildlife, ext. 362 Jessica Stewart, Associate Curator of Wildlife: Manager of Herpetology and Ichthyology, ext. 288 Nickie Broesel, Associate Curator of Wildlife: Manager of the Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center, ext. 310 Alysia Wolf, Assistant Curator of Wildlife: Manager of Mammalogy, ext. 310 Laura McWhorter, Wildlife Associate, ext. 310 Lily Grbavach, Wildlife Associate, ext. 310 NATURAL HISTORY Louise Shirley, Donald M. Kerr Curator of Natural History, ext. 375 EDUCATION Carolyn Nesbitt, Curator of Education, ext. 255 Erica Pelley, Associate Curator of Education, ext. 320 Marissa Ticus, Associate Curator of Education, ext. 329 Elizabeth Sirhall, Education Assistant, ext. 329 Glynis Bawden, AmeriCorps Education Specialist, ext. 306 EXHIBITS & COLLECTIONS Laureta Huit, Manager of Exhibitions and Collections, ext. 392 Robert Flood, Exhibit Designer, ext. 382 Dustin Cockerham, Exhibits Preparator, ext. 385 Hovey Grosvenor, Exhibits Technician Laura Ferguson, Ph.D., Curator of Western History, ext. 361 FACILITIES / MAINTENANCE Patrick Johnson, Facility Manager, ext. 267 Curt Belshaw, Facility Staff, ext. 211 Daniel Wyllie, Facilities Technician, ext. 265 Thomas King, Facilities Technician, ext. 265
2017 Board of Trustees:
Board Chair: Josh Newton
Vice-Chair: Margi Heater
Treasurer: Lori Ray
Secretary: Tom Triplett
Goverance Chair: Betsy McCool
Board Members: Marilyn Beem
Ryan W. Bounds
Gail Hayes Davis
Peter J. Hall
Life Trustees: Mike P. Hollern
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