Spring Break Brings Popular Wildlife Program and Extended Hours at the High Desert Museum

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The High Desert Museum will kick off spring break with special programs and extended hours from Saturday, March 19 through Sunday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors pay winter rates with summer hours until Thursday, March 31. All of this is made possible by the Oregon College Savings Plan.

The popular Sky Hunters indoor flight demonstration returns inside the EL Wiegand Pavilion after a two-year hiatus. Visitors can observe powerful predators up close as raptors soar overhead and the museum’s wildlife specialists showcase the birds’ agility and grace. The program runs from Saturday March 19 to Saturday March 26 with daily demonstrations at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at Admissions. Museum members receive a 20% discount. Sky Hunters is possible with the support of Bigfoot Beverages.

“It’s a special spring break with Sky Hunters returning to our weekly schedule,” said Museum Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “Sky Hunters is just one of many awesome experiences that visitors can experience. They can also visit our original new exhibition imagine a world and interpretive talks throughout the day.

The festivities really start on Wednesday March 16 with Senior Day. Visitors aged 65 and over are invited to enjoy the day with free admission. Senior Day is made possible by Mid Oregon Credit Union and T-Mobile.

On Saturday March 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can stop in the The spirit of the west Silver City and see what school was like in the Go to School program in 1885. A living history interpreter will share lessons and artifacts that will give visitors a taste of what education was like back then .

In imagine a world, visitors can explore the ambitions, intentions and outcomes of utopian and intentional communities across the West, from the domes of Biosphere 2 to the Rajneeshpuram of central Oregon. Through an interactive element, imagine a world gives visitors the opportunity to express what world we want to live in in the future. Learn more at highdesertmuseum.org/imagine-a-world.

And spring break visitors can get a last glimpse of Message carriers: indigenous runners, ancestral homelands and awakening, ending Sunday, April 3. The exhibit highlights the historical significance of running in Indigenous cultures across the Western United States and the ways some Indigenous people today draw inspiration from running as a means of empowerment, sovereignty and self-determination. cultural revitalization. Learn more at highdesertmuseum.org/carrying-messages.

The Museum also presents another temporary exhibition, X-ray vision: fish upside down. From the Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History, the exhibit shares a wondrously complex natural world through black and white digital prints of different species of fish. The ethereal imagery demonstrates the natural unity of science and art. More information on the Museum’s temporary and permanent exhibitions is available at highdesertmuseum.org/exhibitions.


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

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