The High Desert Museum: Where West Meets Wild (Video)

Here in Central Oregon, we’re all about getting out in the great outdoors. But at the High Desert Museum, you can experience everything that makes Oregon wild, all in one place.

Here, there’s history, up close encounters with wildlife, and learning is fun and seriously hands-on! Everyday the education staff shows kids, parents and grandparents alike things they’ve never seen before. When’s the last time you got to hangout with a porcupine while it had a snack? Would you dare touch a slithery snake?!

At the High Desert Museum, it’s all possible. And you won’t believe how much fun you’ll have watching the little ones explore and take it all in! Some of the exhibits like the “By Hand Through Memory” and the “Spirit of the West” are here year round.

But the museum also has a couple of exhibits that change throughout the year. In the outdoor “Birds of Prey” space you can walk right up to eagles — then stretch out your arms and see how your wingspan measures up!

And when you walk through the Schnitzer Entrance Hall, see if you can spot Snowshoe, the Canadian Lynx! Because Lynxes are known to be stealth-like and nocturnal in the wild, this could be one of your only chances to see one up close!

Just down from Snowshoe you’ll find Vivi the Bobcat! Just like Lynxes, bobcats are known to be elusive, so seeing them is a real treat.  Vivi is way bigger than a house cat, but she still loves to take cat naps!

At the High Desert Museum everyone is encouraged to get back to nature, but nobody will blame you if you can’t resist snapping a few pics. After all it’s is an experience worth sharing!

Mackenzie Ballard
Mackenzie Ballard
Mackenzie Ballard is COVA's Marketing Manager and in-house videographer. She came to COVA after more than 5 years in front of a camera working as a TV journalist. Her true passion is writing. Growing up in Sandpoint, Idaho – Mackenzie spent her summers boating on Lake Pend Oreille and winters snowboarding Schweitzer. After graduating from the University of Idaho, Mackenzie tested out city-life in Portland; but bumper-to-bumper traffic and the rain finally took their toll on her and she packed up and headed to the High Desert. Now, it’s hard to get her to leave Bend, even just for the weekend. There are just too many amazing hikes, bike rides and camping spots to take advantage of in Central Oregon to go elsewhere.