Desert on Display The High Desert Museum

Bend, Oregon

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This world-class museum features a host of innovative exhibits interpreting the natural and human history of the High Desert, a region that includes portions of eight western states and one Canadian province. Start inside the museum with a walk through the Hall of Exploration and Settlement, a set of eight dioramas, complete with sound effects, that depict the human relationship with this desert region. Then head for the Desertarium, a series of live animal exhibits including both natural and artificially created environments. Here you will find lizards, snakes, cutthroat trout, burrowing owls, pallid bats, kangaroo rats, barn owls, and other denizens of the desert. Museum volunteers are available to answer questions, and they often have a snake, owl, or other critter with them, giving visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal.
Oregon Nature Weekends

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Oregon Nature Weekends

by Jim Yuskavitch (Falcon Guides)

This world-class museum features a host of innovative exhibits interpreting the natural and human history of the High Desert, a region that includes portions of eight western states and one Canadian province. Start inside the museum with a walk through the Hall of Exploration and Settlement, a set of eight dioramas, complete with sound effects, that depict the human relationship with this desert region.

Then head for the Desertarium, a series of live animal exhibits including both natural and artificially created environments. Here you will find lizards, snakes, cutthroat trout, burrowing owls, pallid bats, kangaroo rats, barn owls, and other denizens of the desert. Museum volunteers are available to answer questions, and they often have a snake, owl, or other critter with them, giving visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal.

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Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Bend
Duration: 2 hours plus driving time
Season: Best early March
Driving Directions: Directions to Desert on Display: The High Desert Museum

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7/29/2003
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If your anywhere near Bend, OR. this is the place to visit.The exhibits are informative and cover everything that pertains to the high desert from the ecology to the people who have lived in the area. There is a new exhibit being developed that is for wild mustangs. Another area shows the effects of fire on a forest from before a fire strikes to what grows after it is gone. They have a comfortable airconditioned building with galleries and exhibits as well as numerous outside dioramas and exhibits. To see everything plan on spending 2-3 hours. There is something for young and old alike.



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