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High Desert Museum Kids Curate Wild and Scenic Crooked River Exhibit

  • High Desert Museum 59800 U.S. 97 Bend, OR, 97702 United States (map)

Kids Curate, is an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The artwork displayed in the exhibit was  created by fifth-grade students from Crooked River Elementary School in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management and the High Desert Museum. The exhibit explores the natural and cultural history of the Crooked River Canyon through the eyes of the students.

 The students worked side-by-side with museum curators throughout the school year, merging science and art as they investigated how the Crooked River is connected to the watershed surrounding it. Through hands-on lessons, field trips and lectures, they developed an understanding of the area and in turn, learned how to communicate their findings, integrating written information with visual, artistic representation on each of four interpretive panels.

The panels, which are featured in the museum’s exhibition through June 3, will be permanently placed by the BLM along the Wild and Scenic portion of the Lower Crooked River in the fall.

If you aren't able to visit the beautiful exhibit while it's on display at the museum, come see the students' interpretive panels on the Wild and Scenic Crooked River south of Prineville this fall.