Exploring the New Guinea HighlandsExploring the Highlands of New Guinea is a collaborative educational program conceived by the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art at the de Young in partnership with the Conservatory of Flowers, the California Academy of Sciences and the Enga Tradition and Transition Centre. This program uses resources from each partner institution to create an innovative and interactive experience for schoolchildren, families and the general public.

On your next visit to Golden Gate Park, discover the striking differences and surprising similarities between the New Guinea Highlands and the San Francisco Bay Area. Notice the temperature drop when you enter the Highland Tropics Gallery at the Conservatory of Flowers to see their exquisite display of New Guinea orchids. Then, walk over to the de Young to view a selection of Highlands artworks from the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art.

You can reserve a discovery kit and order full-color field guides for a group tour. These include hands-on activities and curriculum developed with Bay Area Educators integrating art, science and literacy in support of California state standards. Alternately, you can explore the Highlands using the multimedia resources we offer on this website, including Podcasts, children’s stories, magazine articles, video clips, and images of daily life, landscapes and ceremonies. We hope that this program will develop a greater understanding of environmental stewardship and conservation in our visitors.