BAKER CITY — The Bureau of Land Management’s National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center will be connecting kids to public lands and America’s natural and cultural heritage with a variety of programs in November.

On Veterans Day, Monday, will be a free admission day for all visitors, with all regular daily interpretive programs, videos and exhibits offered.

The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving are a great time to learn more about the food pioneers ate on their journey, as well as how they prepared, preserved and rationed it. “Food on the Oregon Trail” will be presented at 2 p.m. Nov. 11, Nov. 15 and Nov. 25.

Consider burning off some Thanksgiving dinner calories with a brisk walk along all or part of the center’s 4.2 miles of paved trails, which are always accessible and include waystations and interpretive signage.

For those who prefer to avoid the holiday shopping rush, a Family Fun Day is planned Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will be able to enjoy pioneer games, tall tales from the Oregon Trail, a selfie station, and other fun surprises. For $3 per person, attendees can make their choice of three seasonal crafts to take home: paper snowflakes, pinecone bird feeders, recipe in a jar, rag doll tying or sagebrush disc ornaments.

For more information, call (541) 523-1843 or go to

The Interpretive Center is east of Baker City. Take Exit 302 from Interstate 84 onto Oregon Highway 86 and proceed about five miles.

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