The Bureau of Land Management’s National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is connecting visitors to public lands and America’s natural and cultural heritage with a variety of programs in February.

The center is currently open from 9AM to 4PM, four days a week, from Thursday through Sunday. Effective Thursday, Feb. 14, the center will resume welcoming visitors on a daily basis.

Feb. 18 will be a fee-free day in observance of Presidents Day.

The popular “Wagons, Ho!” exhibit will be featured Feb. 16 through June 2 in the center’s Flagstaff Gallery. In the exhibit, visitors can try on emigrant garb, test pioneer skills by loading a full-size wagon using lightweight replicas of historic supplies, and spin the Wagon Wheel of Fortune to gain trailside experiences for an Oregon Trail party.

Ranger-led tours are scheduled for Feb. 8 at 1PM and Feb. 23 at 11AM Interpretive programs will be offered at 11AM daily. They include The Parting, describing what it was like to leave friends and loved ones behind; Campfire Conversations about life on the Oregon Trail; and Windows in Time, depicting life in Oregon for the homesteaders.

Pioneer demonstrations are offered regularly, giving visitors the opportunity to try their hand at trail cooking, candle dipping, rag doll making, or whittling.

A complete schedule of events and programs, along with dates and times, is available online.

Hours of operation may be affected by severe weather. Winter visitors are encouraged to call
ahead before traveling.

The Bureau of Land Management National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located five miles east of Baker City, Ore., on Highway 86. Take Exit 302 from I-84. Admission for adults is $5 and $3.50 for seniors; children 15 and under are admitted for free. Federal passes are also accepted. Call 541-523-1843 for updates on programs and events or visit: oregontrail.blm.gov