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Spring Break Activities at the Oregon Trail Center! (Photo) - 03/15/17

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is offering special activities for families during Spring Break -- March 27 to 30!

Ninety minute workshops start at 10:00 a.m. each day. The daily themes include:

Monday, March 27: Pioneer for a Day -- Dress up in pioneer clothing and work with other kids in an interactive overland simulation. Make decisions and explore the Trail as you tour the Center with Ranger Rachael. Try your hand at kneading hardtack and have a taste of dutch-oven grub.

Tuesday, March 28: Heirloom Gardening -- Ranger Rachael leads this workshop about foods that pioneers grew. Hear the legend of the three sisters ("corn, squash, beans") and make your own seed pellet to take home and plant.

Wednesday, March 29: Solar Eclipse -- Ranger Cheri teaches eclipse legends of the Native Americans, and helps you build a model of the sun and moon, so you can show others how solar eclipses happen.

Thursday, March 30: Making a Fire the Old-Fashioned Way -- Ranger Jeremy will help you make your own char cloth and practice safely starting a camp fire with a flint and steel.

Workshops are suitable for ages six and up. There is a charge of $5.00 for each workshop. All supplies included. Entrance fees apply; all visitors 15 and under are always free. Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call (541) 523-1852 or email ots1844@gmail.com.

Films for youth will also be shown daily in the theater at 10:00 a.m. and noon. Junior Explorer Activities and the interactive children's exhibit "Wagons Ho! Experience the Oregon Trail" are also open daily, with a puppet box activity for younger visitors. On Friday, there will be pioneer themed hands-on activities for all visitors at no additional charge from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located five miles east of Baker City, Oregon on Highway 86. Take Exit 302 from I-84. The Center is currently open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. 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.

Check out more great photos of the Oregon Trail Center here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blmoregon/albums/72157664870130230

Day One: Secretary Zinke Signs Orders to Expand Access to Public Lands - 03/02/17

Orders Strengthen America's Outdoor Heritage & Restore Opportunities for Sportsmen and Anglers

WASHINGTON -- Today, on his first day on duty, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (pronounced ZINK-ee) issued two secretarial orders which expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide. These orders deliver on promises made by both President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke to expand access to America's public lands. The action was hailed by representatives from sportsmen, conservation, and recreation organizations.

"Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy. Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the industry generates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity," said Zinke. "Over the past eight years however, hunting, and recreation enthusiasts have seen trails closed and dramatic decreases in access to public lands across the board. It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite. This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community's voice is heard."

The two secretarial orders include:

Secretarial Order 3346 advances conservation stewardship, improves game and habitat management, and increases outdoor recreation opportunities by directing bureaus and agencies to immediately identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded. The order also requests input from the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council and Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council to provide recommendations on enhancing and expanding access on public lands and improving habitat for fish and wildlife.


Secretarial Order 3347 overturns the recent ban lead ammunition and fish tackle used on Fish and Wildlife Service lands, waters, and facilities. The order highlights the need for additional review and consultation with local stakeholders.


Secretary Zinke was joined by representatives from the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Boone and Crockett Club, Wild Sheep Foundation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, National Rifle Association, Safari Club, National Wild Turkey Foundation, Archery Trade Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, American Recreation Council, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, and National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Photos of the signing ceremony for media use can be downloaded here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usinterior/sets/72157680956927195/

Follow Secretary Zinke on Twitter @SecretaryZinke.