Spring Break activities promote history, art

Interpretive Center

BAKER CITY — Spring break will be full of history and art thanks to several workshops offered in Baker City during the week of March 27-31.


Interpretive center

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is offering special activities for families during Spring Break, March 27-30. The 90-minute workshops start at 10 a.m. each day. The daily themes include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • March 29: Solar Eclipse — Ranger Cheri Garver will teach about eclipse legends of Native Americans, and help participants build a model of the sun and moon to show others what happens during an eclipse. This activity relates to the total solar eclipse that can be seen from Baker City in August.
  • March 30: Making a Fire the Old-Fashioned Way — Ranger Jeremy will help you make your own char cloth and safely practice starting a campfire with a flint and steel.

Workshops are suitable for ages 6 and older. There is a charge of $5 for each workshop. ll 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.

Also, films for youth will be shown daily in the theater at 10 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 March 31, there will be pioneer-themed, hands-on activities for all visitors at no additional charge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Interpretive Center is located five miles east of Baker City on Highway 86. Take Exit 302 from I-84. The Center is currently open from 9 a.m. to 4 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.


Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

Painting rocks and experimenting with watercolor is on the schedule for spring break at Crossroads, 2020 Auburn Ave.

Mike and Barbara Meyer will lead “Painted Rocks — Baker City Rocks!” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 27. The cost is a donation to the Crossroads scholarship fund. All ages are welcome, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The premise of this class is to paint a rock, then hide it around town or trade it for another. Participants are asked to bring a rock that is big enough to paint on, yet small enough to fit in a hand.

On March 29, Becky Litke will lead a watercolor animal workshop for ages 8 to 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 for Crossroads members, or $10 for nonmembers. To register for classes, call 541-523-5369 or stop by the center. Updates are also posted on the center’s Facebook page.

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