National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Learn History While Enjoying Nature

This summer, visitors to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City can learn about native plants and pollinators of sagebrush country in a special exhibit running through December 12 of this year.

The exhibit is a special feature on top of the exhibits, films, children’s activities and historic re-enactments that immerse visitors in the culture of pioneers, gold seekers, fur traders and mountain men of the American West.

“The Native Landscape: Plants & Pollinators of Sagebrush Country” uses photos and text but includes some creative ways to better understand plants, including a smelling station, butterfly habitat, a display of preserved wildflowers and large-scale puzzles. Visitors can learn about traditional uses of native plants by Native Americans and frontier settlers. The exhibit also addresses the critical relationships that native plants and pollinators play in a balanced ecosystem and human survival.

The Trial Center is located five miles east of Baker City, Oregon, on Highway 86—about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the Tri-Cities. Plan approximately three hours for your visit to take advantage of all the summer programs and activities at the Center, and longer if taking in some of the attractions in Baker City.

For more information, check out the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

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