Brrr, it’s cold out there. The Fort Clatsop National Memorial is located within the forests and wetlands of the Coastal Range where it merges with the Columbia River Estuary. The Fort, historic canoe landing, and spring provide a fascinating backdrop for interpreters to demonstrate their stories. Costumed rangers provide visitors with information about the winter encampment and demonstrate typical Corps activities. Visitors may see candle making, tallow rendering, flint-n-steel fire starting, and quill pen writing, vintage entertainment, American Indian skills, crafts, and salt making activities. (92343 Fort Clatsop Rd. Astoria.1-503-861-2471 www.nps.gov/lewi/index.htm)
Get going with the flow. At the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center interpreters and museum docents provide programs to enhance the museum experience for all ages. Every Friday they have a program dedicated to Lewis and Clark’s journey down the Columbia. This program explores the discoveries made along the river and how some of their work is relevant today. FYI: An additional exhibition called “Archaeology from Space” provides visitors with a chance to see the Discovery Center and NASA Stennis Space Center are partnering to use NASA’s remote-sensing techniques to locate Lewis and Clark campsites. (Wasco County Historical Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. 1(541) 296-8600 or www.gorgediscovery.org)
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