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Living History Programs at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
Published: 12/12/2017  Updated: 12/13/2017

Between Christmas and New Year, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will offer special programs about the Corps of Discovery's winter at Fort Clatsop.

For those looking for things to do after Christmas, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park at Fort Clatsop will feature daily living history programs, starting December 26 through January 1, 2018. Step back in time and get a glimpse of how the Corps of Discovery endured winter at Fort Clatsop. All ages will enjoy hands-on programs about various aspects of the explorers' winter at Fort Clatsop.

The morning program is from 10am-12:30pm and an afternoon program is scheduled from 2-3pm. A highlight for many visitors is the flintlock muzzle-loading program, where costumed park rangers will fire off their arms at 1:30 and 3:30pm. Ranger-guided walks on the Netul River Trail will be offered most days at 1:45pm.

There are also movies at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center. "A Clatsop Winter Story," is a 22-minute movie about the 1805-06 winter from a Clatsop Indian perspective. "Lewis and Clark: Confluence of Time and Courage," is a 34-minute movie about the entire voyage, will be offered each hour.

The park is closed on Christmas Day, December 25. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is located southwest of Astoria, Oregon, three miles southeast of US Highway 101. The park, including the Fort to Sea Trail, Fort Clatsop Visitor Center, Netul River Trail, and the parking lots, is open from 9am-5pm. Lewis and Clark NHP also includes the Salt Works site near the Promenade in Seaside, Oregon and the Middle Village/Station Camp site just east of Fort Columbia in Washington. Come and visit these sites during the time of year the expedition stayed on the coast. Admission to the Fort Clatsop unit of the park is $5 per adult and includes Netul Landing and the Fort to Sea Trail. Dogs that are leashed to their humans are welcome on the walks and at the outdoor programs. There is no admission fee for the Salt Works or Middle Village/Station Camp. Passes to National Park Service sites are accepted for free admission. For further information, call the park at (503) 861-4414 or visit the park's web site at or find the park on Facebook at LewisandClarkNationalHistoricalPark.

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