Thursday, July 8, 2010
Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road, will offer hands-on training on how to start a fire without matches or a lighter from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
In the past, starting a fire was a necessary survival skill. Visitors of all ages can try creating those necessary sparks using a flint and steel. Adventurous individuals can try their hand at using flint, steel striker, char-cloth and tinder to actually start a fire. The action takes place directly behind the Visitor Center.
A visitor to the park may view a 10-minute slide show, visit the museum and take a self-guided tour of the mission grounds. The grounds include the original building locations, Great Grave, Whitman Memorial and re-constructed Oregon Trail ruts. Ranger walks are presented daily at 11:15 a.m. A complete list of this summer's special events can be found at the park's website: www.nps.gov/whmi.
Whitman Mission is open seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The park grounds are open until dark.
The entrance fee is $3 for adults; children under 16 are free. An annual pass good for a whole family is available for $10. Senior passes and other federal passes are honored.
Visitor information may be obtained any time by calling 509-529-2761 or by visiting the park website at www.nps.gov/whmi.