May 2016 Programs

ELKO, Nev. – Bring on the Spring! The California Trail Interpretive Center kicks off May baking biscuits and going for the gold. Learn everything from cooking S’mores on a fire started with flint and steel to throwing a tomahawk. All events begin at 2:00 p.m. and are free and available for all ages.

May 1: For the Kids: Gold Panning – Join Melanie Dolberg and learn how to pan for gold, just like the early gold miners in California. Carefully sift through sand and dirt, and with a little patience and much luck, you may strike it rich. This hands-on program will demonstrate traditional gold panning.

May 7: How to Bake a Pioneer Biscuit – Join Ranger Alex Rose in the pioneer camp for a program on Dutch oven cooking. Learn how to bake biscuits from scratch.

May 8: For the Kids: Flint, Steel and S’mores – with Join Park Ranger Alex Rose and Trail Center Volunteer Rick Highland as they demonstrate how to start a fire with flint and steel. The program concludes with s’mores around the campfire.

Rick Highland Crop

May 14: A Stitch in Time: Historic Quilts – Quilts provide warmth for the body and soul. They are practical works of art, stitched with love. Join Trail Center volunteers as they show and discuss a variety of historic quilts.

May 15: For the Kids: Pioneer Chores – Think your chores at home are hard? Join Ranger Lisa in the pioneer camp and learn how to wash clothes, gather fuel for your campfire and other pioneer chores.

May 21: What’s for Supper? – How did the pioneers know what foods to take on their journey? How did they store and prepare their food? Join Volunteer Helen Hankins as she explains the pioneer diet on their journey west.

May 22: For the Kids: How to Throw a Tomahawk – Join Ranger Alex Rose and learn how to throw tomahawks like the mountain men.

For more information about the California Trail Interpretive Center call (775) 738-1849. Visit the Trail Center online at or on Facebook. The California Trail Interpretive Center is located eight miles west of Elko on I-80, Hunter exit 292. The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.