ELKO, Nev. – Celebrate holiday arts and crafts and learn about the Donner Party at the California Trail Interpretive Center.

The Trail Center is presenting family friendly events and programs throughout December, free and open to everyone:

  • 6, 2:00 p.m.: For the Kids: Pack Your Wagon
    Attention all kids:  Imagine packing your things at home in a wagon. Would they fit? What would you bring? Join Ranger Lisa for this interactive, hands-on program and learn the top 10 things to pack in a wagon for your long journey.
  • 13, 2:00 p.m.: For the Kids:  Bear Tracks on My Bed
    What do bear tracks, turkey tracks and log cabins have in common? They are represented on quilts. Learn about pioneers by the patterns they left behind. Join Ranger Rose and create your own paper quilt block that represents life on the Trail. 
  • 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Pioneer Christmas for Kids
    Carve paper snowflakes, create Christmas cards, ornaments, clothespin dolls and more at the California Trail Interpretive Center. Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit F.I.S.H (Friends in Service Helping) and families of Elko County.
  • 26, 2:00 p.m.: Archaeology of the Donner Party:  Starvation in the Sierras
    Trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, the Donner Party resorted to desperate measures to survive. Come learn what the archaeological excavations at two Donner campsites reveal about the struggles of these emigrants, and of course, their diet. The speaker, Callie Greenhaw, studies bioarchaeology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a Trail Center volunteer.
  • 27, 2:00 p.m.: For the Kids:  Nevada Skins and Skulls
    Hey kids: Learn about Nevada animals with Ranger Rose. Touch and feel their skulls and skins, and learn about predators and prey. Afterward, play a fun game and become the predator – or prey.

For more information about the California Trail Interpretive Center call (775) 738-1849. Visit the Trail Center online at  www.californiatrailcenter.org 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 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.


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