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artist's drawing of interpretive center 

About the Center

The Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center opened in 2006 and features interactive and touchable displays highlighting the area’s natural and cultural history. Visitors will experience the region’s many stories, from Native Americans, explorers and steamboat captains to prehistoric fish, native plants and indigenous songbirds.  You can step inside a steamboat pilot-house reproduction, view and touch wildlife displays and enjoy the magnificent Missouri River from the steamboat-shaped patio or walk a short riverside trail!  The Center provides information on floating the wild and scenic portion of the Upper Missouri River and on exploring the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.  Come enjoy the local history! 
 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in partnership with the City of Fort Benton and the River and Plains Society, operates the Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center.  The BLM supports recreational opportunities and conservation efforts on more than 261 million acres, primarily in the western United States.  The mission of the BLM on these public lands is multiple use, which includes grazing, energy development, wildlife, forestry, and protection of heritage and cultural sites, among others.  For more information on the BLM and its programs, visit www.blm.gov

Outdoor Walking Trail--Visitors to the Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center can enjoy a peaceful stroll near the river.  Here you will find many native plant species, including cottonwood trees, wild roses, and several species of grasses, all which provide nesting areas, food, and shelter for an array of songbirds and small mammals. Along the trail, Undaunted Stewardship displays discuss the importance of resource conservation and the area’s environmental inter-relationships as well as provide information on the natural and cultural history of the region.  Listen to the tranquil sounds of nature--the wind whispering through the trees, yellow warblers singing, and woodpeckers drilling holes in the cottonwood trees.  Observe the area’s many native fauna--perhaps a mule deer drinking from the river’s edge or pelicans floating on the water.  This short trail offers an educational experience in a tranquil setting.