About Us

About the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a Department of the Interior agency. The BLM is assisted by the Trail Tenders, Inc., a local non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. You can view our brochure here (PDF).

The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center tells the story of the emigrant experience through exhibits, programs, films and special events. The Center focuses on six themes related to westward migration and settlement.

  1. Pioneer Life on the Oregon Trail
  2. Mountain Men and early Trail Travelers
  3. Native Americans along the Oregon Trail
  4. Natural History along the Trail and in Eastern Oregon
  5. Mining and Early Settlement
  6. History of the General Land Office - Grazing Service - Bureau of Land Management

Mission Statement

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center at Flagstaff Hill portrays and interprets the Oregon Trail experience and its related themes, while preserving and protecting its historic, cultural heritage, natural, and visual features. The Center serves as a focal point for the cultural heritage traveler, contributes a viable tourism industry for the area, and is committed to maintaining strong community partnerships.


About the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Trail Tenders Incorporated is a non-profit volunteer group composed primarily of Baker County residents. They are dedicated partners with the Bureau of Land Management in operating the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Trail Tenders provides on-the-ground volunteer support, manages the Center's gift shop, and raises funds which are donated to the Center for facility enhancement, exhibits, and educational and interpretive programs. They also help plan and conduct special events and public outreach activities. To find out more about Trail Tenders and how to volunteer, please visit their website at www.trailtenders.org.