Whitman Mission hosts activities


Wool spinning and fire making are two activities offered this weekend at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road.

On Saturday from 1-4 p.m. visitors can take a turn spinning wool into yarn or watch experts demonstrate this timeless skill at the Visitor Center. Park staff will be joined by members of the Blue Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild and members of Off-the-Walla Women.

On Sunday from 1-4 p.m., fire starting without matches or lighters will be demonstrated. Visitors can try their hand at making sparks by using a flint and steel. The demonstration is at the visitor center.

In addition, there are walks and activities throughout the week. Every morning at 11:15 a.m. there is a ranger led walk. Weekday afternoons there are activities 1:30-3 p.m. On Mondays are sing-alongs with musician Jeanne Newton, as she explores the music of different times. Tuesdays through Fridays visitors can play games, do crafts, or learn pioneer skills. A different activity will be presented each day.

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. Senior passes and other federal passes are honored. For more information, call 509-529-2761 or visit nps.gov/whmi.


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