LAPWAI – Have you ever wanted to pitch a tipi? Are you excited to learn more about the park’s extensive museum collection? Come join Nez Perce National Historical Park this summer for free ranger-led activities. Nez Perce National Historical Park’s summer schedule is as follows:
- Guided Collection Tours: Thursdays 1 p.m. June 8 – Aug. 31.
- Indian Agency Cabin: self-guided viewing Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. June 6 – Sept. 3.
- Tipi Pitching: daily 8:30 a.m. June 8 – Sept. 4, weather dependent.
- Ranger Programs: daily 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. June 12 – Sept. 4.
The Indian Agency Cabin at the Spalding picnic area is the oldest building at Nez Perce National Historical Park and dates back to the Civil War era. Interpretive panels provide information about the Indian agents, the transformation of the building into the Sacajawea Museum, and its present condition.
Visitors can help rangers set up a tipi in front of the visitor center every day at 8:30 a.m. and take it down at 4 p.m. The tipi will not go up when rain or strong winds are predicted or temperatures exceed 105° F.
Ranger programs will cover a variety of topics over the course of the summer. You can learn more about covered topics at www.nps.gov/nepe or at the visitor center.
There is no limit on participants and no sign-up required to attend tipi pitching and ranger programs. Additionally, the museum, movie and junior ranger program are available for free year-round and offer a unique experience for families and visitors of all ages.
Nez Perce National Historical Park’s Spalding Visitor Center is located 12 miles east of Lewiston at 39063 U.S. Highway 95. Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, with the historic picnic area remaining open from dawn to dusk. Park admission is free. For more information, please contact Nez Perce National Historical Park at 208-843-7001, or visit www.nps.gov/nepe or www.facebook.com/NezPerceNationalHistoricalPark