KIMBERLY - Like to hike? Have an interest in geology? How about sheep ranching history in the John Day Valley?

The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument has planned several ranger-led activities this summer on a variety of topics. The programs will be offered from Memorial Day, May 30 through the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5.

Here's the schedule:

• Ranger Talk: 10 a.m.-2p.m. daily. Meet in the plaza in front of the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center. The 20-minute talk will cover the geology and paleontology of the John Day Fossil Beds, and highlight some of the mysterious creatures that once roamed Eastern Oregon.

• Cant Ranch Walk: 1 p.m. daily. Meet on the front porch of the James Cant Ranch House. The 60-minute walking tour of the historic ranch will introduce visitors to the story of sheep ranching in the John Day River Valley from the early 20th century to the present day.

• Blue Basin Hike: 10:30 a.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Meet at the Blue Basin Trailhead parking lot, three miles north of the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center. The 90-minute hike will explore the Island in Time Trail in a journey back into ancient Oregon.

• Evening with a Ranger: 7 p.m., Saturdays. Meet at the Clyde Holliday State Park, east of Mt. Vernon, at the campfire circle. The 30-minute program offers a story of the Fossil Beds National Monument.

The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center and James Cant Ranch House are located on Highway 19, nine miles north of Dayville. Ranger-led programs are free and no reservations are required.

For more information, call 541-987-2333.

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