• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Plan A Field Trip

Ranger led program

Students answer questions during a Ranger led program.

NPS Photo

Programs are available Monday and Wednesday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

We are not able to present Ranger Instructed programs on Tuesday.

Reservations are required for both Ranger and Teacher Instructed Programs.

We currently have two programs available:

First Jail and Courtroom - 1st-4th Grades
An interactive trip through through the First Jail and Courtroom

Discovering Fort Smith - 5th-12th Grades
In small groups, students complete discovery sheets and the present that information to their classmates.

Check out the Curriculum Materials for detailed lesson and instructional plans

Pre-program Activity

Link to film Fort Smith Peacekeeper of Indian Territory on YouTube

Worksheet for Fort Smith Peacekeeper of Indian Territory

Please have students watch the film and complete the worksheet before your visit. So they have a needed background information.

Program Length and Size

In general, allow 1 hour and a half for the program. To maintain program quality, the group size is limited to 45 students program. The required chaperone ratio is one adult for every ten students.

We do not have staff for groups large than 45 or to have more than one group at a time.

Scheduling Your Visit

Please submit reservation form at least 3 weeks prior to requested tour date. This will allow us to make sure we have the appropriate staff for all programs.

Fax: (479)783-5307 Attn: Education Coordinator. If you have questions please call (479)783-3961.

Fee Waiver

Entry to the Visitor Center is $4 for those over 15. Educational groups may request a fee waiver. A fee waiver is included in the reservation form.

Did You Know?

Interior of jail cell with box for prisoners to visit with their lawyers

The conditions at the federal jail at Fort Smith were so horrible that it received the nickname "Hell on the Border." Up to 50 men were crowded into one large cell with limited ventilation and poor sanitary conditions.