• Image of the reconstructed stockade at Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum looking northeast from the Land Bridge.

    Fort Vancouver

    National Historic Site OR,WA

For Kids

Image of two young volunteers at a special event

Not only are our special events kid-friendly...several activities, such as this station at the annual Brigade Encampment special event, are led by kids!

NPS Photo

The park has many activities specifically designed for our younger visitors.

Two "hands-on" immersive Youth Volunteer-In-Parks Programs (Y-VIP) encourage students from ages 9 to 18 to experience life and learning in the 19th century. Click here to learn more about the Y-VIP Program.

Blast To The Past:

Overnight & Day Camps provide both an overnight and day-long hands-on experience inside the fort and neighboring Village. Click here to learn more.

In addition to a new Audio Tour specifically designed for families with children, the park features a new hands-on exhibit inside the reconstructed Counting House.

This exhibit introduces kids to the fields of history and archaeology through an exploration of the lives of three children who lived at Fort Vancouver.

The park also continues the highly popular Junior Ranger and Kids Dig programs each year. The Junior Ranger self-paced booklet can be obtained at any time at the Visitor Center, and information on the Kids Dig is available by clicking on the link to the right.

For those kids looking for a place to play, the park has a new playground near the Visitor Center!

 
Boys in the Young Engage Program learn how to erect a tent in the field.
Students in the Young Engage Program practice setting up a tent -- an activity that would be important to survival in the nineteenth century fur trade.
NPS Photo by Roman Len

Did You Know?

A park Guide presents a program at the Brigade Encampment special event

Did you know that Fort Vancouver National Historic Site hosts a number of special events each year that feature costumed interpretation and living history, including the Brigade Encampment, Soldiers' Bivouac, and Candlelight Tour? More...