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    Fort Vancouver

    National Historic Site OR,WA

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About Programs

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At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, we offer a variety of education programs to meet teacher and student needs.

For the 2013-2014 school year, fall/winter programs begin on October 1, 2013 and spring programs begin on March 6, 2014. Education programs are offered Tuesdays through Fridays. Guided programs do require reservations. Please click on the program links below to learn more!

2013-14 Fall/Winter Programs

This program will be offered Tuesday through Friday; October 1 through November 27, 2013, suspended during the month of December 2013 and resuming January 14 through February 14, 2014. Reservations will be accepted on or after September 9, 2013.

2014 Spring Programs

These programs will be offered Tuesdays through Fridays from March 4 through June 6, 2014, with programs alternating days of the weeks (click on a program below for more information). Reservations will be accepted on or after January 6, 2014.

2013-14 Year Round Programs

This Program is available year round Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Educators have the opportunity to guide their own groups. No Reservation is required, but calling ahead to 360-816-6230 is greatly appreciated.

This series of lessons invites you to turn your attention to the Fort Vancouver Village, which was the home for many hundreds of Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) employees, their families, and visiting traders and travelers during the period of 1829 to 1860. It was a highly diverse population, with residents from Europe, over 30 American Indian tribes — spanning the continent from the Iroquois nation to Native Hawaiian Islanders — and those of multiethnic origin, the Métis.

This series of lessons invites students to learn about this surprising story using objects left behind by the villagers themselves. As such, it encourages learners to engage in the kind of historical thinking expected by Washington's Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs.)

Our experiences suggest that this is a unit best taught to middle school students, but one which could easily be adapted for elementary or high school students. The lesson series would serve students before, after, or instead of a field trip to Fort Vancouver.

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...