• The calm, inviting waters of the Spokane Arm. Photo Credit: NPS\LARO\John Salisbury

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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The Fur Trade

David Thompson

David Thompson: Fur trader, map-maker, explorer

Suspended Until Further Notice

Program Overview:
Your students will be delighted, as well as informed, when a NPS ranger comes to your classroom and delivers an interactive, prop-heavy, and relatable talk about a historic event of profound consequence for our region: the fur trade! We will explore topics such as David Thompson, local tribes, the barter system, Kettle Falls, and voyageurs. In easy to understand terms, discover how all of these things shaped the history of our area. This is an interactive program, students will be able to see up-close and handle actual animal pelts, a beaver felt-hat, trade goods, and some will even be able to wear the costume of a voyageur or fur trader!

EALR 1 1.1.1 Understands the key ideals of unity and diversity.

Grades: 1st - 8th
Group Size: 8-60 students
Program Length: 45 mins - 1 hour
Program Dates: Suspended until further notice.


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Did You Know?

School bus and arrowleaf balsamroot

The park offers a variety of engaging activites for school groups. These include A River Mile, where students adopt and study a mile of the river. Duty, Discipline, and Devotion allow classes to experience what it was like to be a student or soldier at Fort Spokane. Contact us for information.