• 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?

Ranger Andy guiding a walk at Fort Spokane

Summer ranger programs at Lake Roosevelt are a great way to combine your recreation experience with an understanding of the park's history and environment. Contact the park for program dates and times.