For any field trip to the Tule Lake Unit it is recommended to schedule a ranger led education program to get the most out of your field trip. Both Camp Tulelake and Tule Lake Segregation Center are gated and require a ranger to provide access. Since most of the Tule Lake Segregation Center is now privately own it is recommend to talk to rangers ahead of time to make sure your group doesn't trespass on private property. Rangers are often available for provide education programs if scheduled far enough in advance. Requests for programs should be made at least 6 weeks in advance of the field trip.
Ranger education programs currently include tours through Camp Tulelake, (a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, that was later used as Prisoner of War camp for German and Italian POWs.
Teachers can also request tours of the jail at the Tule Lake Segregation Center, which also includes hands on activates that walk your students through the relocation and segregation process. A PowerPoint presentation about Japanese American history from the 1800's to current, can be requested as part of the on site tour or in advance of a field trip.
To schedule a field trip please e-mail or call the education coordinator at 530-667-8119.
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Did You Know?
When the Spanish colonized Mexico and Central America, they borrowed from the native inhabitants the Nahuatl word tollin for a bulrush. The English-speaking settlers of the West in turn borrowed the Spanish word tule to refer to certain varieties of bulrushes native to California.