Begin learning about what to expect and how to prepare for your field trip to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site by downloading the park's Teacher Checklist and Chaperone Information Sheet here.
How many adults do we need for each student?
We ask that you bring chaperones to help park staff and volunteers manage your group. The following suggested chaperone ratio is for the safety of the students as well as the preservation of park resources.
Number of chaperones suggested by age group:
What if more adults, parents, or children from outside the school group will be joining us?
The park's fee waiver will only cover the number of adult chaperones within the park's recommendation (see above). If additional adults or parents will be with your group, they will not be covered by the fee waiver and must pay the entrance fee to the reconstructed fort. Entrance fees for adults are $7 per person; youth ages 15 and under are free. Learn more about park fees and passes here. If you have any questions about this policy and how it might apply to your group, please contact Park Ranger Scott Irvine at (360) 816-6243 or by email.
Are there restrooms within the park?
Is the national park accessible to people with disabilities?
Where can I find a map of the park?
Visit the park's Maps webpage.
Can we visit Pearson Air Museum, too?
Field trip groups may wish to visit Pearson Air Museum during their trip. Please notify the park as you make your reservation that you will be planning on visiting the museum. The park does not currently offer a ranger-led tour of the museum. Field trip groups will receive an introduction to the museum delivered by a national park ranger or volunteer. A scavenger hunt activity may also be available.
Can we visit the Visitor Center?
Field trip groups may also wish to visit the Visitor Center during their trip. At the Visitor Center, exhibits interpret local history and a 22-minute film, One Place Across Time, can be viewed upon request. Please notify the park as you make your reservation that you will be planning on visiting the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center also features a bookstore managed by the Friends of Fort Vancouver. Due to the size of the bookstore, no more than ten students are allowed in the bookstore at a time.
Where can we eat lunch?
Field trip groups may eat lunch on their busses or outdoors on available picnic tables, which are located throughout the park. In inclement weather, groups may eat in the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, upon request. The park's picnic shelter is undergoing rehabilitation and is not currently open.
How can my 4th grade students get Every Kid in a Park passes?
Every Kid in a Park is a program through which 4th graders can earn a public lands pass that will allow them and their family free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year. Learn more about this program here. If your group of 4th graders is planning on completing the Every Kid in a Park program and receiving passes during your field trip visit, each student must complete the online program and print their certificate. Teachers must then bundle the certificates and present them to park staff at the time of your field trip. Park staff will then distribute Every Kid in a Park passes. If you are interested in participating in the Every Kid in a Park program, please let us know in the comment section of your application form.