Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is excited to offer educational opportunities that are woven into local school curriculum standards and provide a lifetime of memories for students! Programs extend over multiple grade levels (with a focus on 4th grade), so a student's involvement with the national park and its staff can be sustained and evolve over time. These programs offer the chance to experience the site through different lenses, fostering a sense of investigation, exploration, and stewardship. Nearly 20,000 students visit annually and experience the fur trade, early military life, industry, the Golden Age of aviation, and natural history in the context of the area's role in national development. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site serves as the only national park in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area and is integrated into the local and regional education system.
For an exciting and dynamic field trip program, classes team up with a ranger or volunteer on a walking tour of three different buildings within the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. This program focuses on the multiple ways we learn and experience history, while highlighting the many dynamic cultures of Fort Vancouver. Students will learn about the trade process and will also learn words and signs in Chinook Jargon. Chinook Jargon developed from indigenous and European languages to enable trade from the Pacific Northwest through to the western Plains.
We offer this program to 35 students at a time, Tuesday through Thursday, at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 11:30 am. The field trip program begins with an introduction at the fort entrance gate and cycles through the Chief Factor's House, Fur Store, and Indian Trade Shop. The program last 50 minutes, with free time at the end fr students to explore the rest of the fort and the park.
Reservations for the 2018-2019 school year are open now. Please contact Ranger Scott Irvine at (360) 816-6243 or by email if you have any questions about any future scheduling.
Submit Your Reservation Request
Begin the process of booking your field trip by filling out our reservation request form here.