2017-2018 Winter Education Programs: Talk of the Trade
Reservations Requests will open April 11, 2017
This program focuses on multiple ways we learn and experience history, while highlighting the many dynamic cultures of Fort Vancouver. Students will learn about the trade process and experience the Fur Store and Indian Trade Shop. They will also learn words in Chinook Jargon, a creole language spoken in the Fort Vancouver village. Chinook Jargon developed from indigenous and global languages to enable trade in the Pacific Northwest. Students will then be gathered for a conclusion and brought to the Blacksmith Shop, if time allows.
Tours are 1 hour long, with an additional 20 minutes needed if you intend to visit the Blacksmith Shop. The tour is designed to accommodate one class of no more than 35 students, not including chaperones or teachers.
Tours are available Tuesday - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to February 9, 2018 at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 11:30 am. Holidays are excluded.
Making a reservation
A reservation is required for all ranger-led education tours. Please follow the steps below to submit your reservation. A school can request up to 3 tours and must submit a new form for each request group (35 students per tour during Fall/Winter programs):
- Check the Field Trip Calendar for available dates and time.
- Fill out the Reservation Form. During the open period period for reservations, the online form will be linked here. Please read all directions on the form.
- You have the option on the reservation form to also plan visits to the Visitor Center, Bookstore, and/or Pearson Air Museum. If you want to visit Pearson Air Museum during your tour, please select that option.
- If you have questions about filling out the reservation form, please email us.
What happens next?
After you have submitted your digital request, a staff member will book your tour and send you a confirmation email. This email is very important, as it contains directions to fill out your fee waiver. It also contains two handouts for teachers and chaperones to aid in a safe and successful field trip.
A note on fee waivers
The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), Public Law 108-447, provides the National Park Service statutory authority to allow "outings conducted for non-commercial educational purposes by schools or bona fide academic institutions" to obtain a waiver of park entrance fees.
After you have submitted a reservation request, you will receive an email with instructions to fill out a fee waiver. This digital form will allow Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to waive the entry fee(s) of adult chaperones attending the tour, in addition to the class teacher(s). We waive fees based on the following chaperone-to-student ratio. Any additional adults will need to pay $5.00 admission at the front gate. Additional adults and family will not participate in the education tour. Tours are reserved for to students, required chaperones, and educator.
- Kindergarten to sixth grade - 1:5
- Seventh to eighth grade - 1:8
- Ninth to twelfth grade - 1:12
- Higher education - 1:20
All fee waiver applications are accepted via the digital form, submitted online. Paper fee waiver requests are not accepted.