Fort Vancouver's education opportunities are curriculum-based, and provide a lifetime of memories for students. Programs offered extend over multiple grade levels, so a student's involvement with the national park 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.
Reservations are now open for Walk Back in Time and Aviation STEM programs. Reservations for our winter Talk of the Trade program will open on April 11, 2017. Scroll down to learn more.
If you need any help making reservations or planning our visit, please contact park staff.
2017-2018 Winter Education Programs: Talk of the Trade
Accepting reservations now!
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.
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.
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):
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.
2018 Spring Education Programs: Walk Back in Time
Reservation requests for Spring 2018 will open on October 1, 2017
In Spring 2018, tours will be available Tuesday - Friday, March 5 to June 8, 2018 at 9:30 am and 11 am. Holidays are excluded. If you have questions, please contact us.
This program teaches students about the lives of people who were instrumental to the fur trade and westward expansion. In the Chief Factor’s House, students will learn about the life of the gentlemen. Students learn about Dr. John McLoughlin and his aid for American settlers in the Pacific Northwest. In the Fur Warehouse, students learn about the lives of the French Canadian, Iroquois, Metis, and Hawaiian brigade men. In the Indian Trade Shop, students learn about the lives of the local villagers who came through the shop to trade furs and homemade goods to get supplies.
Tours are 50 minutes long, with an additional 20 minutes needed if you intend to visit the Blacksmith Shop. The tour is designed to accommodate up to three classes of no more than 105 students in total, not including chaperones or teachers.
Evergreen Aviation Space Museum (EASM) in collaboration with Pearson Air Museum offers K-12 Aviation STEM. The Outreach program offers Aerospace programs to schools, afterschool programs, and other organizations as part of the Fort Vancouver education program. Click link below to make a reservation.
You are always welcome to bring your class for a self-guided tour of the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, Pearson Air Museum, or Vancouver Barracks. Please email us to alert us of your trip two weeks in advance. This allows us to notify staff of your arrival, ensure your trip does not occur during any special events, and send you a fee waiver, if applicable.