Fur to Fossil: Earth & People of the Northwest
In partnership with OMSI, adventure from Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument on a five day camping trip!
Fur to Fossil is a free camp open to middle school students who are interested in science, history, and teamwork. After meeting for introductions and orientation at Fort Vancouver, campers board a bus driven by trained OMSI staff to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Campers spend 2 1/2 days at John Day Fossil Beds NM in Oregon, learning about science and the environment. Campers then travel with OMSI staff back to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, where they learn about history and cultural resources. Fur to Fossil camps are fun, educational, and full of adventure! No previous camping experience is required.
At John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
At John Day Fossil Beds NM Campers will spend 2 1/2 days at John Day Fossil Beds NM, where they will learn about paleontology and the environment. Participants will stay in cabins at the Hancock Field Station, explore the beautiful national park, and get to know their fellow campers.
At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Campers will spend 2 1/2 days learning about history and natural resources of the Pacific Northwest. Participants camp in tents at the park, eat meals prepared in the historic kitchen, and engage in fun activities throughout the camp session, including hands-on archaeology activities, games, and park tours.
In 2016, camp sessions are scheduled for the following weeks:
Informational Parent Nights (required):
With a goal to offer opportunities in national parks to economically disadvantaged and underrepresented youth, registration is open to organizations that connect with this important audience. Interested organizations can email park staff for more information and obtain registration packets.
To be considered, applications are due (along with a $20 cash deposit refunded upon campers' arrival) to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site personnel by June 8, 2016. The mailing address is:
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Attn: Fur to Fossil Summer Camp
612 E. Reserve St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
Parents or guardians of registered campers will be required to attend at least one informational Parent Night. Parent Nights are scheduled for May 23 & 24, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the reconstructed Fort Vancouver.
For more information, contact the park by email or phone at 360-816-6230.
Last updated: May 1, 2018