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Contact: Meagan Huff, 360-816-6255On Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 10 am, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host a new “Bark Ranger” walking tour program. This ranger-led tour, designed for visitors and their dogs, will discuss the history of dogs at Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Barracks, as well as the overall history of the site. The tour will also highlight how to explore the park safely with pet dogs.
The tour will begin outside of Pearson Air Museum. The shorter first leg of the tour will cover a distance of about a half-mile on a paved trail with little incline, and will discuss the history of dogs during the site’s Hudson’s Bay Company period. The optional second leg of the tour will cover an additional distance of about three-quarters of a mile with a moderate incline, and will discuss the history of dogs during the U.S. Army period.
“Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a great place to walk your dog,” said Park Ranger Meagan Huff. “And there’s also a fascinating history of dogs here – from pet dogs in the Hudson’s Bay Company Village to mascot dogs of Army regiments at Vancouver Barracks. We hope this tour will provide a great opportunity for dogs and their owners to visit the park.”
What: “Bark Ranger” walking tour of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Where: The tour will meet outside of Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 10 am
Participants should bring: Participants are not required to bring their dog, but dogs are welcome on this tour. Dogs on the tour should be friendly other dogs and people, up-to-date on vaccines and licensed. Participants with dogs must bring waste bags, food and water as necessary, and a leash no longer than 6 feet.
In case of inclement weather, this tour may be rescheduled. Please check www.nps.gov/fova, or the park’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FortVancouver/) or Twitter pages (@FtVancouverNPS) for updates.