Little Learners: Programs for Preschoolers

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Little Learners at Fort Vancouver allows preschool-aged children to experience the history and artifacts of Fort Vancouver in a program designed with them in mind.

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Caregivers and children ages 3 to 6 are invited to join us for a preschooler-friendly exploration of history and artifacts at Fort Vancouver! Each program features a short talk with the park's assistant curator or park ranger, storytime, craft, and the chance to see real archaeological artifacts from the national park's museum collection. See below for program dates and topics.
McLoughlin House

Little Learners at the McLoughlin House

In summer 2018, three Little Learners programs will be presented at the McLoughlin House in Oregon City, Oregon, a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

These programs are free of charge, and will take place at the McLoughlin House, 713 Center Street, Oregon City, Oregon, 97045. No advance reservations are required for this program. For more information, contact Park Guide Sarah Green at (503) 656-5151 or by email.

Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 10 am

Book: Windows by Julia Denos

What would you see if you could travel back in time to 1846 and peek inside the windows of Dr. John McLoughlin's house? Join a National Park Service ranger to learn about what life was like for Dr. McLoughlin and his family in Oregon City. Then make your own colorful window to take home.

Saturday, August 4, 2018, at 10 am

Book: Whose Moon is That? by Kim Krans

Like the moon, national parks belong to everyone! Learn about the resources national parks protect, and about each element of the national park arrowhead. Then design your own arrowhead showing things you think should be protected.

Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 10 am

Book: Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh

Imagine only being able to communicate with your family through letters! See letters from the national park's museum collection, and make your own postcard to send to a friend.
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Little Learners at Fort Vancouver

This program takes place inside the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, at the Barclay Quarters. Entrance fees to the reconstructed fort are $7 per person; youth ages 15 and under are free. If your group is interested in attending multiple programs, the $30 Fort Vancouver Annual Pass allows for a year of free admission to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for the passholder and up to three adults. America the Beautiful passes are also honored. Learn more about entrance fees and passes here.

No advance reservations are required for this program. For more information, contact Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Assistant Curator Meagan Huff at (360) 816-6255 or by email.

2018-2019 Dates

More information about each program's topic will be coming later this summer!
  • Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Thursday, December 27, 2018
  • Thursday, January 24, 2018
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019

Last updated: July 9, 2018

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