Historical Resources for Teachers and Research­ers

Resources to help Prepare for School Trips to Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

As teachers and parents prepare to bring students to Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, they often contact us to ask for information. The following are just some of the resources that may help you and your students. In addition, we encourage you to contact Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park directly at 916-442-4966.

Books & Resources available from Friends of Sutter’s Fort

Friends of Sutter’s Fort operate the Trade Store within Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, with all proceeds going back into supporting our efforts of preserving the historic structures and artifacts, and funding Sutter’s Fort educational programming.

In addition, we have some items for sale online including:

Clothing/Costumes

Materials for ELP/ESP Stations

The Friends of Sutter’s Fort has the following materials available for purchase for your ELP/ESP stations:

  • Period Appropriate Nails for Carpentry Projects
  • Wax and Wick Kits
  • Leather Rounds
  • Twine

Please call the Sutter’s Fort Gift and Trade Store at 916-442-4966 to reserve your supplies and for current pricing.

ELP/ESP Resources

Program Station Handouts

California State Parks provides the Environmental Living Program (ELP) or Environmental Studies Program Station Handouts for download online here.

California State Library Sutter’s Fort Character Guide

This reference will provide students with documents to research characters for their ELP/ESP experience. Some documents are available online, others can be accessed at the California Room in the State Library located in downtown Sacramento.

Download the Sutter’s Fort Character Guide (.pdf)

Sacramento Public Library Pioneer Guide

This reference will provide students with documents to research characters for their ELP/ESP experience. Some documents are available online, others can be accessed at the Sacramento Library.

Browse the Sutter’s Fort Pioneers Guide at SacLibrary.org

California State Parks Online Collection

You can explore some of the unique artifacts from Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is just a click away!  California State Parks offers an online gallery, which highlights the reconstruction of Sutter’s Fort in the 1890s. The online gallery shows artifacts once belonging to John Sutter, James Marshall and the Donner Party. 

View the Exhibit at Parks.CA.gov