In the heart of Midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park captures the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains at the dawn of the California Gold Rush. John Sutter built the Fort and his agricultural empire, was critical in the rescue of the tragic Donner Party and served as a diplomat with the Mexican government until it all came crashing down in 1848. A fascinating place to visit for history field trips, kids and adults!

Environmental Studies Program (ESP)

Thank you for your interest in the Environmental Studies Program (ESP) at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. This is a very special program that allows students to spend 8 hours (8am-4pm) at Sutter’s Fort. While here, they will portray 1840’s characters and partake in period activities, such as carpentry, baking and rope-making.

This program is available to public, private and home school groups. Unlike the Environmental Living Program (ELP), it is also available to middle school and high school students, in addition to those in elementary school. The Environmental Studies Program is limited to a maximum of 80 student participants.

For more information, such as the application process, cost and available dates, please look at the ESP Program Summary. To apply, please fill out and send in the ESP Application. If you have any questions, please contact the ESP Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 323-7627. Thank you!

Download ESP Program Summary

Download ESP Application

2701 L Street
Sacramento CA, 95816
(916) 445-4422

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Open 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas and
New Year's Day
Adult Admission: $5
Youth Admission: $3 (Ages 6-17)
Children 5 and Under Free

On special interpretive
program days fees are
$7 for adults and $5 for youth

Prices subject to change,
please contact Sutter’s Fort
for most current pricing