Educa­tional Programs

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is a premier destination for educational experiences in California, serving over 50,000 students annually.

Educators have a variety of educational programs to choose from to meet the needs of their classrooms. Sutter’s Fort serves public and private schools and homeschool groups, as well as youth groups and adults education.

Field Trips

Environmental Living Program

This immersive 24-hour program serves over 50 schools and nearly 5,000 students each year. Students live as a pioneer arriving at Sutter’s Fort in the 1840s and spend the night at the Fort.

Environmental Studies Program

An alternative to the overnight program, students spend 12 hours at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. This program is limited to 25 groups each year.

Sutter’s Fort or Bust

A 90-minute interactive field trip option that provides hands-on learning stations for elementary school students. This popular program is available several days per week during the academic year.

B Street Theatre Joint Field Trip Program

Beginning in October 2018, student groups may choose to enhance their experience at the Sofia Theatre by booking a specially created field trip at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park on the same day. This winter, Sutter’s Fort will offer another field trip program that will build on themes from B Street’s performance of Christmas Carol, which runs November 30 to December 30. Groups who book a same-day field trip at Sutter’s Fort will receive discounted performance ticket prices from B Street.

Mobile Learning

Trapper’s Camp Mobile Learning Program

This program, which was established in the 1980s, brings Sutter’s Fort educational programming to students in Red Bluff and Colusa. Students visit a replica of a trapper’s camp from the 1800s and learn about history, science and technology of the time. This program serves over 2,000 students every October.

Scouts Programs

Playing the Past

Originally created for Girl Scouts obtaining the Playing the Past Girl Scout badge, this 2 hour program is open to all youth who seek to learn how people lived, worked and played in the 1800s.