Joint B Street Theatre Field Trip Program

A new way to experience Sutter’s Fort!

Friends of Sutter’s Fort is proud to partner with the B Street Theatre and California State Parks to offer a special joint field trip opportunity for school groups. Through this program, groups may attend a children’s performance at B Street, and schedule a same day field trip at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park!

Beginning in October, student groups may choose to enhance their Theatre experience at the Sofia Theatre by booking a specially created field trip at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park on the same day. This program will allow students to build on the themes of Treasure Island by learning about the important role sailors played in the establishment of Sutter’s Fort in the 1800s. 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.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is just one block from the Sofia Theatre, home to B Street. As neighbors, our organizations hope this this joint field trip option will give more students the opportunity to visit both locations in the same day.

After the field trip program, students are invited to explore Sutter’s Fort on their own with their chaperones where they can visit rooms and listen to the audio tour, participate in the Sutter’s Fort Scavenger Hunt and visit our Trade & Gift Store. We recommend schools and groups allow 90 to 120 minutes for this unique Field Trip experience.

The program runs regardless of weather conditions, and is primarily outdoors. During the program, Sutter’s Fort is open to the public and there will be other visitors, and potentially other schools on site.

Registration Process

Booking this field trip option is a 2 part process!

First, you must book tickets with B Street Theatre . B Street offers a 9:30am or 11:30am performance. You will need to book performance tickets first to make sure that your group can watch Treasure Island before or after your program at Sutter’s Fort.

Once you have reserved your theatre tickets with B Street, please reserve your program at Sutter’s Fort:

For Treasure Island:  Learn more about this program by contacting Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park directly at 916-445-3755, or you may submit this online Inquiry Form at the tour coordinator will get in touch with you directly. Please note that submitting the inquiry form does not reserve your program. Space is limited and subject to availability.

For Christmas Carol:  Learn more about this program by contacting Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park directly at 916-445-3755, or you may submit this online Inquiry Form. Please note that submitting the inquiry form does not reserve your program. Space is limited and subject to availability.

We encourage groups to pay program registration fees in advance. All unpaid fees are due upon arrival, and cash or check is preferred when paying at the kiosk. Checks should be made out to Friends of Sutter’s Fort.

These outdoor tours go on rain or shine. Please plan accordingly for the weather. In the early fall and late spring, we can have very warm weather with temperatures reaching into the 90’s. In the late fall, winter and early spring, we can have rain, fog, and cold temperatures.

Unguided Tours: Unguided tours and other programs are also available to students. Please contact Sutter’s Fort at 916-445-3755 for more information on all tour options available.

Program Fees

Program fees are collected by both B Street and Friends of Sutter’s Fort.

Please note that schools will need to contact B Street directly to purchase tickets to the performance portion of the field trip. B Street provides a discounted ticket price per student as part of the joint field trip option. Ticket prices for the performance are set by B Street and all questions related to the performance or ticket billing should be directed to B Street staff. B Street tickets shall be paid directly to B Street, and fees charged by B Street are in addition to the Sutter’s Fort tour program fee (payable to Friends of Sutter’s Fort).

The cost of this special group tour program at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is a $5.00 per student, with groups of up to 30. Please note that 4 Free adult admissions are included with each program at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, each additional adult will be $5 at the Kiosk.  One adult chaperone is required for every 12 students.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

This program at Sutter’s Fort runs on the following selected dates:

Available Dates for our Treasure Island themed program: October 17, 24 and 31 at 11:30am or 1:30 pm. To participate, each group must show proof of attendance at Treasure Island B Street on the same day.

Available Dates for our Christmas Carol themed program: November 30, December 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 11:30am or 1:30 pm. To participate, each group must show proof of attendance at Christmas Carol on the same day.

The program is available to public, private, and home school groups who attend a related same-day performance at B Street Theatre.

The program is limited to elementary school students.

It is important that during the program, and while exploring the Fort afterwards, that students and chaperones stay together at all times.

California Social-Science Standards

This field trip option covers many components of 3rd-5th grade Social Science curriculum. Below are just some of the standards ESP covers:

  • 3.3 Students draw from historical and community resources to organize the sequence of local historical events and describe how each period of settlement left its mark on the land.
  • 4.2 Students describe the social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods.
  • 5.8 Students trace the colonization, immigration, and settlement patterns of the American people from 1789 to the mid-1800s, with emphasis on the role of economic incentives, effects of the physical and political geography, and transportation systems.