Distance Learning Programs

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park launched new distance learning programs and virtual field trips. These programs have served over 7,000 students from throughout California.

Friends of Sutter’s Fort is proud to help support the following programs, which are managed by California State Parks:

Harvest And Hides Agriculture At Sutter’s Fort: Distance Learning Program Via PORTS

Course Description: Join us virtually as we dive into how Sutter’s Forts agricultural businesses in Mexican California, and the conflict and opportunities that came with them, contributed to the California we know today. We will discuss the hide and tallow trade, the process of turning wheat into flour, and how sailors contributed to the work done at the Fort. This program is geared to grades 3-5.

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Sutter’s Fort Through Time: Free Distance Learning Program Via PORTS

Course Description: The diversity of California, today, is rooted in the events Sutter’s Fort is connected to in the 1840s. Join our interpreter, Jared, and see that, by looking at the significant events associated with the Fort, we can see how and why John Sutter and other European Americans came to California, why the Fort was built, what jobs made the Fort operational, why the Fort was abandoned in 1850, and the impact the Fort had on the Indigenous population of the Sacramento Valley. Let’s learn about how the diversity and complexity of Sutter’s Fort has left a lasting impact on how and why we study the past. This program is geared towards 4th and 5th grades but all participants are welcome.

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Looking for other virtual field trips or distance learning programs? Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) offers a variety of FREE distance learning programs for students of all ages in state parks throughout California. They offer live sessions and video on-demand for parks such as Sutter’s Fort, California State Railroad Museum, Hearst Castle, Pismo State Beach and many more.