Sutter’s Fort or Bust

Learn Who and Why They Came

Friends of Sutter’s Fort is proud to be the sponsor of the Sutter’s Fort or Bust Program (SFOB) at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, providing critical funding for program staffing, program materials and supplies.

Sutter’s Fort or Bust is an innovative and low-cost field trip option for elementary school students grade 4 through 6. SFOB is a fun hands-on experience that seeks to help students understand the impact of Sutter’s Fort on California. During this program, students will visit four interactive stations to learn about Sutter’s Fort from the perspective of a Sailor, Vaquero, Trapper and Overland Immigrant.

SFOB runs approximately 50 minutes, and after the tour, students are invited to explore the 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 at least 90 minutes for this Field Trip.

Program Fees

The cost of SFOB is a $60.00 fee per class of up to 40 people.  Please note that one chaperone is required for every 12 students.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Sutter’s Fort or Bust runs on Wednesday and Friday every 20 minutes from 10:20am to 2:40 pm.

The program is available to public, private, and home school groups.

The program is limited to elementary school students.

Registration Process

You can reserve a spot in Sutter’s Fort or Bust through Reserve California by calling 1-800-444-PARK
For program questions, call the Fort at 916-445-3755. Fees are due upon arrival, and cash or check is preferred. Checks should be made out to Friends of Sutter’s Fort.

California Social-Science Standards

The Environmental Studies Program 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.