Virtual Field Trips

Bring Sutter’s Fort to your classroom!

Online, virtual field trips are available through the California State Parks PORTS program. PORTS uses the power of videoconferencing to support K-12 educators in designing deep and meaningful learning experiences in virtual and in-person classrooms.

Virtual field trips are currently offered at no charge to teachers or students.

As the nonprofit partner of Sutter’s Fort, Friends of Sutter’s Fort is proud to help support the efforts of park staff providing these important virtual programs.

2021-22 School Year

Acorns: A California Staple

What foods can’t we live without? In this 45 minutes program from the California State Indian Museum, interpreter David will discuss why beautiful, nutritious acorns are so important to Native Californians, and how they managed the land to have sustainable food and resources. This program is geared towards 3rd and 4th grades but all participants are welcome.

Program Day: Friday

Program Times: 9am, 11am, 1pm

Teachers, register here…

Harvest and Hides: Agriculture at Sutter’s Fort

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 to 5, but can be adapted to other grades with prior notice.

Program Day: Wednesday

Program Times: 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm

Teachers, register here…

Sutter’s Fort Through Time

The diversity of California, today, is rooted in the events associated with Sutter’s Fort is the 1840s. Join our the Fort’s interpreter, Jared, and see that, by looking at these events, we can understand 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 to grades 3 to 5, but can be adapted to other grades with prior notice.

Program Day: Monday and Thursday

Program Times: 9am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm

Teachers, register here…

Learn more about all of the opportunities available for students and teachers through PORTS: