Hands on History: S.T.E.A.M at the Fort

Saturday, March 28th
10:00am to 5:00pm

Note Regarding COVID-19 and Upcoming Events:

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this event. A new date will be announced in the coming weeks.

As always, the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff is of the utmost importance and we are working with California State Parks to communicate any changes that may take place due to COVID-19.



This engaging Hands on History event encourages visitors of all ages to think, create, and innovate!

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is rich in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.). Join us for special S.T.E.A.M. related activates encouraging visitors of all ages to engage in thoughtful, collaborative, and creative exploration of what life was like in California during the 1840s.

Above and beyond what textbooks offer, this interactive learning experience provides visitors with a captivating series of activities led by knowledgeable docents and dedicated volunteers dressed in period attire. All visitors who successfully participate in at least one activity from each subject category will receive a special ‘S.T.E.A.M Degree’ to take home.

The S.T.E.A.M. activities will answer a variety of questions, such as “How do you design a boat to float?”, “What did Sutter do to realize his discovery was, in fact, gold?” or “How do you cook without gas or electricity?” Visitors will become experts at constructing paper boats, identifying genuine gold, how to cook using an open-flame fire (under proper supervision), visual storytelling, and more. Crowd-favorite cannon firings, period games, and live music also will be demonstrated throughout the day.

This event will be held rain or shine.

Admission cost is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for your, and children (5 & under) are free. Purchase your tickets at the gate!

Please note that Friends of Sutter’s Fort members receive discounted admission to this and other special events. Not a member? Join today!

For more information, please call the Sutter’s Fort SHP park kiosk at (916) 445-4422.