students gather under a wooden ramada inside Sutter's Fort. a green cannon on the left-hand side and firepit in the foreground

A new hour long school tour Program 

Teachers and Students can experience guided tour programs at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Interactive stations enhance the learning experience. 

New school tour program

In October 2022 California State Parks launched a new School Tour Program for 3rd through 6th grade students.

The Sutter’s Fort Student Tour Program is a 45-minute staff-guided tour for school groups. During the tour, California State Parks Staff and volunteers lead students through a series of interactive stations where they learn about the major trades that supported Sutter’s Fort during the 1840s. The stations explore the lasting impacts that these trades had on California’s environment as well as on the Native Peoples of the Sacramento Valley whose labor was central to the history of the Fort. This tour also discusses significant events in California history and how they are connected to Sutter’s Fort.

You can learn more on the California State Park website, or email program coordinator


Please call ReserveCalifornia at (866) 240-4655 to book this tour. 

financial assistance

Friends of Sutter’s Fort is proud of our longstanding support for students at Sutter’s Fort SHP. Teachers who need financial assistance to overcome barriers that would overwise prevent them from taking students to Sutter’s Fort should apply for our Friends of Suter’s Fort Guided School Program Grant Assistance Award. These awards are offered on a rolling basis, and teachers should apply no later than 60 days prior to their participation in the new guided School Tour Program. Awards will be provided on a competitive basis, as funding allows. Awards may be used to pay for program fees and/or transportation costs. 

Friends of Sutter’s Fort strongly recommends that schools seeking financial assistance also incorporate a free school visit to the California State Indian Museum during their field trip, as the museum is adjacent to Sutter’s Fort SHP. 

Financial assistance programs offered by Friends of Sutter’s Fort in the 2022-23 school year is made possible by generous donors, such as the California State Parks Foundation.  Please donate to help our ongoing efforts and make sure every school who wants to visit, can visit Sutter’s Fort SHP. 

Learn more about our financial assistance programs.