In the heart of Midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park captures the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains at the dawn of the California Gold Rush. John Sutter built the Fort and his agricultural empire, was critical in the rescue of the tragic Donner Party and served as a diplomat with the Mexican government until it all came crashing down in 1848. A fascinating place to visit for history field trips, kids and adults!

Sutter's Fort ELP and ESP Station Handouts

The documents below are for use by groups participating in the Environmental Living Program (ELP) or Environmental Studies Program (ESP) at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. On the day of their program, students participating in ELP or ESP will be split into small groups and will rotate between various stations run by parent volunteers. The following handouts are training guides for these stations. Parent volunteers who have been assigned to run a station should download and study the station handout for their assigned station. They should also print a copy and bring it with them to their assigned ELP or ESP Workshop.

The documents below are listed in alphabetical order and numbered 1-15. Numbers 3 and 8 are only applicable for those participating in ELP due to the fact that those stations are not offered for ESP. In addition to the main 15 handouts, there are also an additional 3 listed at the end and labeled A-C. These contain supplemental information that will help groups participating in ELP or ESP.

1. The Environmental Living Program allows students to simulate life at Sutter’s Fort in the 1840s. Wearing period-appropriate clothing not only enhances the experience but also encourages role playing.

1. THE BAKERY

2. BASKETRY

3. CANDLE-MAKING

4. CARPENTRY

5. DOLLS (CORN HUSK)

6. DOLLS (RAG)

7. GRIST MILL

8. KITCHEN

9. LAUNDRY

10. ROPE MAKING

11. SPINNING and WEAVING

12. TRADE STORE

13. TRAPPER

14. VAQUEROS

15. WAGON

A. SCHOOL STATION -- This station is not trained at the ELP and ESP Workshops but can still be run as a station on an ELP or ESP day.

B. FIRE STARTING – Fire starting is a very important part of an ELP day and all ELP groups (but not ESP groups) are required to have a parent assigned as a fire starter. Fire starting is trained at the Workshops and fire starters should go through this handout and attend the Workshop to learn about how to start and maintain fires at Sutter’s Fort.

C. PERIOD CLOTHING -- ELP and ESP allows students to simulate life at Sutter’s Fort in the 1840s. Therefore, wearing period-appropriate clothing is required and not only enhances the experience but also encourages role playing. Both students and participating parents should wear period clothing to their ELP or ESP.

2701 L Street
Sacramento CA, 95816
(916) 445-4422

 

 

Open 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Daily
Closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas and
New Year's Day
Adult Admission: $5
Youth Admission: $3 (Ages 6-17)
Children 5 and Under Free

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program days fees are
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