A Trip to Fort Vancouver

On Thursday, the fourth graders crossed the Columbia River and were given the opportunity to explore Fort Vancouver. Ranger Mike gave us a tour of the store house, the Indian trade shop, and the blacksmith shop. We then had time to explore other parts of the fort including the jail, the watch tower, the bakery, and John McLoughlin’s house. We learned a ton of information about the Hudson’s Bay Company, the fur trade, and life in the Oregon Country. Unfortunately, the frigid weather and incoming snow cut our trip short but we still had a wonderful learning experience. Here’s a short video of our experience:

Fort Vancouver Field Trip from Kevin Baumbach on Vimeo.

Ft. Vancouver Field Trip

Today we took a short bus ride across the Columbia River to visit Ft. Vancouver. Among the many things we learned about were John McLoughlin, the Hudson’s Bay Company, fur trapping and the fur trade, and how blacksmiths did their jobs. There were many other pieces of information we learned from our trip and I encourage all parents to ask your child what they learned from their experience from one of the Northwest’s most important historic landmarks.

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