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Give the Gift of Hands-On Learning

Break down the financial barriers preventing students from experiencing educational programs at Sutter's Fort.

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Friends of Sutter's Fort works every day to support the educational programming at Sutter's Fort, and we need your help to break down the financial barriers that prevent some students from participating in these programs.

We are thrilled that California State Parks will be bringing back Environmental Living and Environmental Studies Programs in the Spring of 2022.

With your help we will be able to provide grant assistance to schools to help offset costs associated with participating in these renowned educational programs.

Our grant program helps break down financial barriers by providing full or partial fee waivers to teachers, and gifts of program supplies (such as materials for candle making or carpentry).

This annual grant program is funded entirely through donations and 100% of gifts received through this donation page go directly into our ELP/ESP Scholarship Grant Fund.

The History of ELP and ESP at Sutter's Fort

Since 1976, students have been visiting Sutter's Fort State Historic Park to experience the Environmental Living Program (ELP). This program allows students to spend a full 24 hours (including overnight) at Sutter's Fort. Students partake in a number of activities, trades, and entertainments of 1800s. This program is available to public, private, and home school groups. Participating students, however, are required to be primarily elementary school students.

Who are the Friends of Sutter's Fort?


Friends of Sutter’s Fort is a nonprofit 501 (C) (3) cooperating organization. We collaborate with California State Parks at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park to preserve and protect historic structures and artifacts, and to engage visitors of all ages.