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Be a Part of Our Efforts With a Donation!

Your gift supports our efforts to preserve and protect Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, and to expand educational and interpretive programming for every generation of visitors.


Your gift can help us make a lasting impact

The Friends of Sutter's Fort believe in making history relevant. We collaborate with California State Parks every day to preserve and protect historic structures and artifacts at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park (SHP), and to engage visitors of all ages. We work hard to raise funds in support of Sutter's Fort, and to deliver the critical funding necessary to provide over 50,000 students each year with meaningful educational experiences that bring history to life.

Be a part of this process with a gift to Friends of Sutter's Fort today!

Preservation and Restoration

The work of preserving structures that are over 100 years old is an ongoing, daily task. Friends of Sutter's Fort is committed to helping fund these projects so that Sutter's Fort can be enjoyed for future generations to come. In the past four years alone, we have provided critical funding for several major presentations projects valued at over $800,000, including the painting of the exterior walls, the restoration of the blacksmith shop, and the painting of the interior walls.

Educational Programming

Friends of Sutter's Fort is proud to be the sponsor of these programs and provides critical funding for CA State Park staffing, materials, and supplies.

Sutter's Fort SHP is a premier destination for educational experiences in California, serving over 50,000 students annually. Public and private schools and homeschool groups, as well as youth groups and adult education are welcome to participate. Educators have a variety of educational programs to choose and many programs can be customized to better meet the needs of their classrooms.

Friends of Sutter's Fort is pleased to offer schools/classrooms small Field Trip Scholarships and Grants to help offset the costs of their visit to Sutter's Fort SHP.

We are proud to support the following educational programs:

    • This immersive 24-hour program serves over 50 schools and nearly 5,000 students each year. Students live as a pioneer arriving at Sutter's Fort in the 1840s and spend the night at the Fort.
    • An alternative to the overnight program, students spend 12 hours at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park. This program is limited to 25 groups each year.
    • A 90-minute interactive field trip option that provides hands-on learning stations for elementary school students. This popular program is available several days per week during the academic year.

Who are the Friends of Sutter's Fort?

The Friends of Sutter's Fort is a cooperating 501 (C)(3) nonprofit association dedicated to the preservation and protection of Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, and is the proud supporter of the educational and interpretive programs at Sutter's Fort.

With your help, we can:

  • Continue to repair and replace interpretive tools and supplies that allow us to share what the Fort was like in the 1840s.
  • Expand popular and family-friendly Hands on History events, as well as other educational programming.
  • Provide grants to schools participating in one of our educational programs.
  • Fund critical preservation projects such as the restoration of the blacksmith shop and repainting of the exterior and interior walls.

Our members and donors make it possible for us to support all this and more at Sutter's Fort SHP.