Field Trips

Called Bdote by the Dakota, the land where the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers meet has been a gathering place for more than 10,000 years. In the early 1800s, the US military built Fort Snelling, beginning the process of American settlement on Dakota land.

A Fort Snelling staff person teaches a group of students about the Historic Fort and surrounding area.

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Historic Fort Snelling tour

A new hands-on, free choice format enables students to explore more places around the fort, listen to expanded stories, and learn more about the people that lived in and around Fort Snelling. Expanding students’ knowledge beyond the fort’s former focus of daily life in the 1820s students can now learn about the fort as a soldier’s post, as Dakota homeland, and a place of community from multiple perspectives.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Cost: $6 per student

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Request a field trip


  • $6 per student
  • $60 minimum group fee
  • Teachers FREE
  • One free adult per 10 students


  • Length: 1.5 - 3 hours
  • Free bus parking
  • Field trips are available April 9–June 8, 2018 and September 24–Oct. 31, 2018.


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