The field trip program at the North West Company Fur Post emphasizes everyday life in the fur trade. Students will learn how the fur trade business worked, meet some principle characters and learn about the role they play.
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You will experience these elements during the two-hour program:
- A guided tour of the Snake River trading post where you will learn about the lives of British Fur Traders, Voyageurs, and Ojibwe Indians in 1804.
- Play a dynamic game that explores the Ojibwe or fur trade story in detail.
- Students will view a demonstration of historic fire making and then construct a voyageur’s cloth pouch to take home.
Groups visiting the site in winter have the additional options of snowshoeing, learning about maple sugaring, playing Ojibwe winter games, and listening to period stories.
- Open for school tours by reservation Monday through Friday.
- Group size: Up to 160 students (groups will be divided into groups of 20)
- Tour time: Two Hours. Allow additional time for lunch & visits of exhibits and gift shop.
- Cost: Students, teachers & chaperones - $5.
- Call 320-629-6356
- Online Field Trip Request Form
Legacy Field Trip Support Fund
Financial assistance is available to offset field trip transportation costs in the 2010–2011 school year. Learn more!
- Lunch on-site
The site has a picnic shelter with tables and during rainy or snowy weather, the Visitor Center’s Great Hall.
- Heritage Trails
Expand your exploration of the fur trade story on our 1.5 miles of nature trails with interpretive markers.
The exhibits at the Visitor Center explore the fur trade beyond the palisade, putting the fur post in a broader context.
- Museum Shop
The Museum Shop stocks a variety of educational and site related items. Sales in the gift shop directly support the program at the North West Company Fur Post.
- Historical Background
Prepare your students with readings on the history of the North West Company Fur Post and the fur trade industry.
Please uses the turn around loop and drop students off in front of the visitor center. Parking for busses is located on either side of the entry drive.