Last week, I took the kids to Fort Vancouver. It was our first visit to this historic site. Built in 1829, Fort Vancouver was once the most important settlement in the Pacific Northwest. It was the headquarters for the Columbia department of Britain’s Hudson’s Bay Company and primarily used for fur trade.
Throughout the year we have been working on our Native American History Pockets. This was something all 3 of my kids could work on as a group & I loved teaching them all together. We used construction paper & yarn to create the books. Super simple & inexpensive. We learned about 8 different tribes throughout the US & Canada.
To go along with our Native American studies we visited the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. This was our first time exploring this museum. I was surprised at the variety of exhibits. We were there for the Indian artifacts, but also learned about the natural history, transportation, & community of the Columbia Gorge.
This post contains affiliate links. Back in November we learned about Life in Plymouth Colony using Evan Moor’s History Pockets. This was a great way for the kids to learn a little more about the pilgrims. There was reading, vocabulary, crafts & activities with very little prep from me, which was nice.
The last place we visited before heading home on our road trip last month was Columbia State Historic Park. It was much more than just a historic park. It was a hands on walk through a town in the Gold Rush era. It’s located in Columbia, California just off Highway 49, near Sonora. I can’t say enough about it. We spent 5 hours there &