Lifeways of the Fur Trade

Day-Long Outdoor Survival Skills Class: “Lifeways of the Fur Trade” at Fort Vancouver

Survive and Thrive: Lifeways of the Fur Trade, a new free summer program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, will combine hands-on history lessons with outdoor skill-building to immerse visitors in the 1840s experience from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. The program will be led by two National Park Service rangers with extensive knowledge of current military survival skills as well as the skills common to the 19th century fur trade, where mastering outdoor survival skills were literally a matter of life and death. These skills are useful for anybody who spends time outdoors in hiking, camping, hunting, or fishing.

Lifeways of the Fur Trade combines historical lessons with skill-building, practical learning sessions to immerse visitors in historical fur trade ways of life. The program begins with historical lessons, including guided tours of the site and its archaeological collections. Visitors also participate in practical learning sessions such as tool identification and usage, fur identification, ecological effects of the fur trade, outdoor shelters, and food preparation in the field. Lunch and dinner is provided to participants. Meals are prepared using historical techniques from the fur trade.

This program is free of charge. The majority of the program curriculum is taught outdoors. This program is intended for participants ages 16 and older, and participants should be dressed for the weather, be in good enough physical condition to be on their feet most of the day, and be able to walk over uneven terrain. The program size is limited to 20 participants. Advance registration is required. Register to participate in this program by calling 360-816-6244.

Learn Outdoor Survival Skills at Fort Vancouver

Survive and Thrive: Lifeways of the Fur Trade, a new free summer program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, will combine hands-on history lessons with outdoor skill-building to immerse visitors in the 1840s experience from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. The program will be led by two National Park Service rangers with extensive knowledge of current military survival skills as well as the skills common to the 19th century fur trade, where mastering outdoor survival skills were literally a matter of life and death. These skills are useful for anybody who spends time outdoors in hiking, camping, hunting, or fishing.

Lifeways of the Fur Trade combines historical lessons with skill-building, practical learning sessions to immerse visitors in historical fur trade ways of life. The program begins with historical lessons, including guided tours of the site and its archaeological collections. Visitors also participate in practical learning sessions such as tool identification and usage, fur identification, ecological effects of the fur trade, outdoor shelters, and food preparation in the field. Lunch and dinner is provided to participants. Meals are prepared using historical techniques from the fur trade.

This program is free of charge. The majority of the program curriculum is taught outdoors. This program is intended for participants ages 16 and older, and participants should be dressed for the weather, be in good enough physical condition to be on their feet most of the day, and be able to walk over uneven terrain. The program size is limited to 20 participants. Advance registration is required. Register to participate in this program by calling 360-816-6244.

Above image: No, he’s not smoking that (although it’s now legal in many states). He’s using it to start a fire.