Historic Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling

This National Historic Landmark resides on Dakota homeland, known as Bdote, with history spanning 10,000 years. Learn stories of the military fort and its surrounding area, home to a wide history that includes Native peoples, trade, soldiers, enslaved people, and immigrants.

Academic Standards: 

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Field Trip Options

"Fort Kids" STEM Program

Tuesdays–Fridays • 10 am–4 pm
June 12–Aug. 31, 2018 (except July 4 & Aug. 18–19)

The Fort Kids STEM-focused program engages children’s curiosity about science, technology, engineering, and math through exploration of the historic fort. Through hands-on activities, exploration of places and concepts, and use of their imaginations, kids will discover that there is more to history than meets the eye.

We provide group leaders with the educational packet to lead their group around the historic fort, as well as questions that will encourage critical thinking skills. After participating in the STEM-focused program, groups are invited to stay and experience regular daily activities at the fort.

  • Free parking
  • Picnic area available
  • Each child receives an award

Reservations are required. There is a fee for cancellations less than two weeks before the scheduled field trip.

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


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 who lived in and around Fort Snelling. By broadening 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