Friends of Sutter's Fort

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Friends of Sutter's Fort is the nonprofit cooperating association for Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. We collaborate with California State Parks to connect community members to the health, recreational and educational benefits of the park grounds, museum exhibits, educational programs and events at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park.  With the help of our donors, we are also able to continue our longstanding commitment to fund projects that preserve and restore artifacts and historic structures.

With your help, Friends of Sutter’s Fort will continue to:   

  • Connect students to Sutter's Fort by offering grants, scholarships and fee waivers to schools participating in on-site educational programs   
  • Fund preservation and restorations projects
  • Help community members access the health and wellness benefits of public parks by hosting and supporting events
  • Provide essential supplies, training and materials for volunteer program 

 What is Sutter’s Fort?

More than 100,000 people visit Sutter's Fort SHP annually from throughout the world to better understand the history that led to the famous Gold Rush, the Bear Flag Revolt and to California becoming part of the United State of America, and how these events impacted the lives of California Native Americans.   

In a typical year, more than 50,000 students visit Sutter’s Fort SHP to experience educational programs aligned with the curriculum framework for 4th grade education in California. Tens of thousands more participate in free, virtual field trips from classrooms located throughout the United States. 

Sutter’s Fort is currently in the process of undergoing fundamental changes in an effort to tell a more inclusive story in consultation with California Native Americans. Many of these changes are already underway, with work continuing to make future improvements to exhibits, educational materials and more. 

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park has been part of the California State Park System since 1947 and is both a California Historical Landmark and a National Historic Landmark.   

Sutter’s Fort consists of original historic structures, and reconstructed buildings set in a public, urban park. The Central Building of Sutter’s Fort is a two-story adobe structure built between 1841 and 1843, and it the oldest existing building in Sacramento.   The remaining structures were reconstructed in the 1890s, which makes Sutter’s Fort the oldest restored Fort in the United States.


Friends of Sutter's Fort collaborates with California State Parks to better connect community members to the health, recreational and educational benefits of the park grounds, museum exhibits, educational programs and events at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park. We also support the ongoing work of preserving and restoring artifacts and historic structures at Sutter's Fort SHP.


We believe that parks and museums play a vital role in communities, and we seek to increase community access to Sutter's Fort State Historic Park.

We work year-round to break down financial barriers that may otherwise prevent students from participating in field trips at Sutter's Fort SHP.

With the help of our donors, we provide grants to help schools bring students to Sutter's Fort SHP. We also work to raise awareness of the free and low-cost educational programs at Sutter’s Fort SHP.

Community Events & Park Access

The public park at Sutter’s Fort is an important community resource. Your donations will allow us to support efforts to make this space even more welcoming. As we plan the return of community events at Sutter’s Fort, your Big Day of Giving donations will be especially helpful.

Organization Data


Organization name

Friends of Sutter's Fort

other names

FOSF, Sacramento Historic Sites

Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program

Demographics Served

Youth & Children, General population

Local Counties Served



2701 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

Sacramento, CA, US

Placer, CA, US





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