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Snowshoe Stomp

Date: Saturday, January 1, 2015, 1 p.m. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Start off the new year with the great outdoors! Learn the basics of snowshoeing with a short introduction at the North Barracks. Then put your new skills to use with a 45 minute hike around the Fort grounds. We'll provide the snowshoes for any who do not have their own, but be mindful of weather conditions. If there is less than 4 inches of snow or wind chills reaching below 0 degrees Fahrenheit the event will not take play due to lack of snow cover or dangerous conditions, respectively. For more information call 605-448-5474.

May School Tours


Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 1 p.m.

Grades 3-6

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park offers school groups and opportunity to explore the 1860s military post. The Fort provides a glimpse into our frontier heritage through interpretive tours of the 14 restored original military buildings. Each tour, conducted by costumed staff, illustrates the buildings and grounds in their late 19th century context. The tour is roughly two hours. Tour groups are best when kept under 25 students.

If your class is interested in arranging a guided tour contact Fort Sisseton at 605-448-5474 to reserve a tour date.

Fort Sisseton Historical Festival

Dates: Friday-Sunday, June 5-7, 2015

Join us at the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival! Enjoy favorites like cavalry demonstrations, the chuck wagon cook-off, black powder shooting, the rendezvous and more. For a complete schedule of activities and more information, contact the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474 or visit the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival webpage.

Lantern Tours

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 15, 2015, 9:30 p.m.

Tour the Fort by lantern light and hear tales of the people who once walked the grounds. Gather at the North Barracks front porch to pick up your lantern. Then follow the boardwalk as your guide tells some of the Fort's most famous stories. Tours last about an hour. For more information call the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.

Junior Naturalist Program: The Start of Something Sweet

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015, 3 p.m.

Come on out for this dual class where you'll learn fire starting techniques as well as how to make the perfect s'more! For more information call 605-448-5474.

Classic Fourth at the Fort

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Time: 1-4 p.m.

Celebrate our nation's independence by taking a step back in history. A Classic Fourth is a fun afternoon full of activities for the whole family! For more information call 605-448-5474.

Junior Naturalist Program: Dutch Oven Cooking

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 3 p.m.

Come learn about the various ways to use Dutch ovens to cook for your own family, and don't forget the tasting!

Junior Naturalist Program: Bats in the Belfry

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 3 p.m.

These flying mammals often get a bad rap, but they're actually pretty interesting creatures! Come on out and learn about our aerial friends.

Harvest Fest

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

With wagon rides, arts and crafts, and antique horse drawn farm equiptment in action, our Second Annual Harvest Fest is sure to be a blast for the whole family!

September School Tours

Monday, September 7, 2015, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 10 a.m.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 10 a.m.
Friday, September 11, 2015, 10 a.m.
Grades 3-6

Fort Sisseton has scheduled four school tour days for the fall of 2015. Five stations explain the history and culture of Fort Sisseton. There is no fee for your school to take part in the program.

The school programs will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.; however, schools can come for part of the day and participate in as few or as many of the activities as their schedules allow. Each session lasts 30 minutes. A 30-minute lunch break is included in the schedule. Lunch is on your own.

Groups are limited to 25 students per group, and teachers are asked to accompany the group. If you have more than 25 students, you are welcome to break the class into two groups. To reserve a spot for your class, contact the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.

Haunted Fort Tour

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 1 - 8 p.m.

In the afternoon there will be fun fall themed activities and crafts for the entire family, but beware after the sun goes down! After dusk, tours of our Haunted Fort will begin and while the soldiers won't be able to attend, they'll be there in spirit...

Afternoon activities

1 - 4 p.m. open to all, no reservation needed

Evening tours

5 - 8 p.m. reservations required. Call the Fort Sisseton office at 448-5474 for more information or to reserve your spot.

Frontier Christmas

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

'Tis the season! Come share in the festivities at the fort as we celebrate Christmas in classic 1860s fashion as only Fort Sisseton can. There will be close to a dozen make and take craft stations, handmade decorations, festive treats, and of course caroling! Be sure to bring the kids and make sure they're not naughty because Father Christmas will be making a stop to check up on all his favorite children!

For more information, please call the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.