BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The government shutdown was forcing many teachers to reshuffle their lesson plans. Dozens of field trips were being cancelled.

For weeks, students at Vose Elementary School in Beaverton planned to visit Bonneville Dam. In anticipation, the fourth graders learned about energy, Oregon history and the environment.

But when the government shut down, the US Army Corps of Engineers closed the visitor center at Bonneville Dam and all field trips were cancelled.

I was kind of sad but mostly I was angry at the government because they shut down, ruining all the things people were going to go do, said student Michaela Warren.

Roughly 500 students were scheduled to visit Fort Clatsop this week.

But the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is shut down. Crater Lake National Park is closed too.

Last week, more than 100 students from Portland's Metropolitan Learning Center had to reroute their trip to a nearby state park.

The students from Vose Elementary decided to launch a letter writing campaign to lawmakers. They said they wanted politicians to understand the impact of the government shutdown.

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