Mother Lode River Center is located on the South Fork of the American River, in the historically and ecologically rich foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Our 19+ acre, riverside camp is an ideal setting for our outdoor education program’s dynamic approach. Students learn about the riparian environment first hand, acquiring a greater understanding of the essential roles watersheds play in our lives. For students of California history, Mother Lode River Center offers a unique opportunity: the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, located less than 3 miles away. Groups interested in team building will enjoy our challenge ropes course and life skills programs.
Our mission: to provide experiential education programs which incorporate hands-on, science-based learning, adventure, team and community building and a broad spectrum of cultural heritage activities. These programs promote deeper understanding, respect and a sense of responsibility for ourselves, our community, and our vital role in the ecological web.
Mother Lode River Center is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Large grassy areas allow for comfortable camping near the river, and four large river stone masonry campfire rings located next to the river make a great place to listen to the river, gaze at the stars, share stories about the day, or roast a marshmallow. Your meals will be prepared in our commercial kitchen and served on picnic tables with a view of the river. Our modern bathroom facilities feature showers with unlimited hot water and flush toilets. All the comforts of home!