You’ll marvel at our California Gold Rush History / Native American Program. We cover a unique blend of topics, from the physical and human geography of California to Native American cultures and the economic, social and political effects of the California Gold Rush.

Students participating in our Gold Rush History program will explore the following topics:

  • Geology
    • Rocks, minerals and specific focus on the ‘Au’ element – gold!
  • Hydrology
    • Water cycle, continental drift, erosion, gold panning
  • Native American History
    • Native plant walk, acorn grinding, story-telling
  • Human Geography
    • “Race to California” game illustrating the three routes taken during the ‘Rush’
    • Paint, draw and/or write about life during the Gold Rush

Students can see a representation of the town of Coloma in the Gold Rush days at Marshall Gold Discovery Park, the site of gold discovery in 1848, which is located less than three miles from our camp. At Mother Lode River Center, students have the opportunity to pan for their own gold and make Dutch oven cornbread in the style of the old miners.

The students had a great time in the outdoors while reviewing information they have studied and learning new things. The hands on experience of gold panning was one of the high points for the kids. It was a lot harder than they thought!

Rachael P.

Gold Rush History Program

These topics will be covered in detail by our staff, but keep in mind that rather than educating students on this material for testing purposes, our staff will be encouraging students to review and understand the materials in a way that makes sense to them by promoting understanding through hands-on interaction.

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Curriculum Standards

The Gold Rush History program satisfies several of the California requirements for both social and science curriculum.

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