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School Field Trips

The primary objective of Gold Prospecting Adventures, LLC is to provide students -and teachers- the Great California Gold Rush experience in an authentic Living History environment. Bring your class or youth group to a creek where the original 49ers panned for gold over 150 years ago.


For over 30 years Gold Prospecting Adventures has shared the story of the California Gold Rush with Students.


Field Trip Options

1. Storyteller(min.$150)

A local spinner of folklore relates stories from the gold rush days, (some of them are even true), at your evening camp fire or during gold panning at Jimtown 1849 Gold Mining Camp.

2. Historic Tour: With Guide

An historic, guided walking tour of:

(1)Columbia State Park, known as "the Gem of the Southern Mines" a small community that has maintained its historical integrity i.e.: buildings, businesses overall appearance, since 1852.
(2) Knights Ferry was named after the infamous Dr. William Knight who first realized the value of a ferry over the Stanislaus River in 1844.Cross the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi; engineered by President Ulysses S. Grant.

3. FINGER PRINTS OF NATURE

Informative 25 minutes that will change the way you look at a river or creek forever. Learn to read the clues natures produces to directs us to the gold. From something as simple as a high watermark, to understanding the power and direction created by helical, laminar flows.

Testimonial

"Your Presentation was masterful and at the same time made us feel like we were part of the 49ers. The Field was a positive and unique learning experience for my fourth grade class. You made all of our book studies come alive and that is a powerful learning experience."

- Don Foster - Columbia Union School Distict ( Read More )

Teachers, Email us Today!

Email us today to recieve your free visit to jimtown 1849 mining camp and we will even ship your class some free gold straight from our gold mine.


One-Day Adventures

In-Class Presentation

This in-class visit includes a costumed prospector, glass vials, a lecture and pictorial presentation, miners equipment, a short question and answer session, real and fools gold samples plus panning for real gold. ( a student activity sheet offering suggestions and fun projects will be sent to you at the time you book this visit.

( Minumum Required)

2 hour Adventure

2 hours of gold panning including living history, prospector guides, gold pans, vials and boots for wading in the water and a choice of our many additional options that you may add to enhance your gold prospecting adventure.

1 hour Adventure

1 hour of gold panning including living history, prospector guides, gold pans, vials and boots for wading in the water and a choice of our many additional options.

Two-Day Adventures

Two-Day Overnight Adventure

2 hours of gold panning includes Living History, prospector guides, gold pans, vials and boots for wading in the creek, a visit from a Storyteller, a personal guide to assist with your agenda and provide a Historic tour of your choice (see field trip options #2). Overnight lodging, cabin and dormitory-style rooms with modern lavatories, hot showers, dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch to go. Swimming pool, volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts, nature hike, amphitheater with fire pit, and a wagonette ride.

(Minimum Required)

Two-Day Overnight Camp Out

2 hours of gold panning including living history, prospector guides, gold pans, vials and boots for wading in the creek, and a camp out Under the Stars like the 49ers did. You stay at a beautiful campground tucked away on the Tuolumne River at 4,300 feet. Bring your own sleeping bags, fishing gear, and meals. There is no electricity but we do provide modern lavatories and hot showers. Enjoy the great outdoors; create a nature hike, play in the meadow, or swim in the river. Take a moment to review the additional options that you may add to enhance your gold prospecting adventure. A guide will meet you at the river camp location, if you wish.

(Minimum Required 25)

Small Group Two-Day Overnight Adventure

2 hours of gold panning includes Living History, prospector guides, gold pans, vials and boots gold for wading in the creek, a visit from a storyteller, a personal guide to oversee your agenda and provide a Historic tour (see options 2). Overnight lodging, cabin and dormitory-style rooms with modern lavatories, hot showers, dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch to go. Swimming pool, volleyball, basket ball, and tennis courts, nature hike, amphitheater with fire pit, and a wagonette ride.

(Minimum Required)


" additional time allows for more gold acquired"