Gold Rush Days

Take a trip back in time...

Gold Rush Days is a living history program that immerses students into the realities of 19th century California. Your students will be transformed into 1850s prospectors. They will each receive a historical role, travel to California via an Overland Trail, stake a claim, and try to strike it rich! The goal of this living history experience is to teach your students what life would have been like in the 1850s for the various residents of California, including Native Americans, immigrants, and fortune-seekers from across the country. Some will be guaranteed to make a fortune, while most will lose it all and learn, as most prospectors did, that the streets of California were not really paved with gold.


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Gold Rush Days is offered as a day or an overnight program. See the details below to find what fits your needs!
Day Program

Our day program begins at 9:00 a.m. with the group check in. The students' orientation begins at 10:00 a.m. The final event will conclude at 7pm with an expected departure time of 7:30 p.m. Food service is provided for lunch and dinner. The program is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. Class Minimum: 30 

Student fee: $75.00
Teacher/Chaperone fee: $75.00

Sample Schedule
9:00: Arrival
10:00: Orientation
10:45: Overland Trail
11:30: Staking Claims
12:30: Mid-day Meal
1:30: Gold Mining
2:45: Archery
3:30: Free-time/Trading Post
5:30: Supper
6:00: Closing Ceremony
7:00: Departure

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Overnight Program

Our overnight program begins at 3:00 p.m. with the group check-in. The students' orientation begins at 4:00 p.m. The entire program ends at 1:30 p.m. on the following day. Your students will stay the night in one of our signature Boom Town Miner Shacks or in a Covered Wagon. Full food service is provided from dinner on the first day to lunch on the second day (a total of 3 meals).  Arrival days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Class minimum: 30

Student fee: $100.00
Teacher/Chaperone fee: $100.00

Sample Schedule
Day 1
3:00: Arrival
4:00: Orientation
5:00: Supper
6:15: Overland Trail
6:45: Free-time
7:15: Campfire
9:30: Lights Out

Day 2
7:00: Rise & Shine! (Wash Up/Pack Up)
8:30: Morning Meal
9:15: Staking Claims
9:45: Goldmine
10:30: Archery
11:00: Free-time/Trading Post
12:30: Mid-day Meal
1:00: Closing Ceremony
1:30: Departure

What to Bring

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