Gold Bug Mine Tours:

Our school field trips that visit Gold Bug Park & Mine.

  • Father and daughter outside at picnic table on field trip girl in 1850's costume holds christian camp logo

    The Mother Lode

    $115.00

    49er Fun: The Mother Lode

    1 adventures, 3 meals, 1 nights
    Our classic 49er Fun living history field trip campout. We meet each other at Gold Bug Park in Placerville California where you'll meet our living history guides. They will transport you back to 1854, just after the height of the California gold rush. While we are there, we will explore some restored gold mines and learn about mining, play some games, and get a feel for what life was like in 1854. Next we'll stop of at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. (Want a more hands on experience instead of visiting Sutter's Mill? Try our Prospector) We will see the location where James Marshall first pulled gold out of the river back on January 24th, 1848, examine a replica of Sutter's Mill, and see mining equipment from the era. Our guides will also lead you on a walk in the surrounding hills for a short quiet time alone with God. Finally, it's on to our claim on the side of the South Fork of the American River (just a few miles downstream of Coloma California), where you'll set up your shelters for the night before joining us for a great dinner. After dinner, an old time band will join us for a time of dancing and singing, followed by a time of worship and learning as one of the guides shares a devotional story with you about their experiences in the gold rush and how they have grown as a Christian and drawn closer to God. The next morning, after a great breakfast, we'll get our hands dirty as we experience first had a little of what it was like to live in the California Gold Rush. We will pan for gold right out of the American River, make rope and bead necklaces. We will learn how the Maidu Indians lived off the land, play some games, and take a short quiet time devotional hike. We'll have a little more fun, games, and learning after lunch, then we’ll gather together for some last thoughts before waving goodbye. For more information please Contact Us or check out our Mother Lode Trip Synopsis.
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  • Boy crouched on river bank pans for gold on field trip Man and boy play instruments at campfire

    The Prospector

    $115.00

    An overnight learning experience for 4th grade students of Christian Schools

    1 adventures, 3 meals, 1 nights
    This is the  hands on 49er Fun living history campout. We meet each other at Gold Bug Park in Placerville California. You'll meet our Christian living history guides who will start to transport you back to 1854, just after the height of the California gold rush. At Gold Bug we will explore some restored gold mines as we learn about mining, play some games, and get a feel for 1854. Before we leave the mines we'll take a few minutes in the surrounding hills for a short quiet time alone with God. Then it's on to our claim on the side of the South Fork of the American River (just a few miles downstream of Coloma), where you'll set up your shelters for the night before jumping into some hands on learning experiences of what life was like back in the California Gold Rush. We'll make candles, play some old fashioned outdoor games, and make (and eat) tortillas and butter in the kitchen. Soon it's time for dinner, but don't worry, we've got lots of time tomorrow to play and experience these fun activities before we wave goodbye. After a great dinner an old time band will join us for a time of dancing and singing, followed by a time of worship and learning as one of your guides shares a devotional story with you about their experiences in the gold rush and how they have grown as a Christian and drawn closer to God. After a great breakfast we'll continue our first hand learning experiences as we go gold panning right out of the American River, make rope and bead necklaces, learn how the Maidu Indians of Coloma California lived off the land, play some games, and take a short quiet time devotional hike. We'll have a little more fun, games, and learning after lunch, then we’ll gather together for some last thoughts before waving goodbye. Check out our Prospector Trip Synopsis. This trip not only enriches the minds of students by giving them a hands on understanding of California's history, but it enriches their spiritual lives.
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Statement of Belief

We believe we should, "Love the Lord (our) God with all (our) heart, and with all (our) soul, and with all (our) mind," and "The entire law is summed up in one command: Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37, Galatians 5:14. We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal and only Son of God. That He died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice, paying the penalty for all our sins, and then rose from the grave. It is through faith alone in Jesus Christ that we have received the free gift of salvation and eternal life. We are saved by grace, not works, “that no one should boast”. We believe the Bible is accurate, reliable, and the Word of God. (Luke 5:20-24; John 1:1-18; John 3:15-21; John 14:1-15; Ephesians 2; 1 John)

Who we are

Rock-N-Water is a group of Christians who want to impact young people with the joy of God's Living Word, so they might come to know Jesus and pass on God's love with excitement. We focus our program on biblical principals, and we use the help of nature, friendship, and challenge to develop character.

Booking & Reservation Questions

We've tried to spell out who we are and why we think spending time in the outdoors is so valuable. But if you've still got questions, please don't hesitate to contact us, we'd love to help.
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