49er Fun: The Prospector

An experiential overnight learning experience for 4th grade California history students of private Christian Schools.

Our more hands on 49er Fun living history campout. We meet each other at Gold Bug Park in Placerville California where 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. While we are there we will explore some restored gold mines as we learn about mining, play some games, and get a feel for the lay of the land. Before we leave the mines we’ll take a few minutes in the surrounding hills for a short quiet time alone with God.

students inspecting the wax candles they made at campThen 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.

For more information please Contact Us or check out our Prospector Trip Synopsis.

Note: This trip does not visit Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. However, if your schedule permits (and you still have energy), you may consider stopping by it on your own as you head home.


  • Season: April-May
  • Default Schedule:

    Arrive 10:50 AM Mon/Tues/Thurs

    Depart 1:30 PM following day

  • Includes:

    Gold Bug Mine, Extended Hands on Learning, campfire program, 3 meals, and 1 night of camping.

  • What you need:

    Bring your own tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and sack lunch for the first day.