Maidu Discovery

An American Indian history field trip for 3rd Graders!

Take your students back to the 1830’s to work and play with Native Americans.

The Maidu Discovery will give your students and their parents a chance to experience historic California Indians’ way of life and connect with our Creator in nature. Come spend the day doing activities such as tracking, creating handcrafts, learning about trading, and playing traditional Native American games. It’s all from a Christian perspective, as we learn from the Maidu and Nisenan Indians how we can be constantly appreciative and give thanks to God for all that He provides.

Pretending is a fun and exciting element of this adventure, and one which enables the kids to feel that they have really experienced history first hand. We obviously only pretend to time travel back to the 1830’s, and we only pretend to be the Nisenan Indian tribe which lived in Coloma California. Although the staff of Rock-N-Water Christian Camps have very little Native American heritage, we have a great deal of respect for the Maidu Nation and many of their ways.

On this day we learn some of the skills the Nisenan tribe used and we intentionally admire some of their attitudes from a Christian perspective. For example, their instinctive desire to appreciate everything they interacted with in nature is a great example to us. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 admonishes us to give thanks in all circumstances, and we hope that your students will return to modern times with passionate appreciations for all that our God has allowed them. Even considering it all joy when they encounter various trials. Our hope and prayer is for that perspective to stay with them as they trust in Jesus all of their days.

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


  • Season:
    Sept & Oct: Monday-Friday
    April & May: Mondays
  • Default Schedule:
    9:00 AM – 3:00 AM
  • Includes Lunch