The Greenhorn


(19 customer reviews)

Explore the Gold Rush in a day

1 adventures, 1 meals, 0 nights

This is a one time option available to schools that have never been on a 49er Fun trip with us before. This day trip is filled with small samples from our overnight trips to give you a taste of what 49er Fun with Rock-N-Water Christian Camps is all about. We do caution that you, your parents, and especially your 4th graders will leave hungry for more exploring. So if you can get your parents and leadership on board, we strongly recommend you jump right into one of our overnight trips (The Mother Lode | The Prospector | The Double Jack).

We will meet each other at our claim in Coloma, California where you can meet our living history guides.  You are then transported back to 1854 just after the height of the California gold rush. We start by teaching you what life was like back in 1854 as we pan for gold, make rope and bead necklaces. We also learn how the Maidu Indians lived off the land, play some games, talk about Christian faith, and take a short quiet time devotional hike.

After a great lunch we move onto Gold Bug Park in Placerville, California where we’ll explore some restored gold mines. Students will learn about mining, play some more games, and explore the area. After we are fully exhausted from a full day of fun and adventure in history and God’s creation, we’ll gather together for some last thoughts before waving goodbye.

Check out our Greenhorn Trip Synopsis.

Contact us with questions or to check on availability.


For our 1st time groups!

Enjoy a tour at Goldbug mine, lunch and hands on stations.

Additional information

Field Trips

Gold Bug Mine, Gold Panning, Rope Making


1 Day


  • April & May
  • Groups of any size up to 120 people. Smaller groups will share their trip with other schools.
  • Optimally: 4th Graders & Parents


  • You can add dinner, campfire, and camping to your trip. Departing the following morning at 8 AM with breakfast on the road for just $35/person.
  • T-shirts can be ordered for the whole group at $20/person.
  • You can lead campfire and other teaching opportunities yourself, combine your teaching efforts with those of our staff, or just ask us to handle it all for you – at no additional charge.
  • There are no additional taxes, fees, or other hidden costs.

About Rock-N-Water

Rock-N-Water is a group of Christians who want to impact campers of all ages with the joy of God’s Living Word. Our desire is that you might come to know the joy of our loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to pass on God’s love to others with excitement. We focus our programs on biblical principles, and use the help of nature, friendship, and adventurous outdoor challenges to develop eternal transformational change.

Located an hour East of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California, our staff travel from across the United States to minister to your students. Cross trained as camp counselors, youth ministers, and high adventure guides, they positively transform the lives of youth and adults alike. Our staff savor the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in your students’ lives.

Every Rock-N-Water trip is built around the idea that spending time in the outdoors, through fun and challenging adventures, is a great way to help youth and adults to experience real personal growth in their Christian faith. Each camp includes full action packed days of adventurous outdoor exploration with our summer counselors. And each adventure includes time intentionally set aside in the middle of each day to give you ample opportunity to just stop, and think, and pray. At night we gather together around the campfire for a time of worship and a more indepth biblical devotional.


19 reviews for The Greenhorn

  1. Antonio Torres

    5 Stars

  2. Marcos Amezcua

    Great staff and experience for our kids. It is an honor to have a place like this in today’s society. Keep up the great work and God bless you all.

  3. Carol Gagnon

    5 Stars

  4. Sonia Torres

    Great! Really enjoyed the activities and the food was delicious.

  5. Jennifer

    The staff was fun, energetic, caring, completely wonderful!! The lunch provided was very good! They all made the day a fabulous experience for all the students and parents. Everyone had such a great time. And many want to go back for an overnight experience! Thank you so much for making it an amazing day.

  6. Veleda Mixon

    I thought the field trip was excellent. I really enjoyed the staff. I thought they were very knowledgeable. I especially, liked how GOD was front in center in during the entire trip. The time at the river and walking through the trees in silence just enjoying his majesty was awesome.

  7. Marllury Urbina

    Yes , it was such a nice experience… everything about it was great, the people, the place , the food . The games were so much fun and I would recommend it to everyone, is great for kids and adults.

  8. Victoria Lee

    $50 for this trip? I’m still in shock at the cost. Had I known what was involved, I wouldn’t opted out for my son and myself.

  9. Patti Cook

    Absolutely! We had a great time and our second daughter will be in fourth grade next year so we hope to organize this trip again.

  10. Shawna Vargas

    Awesome! It was fun to experience life as a miner in the Gold Country times. My kid had a blast. Really love the acting was probably my most favorite & the signing and dancing. Quite a blast!

  11. Kristina Albright

    It was a wonderful experience. The leaders were friendly and knowledgeable.

  12. Jacquie Rust

    It was amazing! The students were engaged & learning was fun! Ms Emma was phenomenal!!

  13. Chana Egan

    We had a great experience at Rock N Water. I think this was the best field trip! The staff stayed true to character throughout and kept the kids engaged.

  14. Stephanie Freena

    This was a fun field trip for my 9 yo son and his 4th grade class. Though I appreciate the “time kill” games and think a couple would have great value, I think they were excessive–meaning that more time could’ve been spent on a “gold rush days” activity. I appreciate your kind and helpful staff. The food was delicious as well.

  15. Rosanna Patton

    The kids had a wonderful time. The guides were great (Pepper was awesome). All the staff was nice. I would definitely recommend the 49er camp to other 4th grade classes. I would go again. However, a constructive criticism is that it would be helpful for the parents to receive a more detailed itinerary of what to expect as far as meal schedules, and clarification on where bathrooms and showers, etc. are located, that the campfire will last long enough that we will need a lamp on the way back to our tent, etc. If there was a orientation or talk about that when we first arrived, I missed that because we were setting up the tents. Also, as a vegetarian family, we were left a bit hungry at dinner time because the entry was chili (which I hear was tasty, but unfortunately we could not eat it), and chicken pot pie (but we did eat the salad that meal, so thank you for that). Otherwise, great program. Also really enjoyed the evening entertainment around the campfire. The gentleman who performed the juggling and directed the games and dancing was personable, fun to watch, and his juggling was impressive. The kids were mesmerized and having lots of fun. Good job Rock-N-Water!

  16. John Stalker

    Great time! Camp hosts made it fun and memorable by staying in character. Trouble, Pepper, Rose, Mama Grizzly and kids all great. 1st day at the mine was especially educational and fun-filled.
    The juggler/entertainer was just ok. Seemed like his act dragged on for too long before kids got to sing campfire/worship songs.

    All in all a great experience and well organized. I took a bunch of photos and have some of the camp hosts. Happy to send them if you contact me at


  17. Breanna Landschoot

    It was amazing! The leaders were so friendly and knowledgeable, the camp site was brautiful, the night entertainment was a blast. The leaders did a great job getting all the kids engaged in what was going on and always had a possitive attitude. We had a rattle snake near a path we needed to use and I was impressed at how well the situation was handled. (Very discretly we changed our path) the food eas very good as well! I wish our school had done the two nights, but i guess camping isn’t for everyone.

  18. Jason Satalino

    Everything was fantastic. Thank you.

  19. Amy Graves

    We had a great time and the staff was amazing, along with the food. The only thing I would suggest is to supply cold water bottles on the first day of hiking. Then to suggest that chaperones bring ice chests with water bottles for the kids as they were constantly needing water.

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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

We are a group of Christians who want to safely lead people into the wonder of God’s creation, challenging them through adventures designed to help them grow personally, relationally, and spiritually.   We focus our program on biblical principles, and we use the help of nature, friendship, and challenge to develop character.

Booking & Reservation Questions

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