School Field Trips:

Living history educational tours for private Christian schools and students studying California’s history. Explore Rock-N-Water’s school field trips.

  • 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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  • boy with pan full for dirt for gold panning by river nature hike at gold rush history field trip camp

    The Double Jack

    $175.00

    A Christian two night California living history field trip

    2 adventures, 5 meals, 2 nights
    Two nights gives us the time needed to experience even more of the hands on experiential learning activities that teachers have come to expect from our 49er Fun program, while adding in a little more time to rest, play, and grow in our Christian faith. We meet each other at Gold Bug Park & Mine in Placerville California where you'll meet our 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. Next we'll stop of at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. While we are there 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, see mining equipment from the era, and 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 setting in 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 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 get our hands dirty for a full day of experiencing what it was like to live in the California Gold Rush as we go gold panning right out of the American River, make rope and bead necklaces, learn how the Maidu Indians lived off the land, make candles, play some old fashioned outdoor games, make (and eat) tortillas and butter in the kitchen, make a leather gold pouch, and so many more things that this run on sentence could get ridiculously long. Somewhere in the middle of it all we'll take a short quiet time devotional hike, and give you a little free time to play and laugh with your students. For the second night of campfire, it's a more old fashioned campfire as you might have experienced traveling over on the wagon train, with everyone contributing a little here and there. Our staff has plenty of skits, songs, and stories to keep the campfire going, but you'll find it an even more meaningful of an experience if your kids or parents come ready to share a 1 to 5 minute skit, song, poem, story, or some other display of talent. We should have a little time during the second day for last minute preparations (and we'll have a few ideas ready to offer if you need them). The 3rd morning we'll pack up our shelters, have breakfast, and gather together for some last thoughts before waving goodbye. Check out our Double Jack Trip Synopsis.
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  • two smiling girls stand in gold mine underground smiling boy gold panning in hat in river

    The Greenhorn

    $60.00

    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.

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  • Father and daughter look into gold panning dish by river Rafters carry whitewater raft overhead in grassy field

    The Triple Jack

    $255.00

    A high adventure living history field trip with rafting

    3 adventures, 6 meals, 2 nights
    Ideal for older classes studying California history that would also like to go whitewater rafting.  We start with our beloved two night Double Jack, then we finish it off with a day of Class III whitewater rafting. Note: In some years that water flows on the river are not always ideal for rafting with students in the Spring, so we might switch to outdoor Rock Climbing and refund you the difference in price. Two nights gives us the time needed to experience even more of the hands on experiential learning activities that teachers have come to expect from our 49er Fun program, while adding in a little more time to rest, play, and grow in our Christian faith. We meet each other at Gold Bug Park & Mine in Placerville California where you'll meet our 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. Next we'll stop of at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. While we are there 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, see mining equipment from the era, and 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 setting in 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 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 get our hands dirty for a full day of experiencing what it was like to live in the California Gold Rush as we go gold panning right out of the American River, make rope and bead necklaces, learn how the Maidu Indians lived off the land, make candles, play some old fashioned outdoor games, make (and eat) tortillas and butter in the kitchen, make a leather gold pouch, and so many more things that this run on sentence could get ridiculously long. Somewhere in the middle of it all we'll take a short quiet time devotional hike, and give you a little free time to play and laugh with your students. For the second night of campfire, it's a more old fashioned campfire as you might have experienced traveling over on the wagon train, with everyone contributing a little here and there. Our staff has plenty of skits, songs, and stories to keep the campfire going, but you'll find it an even more meaningful of an experience if your kids or parents come ready to share a 1 to 5 minute skit, song, poem, story, or some other display of talent. We should have a little time during the second day for last minute preparations (and we'll have a few ideas ready to offer if you need them). The 3rd morning we'll wave goodbye to the Double Jackers we might have been playing with and prepare for modern adventure going whitewater river rafting. After rafting we'll pack up our shelters, have a light snack, and be on the road heading home.
    • You can add dinner, campfire, and camping to your trip. Departing the following morning at 8 AM with breakfast on the road for just $22/person.
    • T-shirts can be ordered for the whole group at $15/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.
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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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