California History 4th Grade Field Trips

4th grade California history field trips at American River Resort

Fun sleep-over field trips for 4th graders!

Just 1/4-mile from the Marshall Gold Discovery Site.

Parents & Teachers: YOU plan and carry out whatever 2-day Gold Country Adventure you decide is best for your kids. WE provide accomodations in our riverside cabins on the banks of California's most historic river!


 

Native American song and dance activity with 4th graders at American River Resort

Our experience at ARR was absolutely fantastic. The location was perfect. We were a quick walk away from the Gold Discovery Park, where we spent our first day. The cabins were very clean and big enough to accommodate our students. The grounds were well kept with plenty of room to eat and explore. The river was a walk away and the view was amazing. The staff at ARR was very helpful. It was a great way to have an outdoors experience without the hassle of setting up tents, looking for bathrooms and being cold. My fourth graders can't stop talking about how amazing the field trip was and how they'll never forget this experience. We'll be coming back next year. C.S., 4th Grade Teacher, Sacramento

4th grade California history comes alive

Kids get hands-on learning where significant historic events happened!

The program is flexible and easy. 1) You plan your own agenda, choose your own activities. 2) Use us as a convenient base camp. It's that simple!

Marshall Gold Discovery ParkJust 1/4 mile away is Sutter's Mill and Marshall Gold Discovery Park with living history exhibits and hands-on learning activities (like panning for gold).

Also at the park, the American River Conservancy provides hands-on nature oriented activities for kids.

Wakamatsu ColonyA few miles up the road is the Wakamatsu Silk Colony and Tea Farm, the first Japanese settlement in the US.

We give you 2 hours in our rustic lodge for live Native American storytelling (always gets huge likes from kids!) or for whatever activity you prefer.

Kids at the riverThrough all this runs the most historic river in California, the South Fork American River. Sitting on its banks makes the perfect setting for engaging kids in history or environment related lessons and activities.

 

Native American daily life exhibit at Marshall Gold Discovery Center

Native American daily life exhibit at Marshall Gold Discovery Center. (Taylor Studios photo used by permission.)


Suggested Sites to Visit:

1) Marshall Gold Discovery Park with many educational activities and NEW Jr. Ranger Program 

2) The fascinating Wakamatsu Silk Colony and Tea Farm, the first Japanese settlement in the U.S.

3) The South Fork American River with environmental lessons learned through American River Conservancy educational programs plus nature scavenger hunts and overnight riverside stays right here at American River Resort.

4th grade California history activities

 

American River Conservancy

California Gold

 

Pan for gold directly in the American River and then experience gold discovery from an environmental viewpoint!

Nature Quest

 

This active program unravels tidbits about ecology, what all organisms need for survival and leave no trace outdoor ethics.

2 hours

$160 per class

Wakamatsu Colony

 

Piciniking available, optional formal student tour. 2 hours

$160 per class

$5 per additional student

Web of Life

 

Life Science concepts of interdependence, food webs, and ecosystem interactions.

4 hours

$210 for 50 students

Winter Wonders

 

Uncover how wildlife survives in the winter and under extreme weather conditions.

Eureka Experience

Gold Panning Lessons

 

$6 per student

Poke Program

 

Students make their own leather pouch to store their treasures.

$6 per student

Wagons Ho!

 

Experience loading a real wagon with the supplies needed to make the westward journey.

$150 per group of 30

Gold Discovery Tour

 

$60 per group of 30

Stage Coach

 

Talk and robbery presented by Ed Allen

Native American

Story Telling

 

Native American tales around the campfire at American River Resort

Folk Dancing

 

Native American dancing/music at American River Resort

   

 

 

4th grade California history sample agendas

 

SAMPLE AGENDA 1

Gold Rush, Wakamatsu, Native American

 

Thursday

10:30 am: Arrive at Marshall Gold Discovery Park, Coloma CA

10:30 - 11:15 am: Mini exploration to Blacksmith shop

11:15 - 11:45 am: Lunch

12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Coloma Gold Discovery Tour

1:15 - 1:45 pm: Stage coach talk and robbery

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Eureka Wagons Ho program

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Gold Panning

4:15 pm: Check in at American River Resort

4:30 -5:30 pm: Native American Story Telling

5:30- 6:30 pm: Dinner

6:30 - 8:30 pm: Native American Folk Dancing

8:30 – 9:00 pm: Return to cabins

9:00 pm: Lights out

 

Friday

7:30-8:30 am: Breakfast buffet and pack

8:30-9:00 am: Pack lunches

9:00- 9:30 am: Drive to Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

9:30 – 9:45 am: Quick snack

10:00 -12:00 pm: Tour of Wakamatsu

12:00 - 12:30 pm: Lunch

12:30-1:30 pm: Teacher recap of trip

1:30 pm: Use bathrooms, load into cars, head home

 

 

SAMPLE AGENDA 2

Gold Rush, Nature Scavenger Hunt, Native American

 

Thursday

10:30 am: Arrive at Marshall Gold Discovery Park, Coloma CA

10:30 - 11:15 am: Mini exploration to Blacksmith shop

11:15 - 11:45 am: Lunch

12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Coloma Gold Discovery Tour

1:15 - 2:15 pm: Eureka Wagons Ho program

2:30 - 3:30 pm: Eureka Poke Program

3:45 - 4:00 pm: Load up and go to American River Resort

4:00 pm: Check in at American River Resort

4:30 - 5:30 pm: Native American Story Telling

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Dinner

6:30 - 8:30 pm: Native American Folk Dancing

8:30 - 9:00 pm: Return to cabins

9:00 pm: Lights out

 

Friday

7:30-8:30 am: Breakfast buffet and pack

8:30-9:00 am: Pack lunches

9:00 – 9:30 am: Scavenger Hunt

9:30 – 9:45 am: Arrive back at Marshall Gold Discovery Park

10:00 -11:00 am: Eureka Gold Panning Lesson

11:00 – 12:00 pm: Stage Coach talk and robbery

12:00 - 12:30 pm: Lunch

12:30-1:30 pm: Teacher recap of trip

1:30 pm: Use bathrooms, load into cars, head home

California History field trips, stay at American River Resort

American River Resort riverside cabinsOne-night stay in American River Resort's cabins.

    • 5 people per cabin (total number of kids plus teacher or parents)
    • Any weeknight Monday through Thursday, subject to availability
    • Check in and out is noon

Parents and teachers plan all aspects of the field trip, including what to do and when, what to eat and so forth. American River Resort is your base camp

COST & INCLUDES

All costs in addition to what's listed below are the responsibility of the school and are payable to the venue, organization or person providing the activities.

$1350 payable to American River Resort includes:

Look!6 cabins for one night.

Look!2 hours event center for Native storytelling (see NOTE below) or whatever activity you choose.

Look!Firewood for campfire.

Look!Native American music around riverside campfire.

Look!Kitchen and propane BBQ in each cabin for food preparation.

NOTE: Native storytelling (always a huge hit with kids) requires an ADDED DONATION to storytellers.

 Book it at American River Resort

To book your field trip, call (530) 622-6700 and make  a 50% deposit. After booking, we'll send you contact information for Native storytelling and other activities listed on this page.

Call us with questions. Let us help you make your California History field trip super memorable and fun!