Field Trip Information

Pre-Workshop Friday Field Trips!

Check out what’s available for field trips below! Register for the workshop here!

NEW! Natural Bridge Tour

3:00PM – 5:00PM – meet at the Columbia Museum


Tour natural bridges with a guide from the Bureau of Reclamation! Hike through a decorated limestone cave carved by a creek traveling through. Times will be 3pm-5pm meeting in Columbia to carpool. 

To sign up for this field trip please send an email to Elise McFarland at If you are switching from another field trip, please identify which one.


Gold Bug Mine

Gold Bug Mine: Historic Mine Tour

10:00AM – 1:00PM – meet at 2635 Goldbug Lane, Placerville, CA 95667

Climb down into a historic mine and learn about the history of the workers and the resources extracted. Check out the culture that erupted during the Gold Rush era as people flooded in from all over the world.


Oakdale Cheese: Behind-the-scenes Tour

11:00AM – 2:00PM – meet at Oakdale Cheese 10040 State Highway 120, Oakdale, CA 95361

Oakdale cheeseSee the behind-the-scenes cheese making process. Meet the llama and the goats. Taste some local house-made delicacies. Opening in 1983, the farm still produces small individually crafted batches. Then visit the bakery and get sandwiches and pastries.


Calaveras Big Trees State Park: Hike the Grove Trail

12:00PM – 2:00PM – meet at the Calaveras Big Trees visitor center


CalaverasCalaveras Big Trees State Park, part of a green belt covering the eastern length of California, harbors a Giant Sequoia forest, many campsites and trails. California redwoods were discovered during the gold rush and are now protected for their aesthetic beauty and environmental significance. They are home to many birds, mammals, and plant species and are hard at working purifying our air. Come hike among them lead by an interpreter knowledgeable of this wondrous ecosystem.


Parks Online Resources for Teachers & Students Studio

12:00PM – 3:00PM – meet at the Calaveras Big Trees visitor center

Interested in sharing science and history with those who cannot access a visitor center PORTSor park? Now through the use of video and social media (internet) we can now do just that. PORTs allows for programs to be shared with students and others offsite while allowing them to connect the material and place farther away. OR use media in addition to hands on activities to reach students through a new avenue of learning. Come see the PORTS studio and observe a presentation live.


Columbia State Historic Park: Walking Tour

1:00PM – 4:00PM – meet at the Columbia Museum

ColumbiaGet a behind-the-scenes walk through a historical mining town. The Gold Rush is an important part of California history, bringing in a diverse population of people, settling towns and starting industry.


Gold Rush Railway: Train Ride in Columbia

1:00PM – 4:00PM – meet at the Columbia Museum


Take a train ride through historic Goldrush California. Located near Columbia this restored and preserved model gives the experience of the travel needed to join the rush for riches and the process of shipping goods in and out of the booming cities.

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