Welcome 4th grade Teachers

Bookings will reopen in August 2024 for the 24-25 School Year at 3:30pm. For Gold Trek and Diggins we usually sell out quickly.  Be ready to book on Opening Day so you will get more choices to come on a date you want to reserve. April and May for Schoolhouse and Town Tour also sell out quickly.   To get the date you want, book on Opening Day in August.

it is critical you allow time for traffic, late busses, and other issues that can impact your trip.  Do not book the 10:00am for the Schoolhouse or the Town Tour if you cannot arrive at the Park by 9:15am. It is a 15 minute walk to Schoolhouse, and it takes time for students to use restrooms before the walk up the hill to the Schoolhouse.  For the Town Tour, you need to arrive by 9:30am to be on time for the 10:00am.

If you are more than 15 minutes late, it is the option of the docent teacher, or Park staff,  to shorten the presentation, or cancel it. There will be no refund. For Gold Trek it is the same. When schools are late it impacts the timing for every school for the entire day of Treks.

iMPORTANT: You must pay by credit or debit card. We do not accept Purchase Orders or Checks, no exceptions.  The reservation system will drop your reservation if you do not pay when you make the reservation.  

Opening Reservation dates are as follows:

Gold Trek  August 27, 2024

Schoolhouse and Town Tour   August 28, 2024

Diggins Education Days  August 29, 2024

We will update the website over the summer with dates and prices for the events for 24-25. If you have questions about the school programs, please email Columbiaschoolliaison@gmail.com

COLUMBIA FOURTH GRADE TOWN TOUR

The Columbia 4th Grade Town tour consists of a one-hour program led by park staff that interprets the town of Columbia and it’s participation during the California Gold Rush.
Included in the tour is: 

  • An overview of what life was like in Columbia during the Gold Rush
  • A hands-on mining demonstration *
  • General mercantilism presentation
  • Student involved bucket brigade activity*

* activities weather permitting.
The maximum number of 4th grade students per group is 35 with up to 4 adults. The minimum number of students is 12.

Reservation Information

Who: 4th grade students only
When: (Fall Wednesday, Thursday) (During Gold Trek, Tue & Wed ) (Tue, Wed, Thur after Gold Trek)
Start Times: 10:00am, 11:15am, 12:30pm and 1:45pm.
Program Length: 1 hour
Cost: This program costs TBD per class. Maximum number of students in a class is 35.

 

Homeschool Option – Town Tour

The Columbia Homeschool Town Tour program is available for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade level homeschool students.  Each student is allowed one parent chaperone.

Other members of the homeschool program are not able to participate in the tour. However, students and parents will be able to visit the historic buildings, exhibits, and merchants of Columbia State Historic Park while they wait for their 3rd – 5th graders to complete the program.

Who: 3rd – 5th grade students only
When: TBD
Start Times: 12:30pm
Program Length: 1 hour
Cost: This program costs TBD per student

 


COLUMBIA SCHOOLHOUSE 4TH GRADE LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM 

The Columbia Schoolhouse 4th Grade Living History Program will provide your students the opportunity to step back into time and participate in what it was like to attend school during the Gold Rush days of the 1861. This “living history” program engages students by:

  • Meeting inside the original two story brick schoolhouse built in 1860
  • Sitting in historic wooden desks
  • Participating in school lessons from the 1861 including history, rules/consequences, mathematics, (ciphering) reading, writing, and spelling.
  • Using historic school tools like slates and old textbooks
  • Following instructions from a schoolhouse docents dressed in period clothing and teaching as if he/she was from that time period (1st person interpretation)

The maximum number of students is 35 with up to 4 adults. The minimum number of 4th grade students is 12.

Program Information

Who: 4th grade students only
When: (Fall Wednesday, Thursday) (During Gold Trek, Tue & Wed ) (Tue, Wed, Thur after Gold Trek)
Start Times: 10:00am, 11:15am, 12:30pm and 1:45pm.
Program Length: 1 hour
Cost: This program costs TBD per class. Maximum number of students in a class is 35.

 

Homeschool Option – Columbia Schoolhouse 4th Grade

The Columbia Schoolhouse Homeschool program is available for 3rd – 5th grade level students from homeschool programs.  Each student is allowed one parent chaperone.

Other members of the homeschool program are not able to participate in the guided walk. However, students and parents will be able to visit the historic buildings, exhibits, and merchants of Columbia State Historic Park while they wait for their 3rd – 5th graders to complete the program.

Who: 3rd – 5th grade students only
When: TBD
Start Times: 1:45pm
Program Length: 1 hour
Cost: This program costs TBD per student

 


GOLD TREK LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM

The 4th Grade Gold Trek Living History Program at Columbia State Historic Park consists of a 3-hour program lead by park staff and docents that is meant to replicate the experience that many young men faced as they traveled from Stockton to the gold fields of California in search of gold. Students are provided the opportunity to directly engage in this same experience within the park.

When students arrive at the park, they participate as “companies” in an auction where they have the opportunity to spend or save their money, purchase maps, carts, supplies, and shovels, and start on their journey. Along the route to the gold fields, they encounter charlatans, merchants, ferry crossings, and opportunities to make critical decisions that affect their ability to arrive at the gold fields ready to work.

The Gold Trek Living History program is meant to replicate the experience that many gold seekers faced as they traveled from Stockton to the diggings in search of gold.

This program adheres to the state’s curriculum standards and provides an unbeatable opportunity for students to experience first-hand what they’ve learned in the classroom. This program is very popular and reservations are required.

The maximum number of 4th grade students per group is 35 with up to 4 adults.

This program requires a one-hour online pre-lesson with park’s distance learning interpreter. The pre-lesson is offered in January and February to introduce students to the Gold Rush so they will be better prepared for the Gold Trek and can have a more enriching experience. The lesson covers historical Gold Rush history, Columbia’s town history, routes of travel, and information about the trek from the Port of Stockton to Columbia. The lesson is approximately ½ hour long. The Park will contact you once you are registered to schedule the online lesson.

WAITLIST: If you are unable to make reservations for this program because the timeslot is full, please send an email to columbia.shp@parks.ca.gov with your name, school name, # of students, and phone number to be added to our waitlist. If there are additional spots available or a cancellation, the park will contact you.

Program Information

Who: 4th grade students only
When: Thursdays, March through middle of April
Start Times: 9:30am, 10:00am, and 10:30am.
Program Length: 1.5 to 2 hours.
Cost: This program costs TBD per class. Maximum number of students in a class is 35.

 

Homeschool Option – Gold Trek

The Gold Trek Homeschool program is available for 4th grade level homeschool students from formal homeschool programs.  Each student is allowed one parent chaperone.

Other members of the homeschool program are not able to participate in the Gold Trek program. However, students and parents will be able to visit the historic buildings, exhibits, and merchants of Columbia State Historic Park while they wait for their 4th graders to complete the Gold Trek journey.

Who: 3rd – 5th grade students only
When: TBD
Start Times: 10:30am
Program Length: 1.5 to 2 hours
Cost: This program costs TBD per student

 


DIGGINS TENT TOWN 1852

The 4th Grade Diggins Tent Town Living History Program at Columbia State Historic Park consists of a 2-hour program lead by chaperones. This experience is meant to replicate a Gold Rush era tent town in California. Students are provided the opportunity to directly engage in this “living history” town and find out what life was like in 1852.

Educational programs for 4th graders are offered on the Thursday and Friday of Columbia Diggins Tent Town. Students get a chance to tour the camp and interact with characters from 1852.

This program adheres to the state’s curriculum standards and provides an unbeatable opportunity for students to experience first-hand what they’ve learned in the classroom. This program is very popular and reservations are required.

The maximum number of 4th grade students is 35 with up to 4 adults. The minimum number of students is 12.

Who: 4th Grade students only
When: TBD
Start Times: Thursday 10:15am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm
                         Friday 10:15am, 11:15am
Program Length: 2 hours
Cost: This program costs TBD per class. Maximum number of students in a class is 35.

 

To preserve the learning environment, schools without reservations are not admitted on Thursday or Friday of the event.

The cost includes $5 worth of “Columbia Eagles” which are redeemed for goods, food or services in the camp, giving students an opportunity to interact in the mercantile economy of the camp.

WAITLIST:  If you are unable to make a reservation for this program because the timeslot is full, please send an email toColumbia.SHP@parks.ca.gov with your name, school name, # of students, and phone number to be added to our waitlist. If the park has additional spots available or a cancellation, park staff will contact you.

Homeschool Option – Diggins 

The Diggins Homeschool program is available for 4th grade level students from homeschool programs.  Each student is allowed one parent chaperone.

Other members of the homeschool program are not able to participate in the Diggins tent town school program. However, non-participating children and parents will be able to enter the Diggins tent town event as a member of the public and participate in Diggins as the public does. Classes of students will not be admitted unless they are registered. General admission prices apply. See Events page

Who:  3rd – 5th grade students only
When: May TBD Friday
Start Times: 1:15pm
Program Length: 2 hours
Cost: This program costs TBD per student

 

EXPLORE PORTS COLUMBIA

Sign up for a virtual field trip to Columbia State Historic Park! Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) program provides FREE, live, interactive videoconference programs, also known as virtual field trips. K-12 students from California and around the world are connecting with live State Park Interpreters and learning academic content standards within the context of California’s dynamic state park system.

 You can view additional virtual field trips on the PORTS Programs page. 
Join us for virtual programs or use our digital resources to supplement your lesson plans and provide engaging, educational content for your students!

Check out these 360° Virtual Tours of Columbia SHP and Schoolhouse!

 

Open Educational Resources

Columbia Padlet  Columbia YouTube  Flipgrid

Digital resources available through Smithsonian Learning Lab.

History of Columbia   Mining in Columbia   Mining Tools   Mining Techniques   Chinese in Gold Rush Columbia   

Introduction California’s Gold Rush   Traveling to the Gold Rush  

Photos of the cultures who came to the Gold Rush   Coins of the California Gold 

Passports are not currently available. They are being updated and will be available for 2024-25 school year.

Columbia’s Passports are a self-guided touring aid where students are required to find, identify and list items found in locations throughout the park. It’s a treasure hunt of information where they learn firsthand about details of the mining days. It meets the California State Curriculum Standards for fourth grade social studies content.

Passports, when they become available, can be purchased in the museum or ordered in advance of your school trip by clicking to download and print a Passport form, when available.  Due to high demand for the Passports, prepaid orders are filled first and no orders are shipped without prepayment.

For additional information or questions, please email columbiashp@parks.ca.gov  Orcolumbiaschoolliaison@gmail.com