A Community Service of the
American River Natural History Association

A Community Service of the
American River Natural History Association


Gold Discovery Program

Grades 3 - 5

In 1849 the history of California was changed forever by a small nugget found at Coloma Mill. In this engaging program, students will explore the changes brought to California by the discovery of gold and the life of prospecting miners. The origins of placer gold and mining techniques are also brought to life in your classroom through an interactive PowerPoint presentation. Bringing yesterday to today, the naturalist will guide your students through an exploration of gold rush mining impacts on the environment and native cultures of California. After the presentation your students will get a taste of "gold fever" as they learn simple gold panning techniques and test their new skills by actually panning for gold.



CA History Standards

3rd Grade:  3.1.1-2; 3.2.4; 3.3.1-3

4th Grade:  4.1.3-4; 4.2.2; 4.3.2-3; 4.4.2-4

5th Grade:  5.3.4; 5.8.4

Site: In your classroom*

Length: 75 minutes

Fee: $175 per program


Size: Up to 35 students; add $5/additional students; up to a maximum of 40 students

* Technical Needs: The PowerPoint presentation includes a laptop and projector to present the program. Please provide access to a power outlet as well as a screen or clean wall to project images on.  Please let us know if your classroom already has a projector set up that we can access with our laptop.

* Before you begin, be sure you have access to a printer. *

Click button above to download the Gold Discovery Program request form. We accept completed forms via email, fax or mail.

Before completing the request form, be sure to print, review and sign the Program Policies.

Still have questions? Read the FAQs here.