Miner 49ers: Gold Rush and Pioneer Days

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We struck gold!

This week you put yourself in the boots of pioneers of yore during the time of the Bear Flag Republic as you become homesteaders and prospectors seeking the mother lode.

Readings from pioneer diaries mingle with learning all the things a prospector would need to survive in the wilderness: gold panning, safe whittling, caring for a burro, building fires, outdoor cooking, and more.

Throughout visits to local historic mining sites as well as pioneer trails you will always keep your eyes open for that glint of gold.


You also become a Wilder, a homesteader living with the land around you. Wilders tend to gardens, animals and other parts of the farm and ranch. Learn to grow food and find your livelihood close to the land.
All this plus we offer plenty of down home fun and good times: from old fashioned music to playing old school pioneer's games.


Our summer drop-off and pick-up location is 3601 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville/Oakland

Register for Miner 49ers: Gold Rush and Pioneer Days

Ages 0-Adult lorem ipsum includes

• mobile camp around local Greenspaces and Beyond
• history and life of the Gold Rush
• visit historical sites of the Bear Flag Republic Pioneer Days
• Gold panning
• Visit local mines
• Donkey care basics
• candle or herbal soap making
• how to safely light a campfire (with instructors)
• safe and supervised whittling
• wild edible and medicinal plants
• fun in the pioneer garden and farm
• mapping and orientation
• nature hikes and play
• reading from pioneer diaries
• wood fire cooking

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Our Philosophy for Learning & Living

A Smile

We help children to feel like that group of kids wandering country backyards 50 years ago: independent, tired, muddy, wet and happy from the woods and wild. We are acutely aware of full and real hazards of the out of doors after years of working in environmental education. We try to move away from the highly structured and limiting tolerances of conventional environmental education while keeping kids truly safe but not encapsulated from, or phobic of nature. We are deep patriots to the value of offering guided yet very free and transparent experiences for kids. We believe it is okay to be thirsty at times, cold at times, and wet at times. It builds empathy and care for the gifts of life. It fosters adventure and sincere accomplishment. We also believe it is critical to feel supported and cared for as they truly explore their passion and responsibility. And through a healthy life immersed in nature, they test the limits and great potential of the often untapped physical and emotional resiliency they possess