Gold Rush



It’s the Gold Rush and people are flooding to San Francisco, abandoning entire ships in the harbor and rushing to the hills to strike it rich! Students will meet and work with a Gold Miner with a bad case of gold fever, with the Captain of the Balclutha who can offer steady work aboard the ship, and with an aspiring Merchant who is poised to get rich in this Boomtown!


Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Details: During this day of hands-on experience, the young prospectors come to understand that the California Gold Rush was a bit more complex than they expected and that their fortunes may not be made in the hills – and in fact, may not be made at all. They also learn to appreciate the far reaching effects the Gold Rush had on Bay Area history.

At the end of the day, their destinies lie in their own hands as each student chooses which path to follow. Whether to a life at sea, a career in sales, or a risky adventure into uncharted Gold Country, each path leads the now experienced student to a deeper appreciation of maritime history.

Group Size and Cost:

Your group can be 20 to 35 students and 4 to 8 adults

Flat fee $850 for up to 27 students, for 28-35 students add $35 each; adults are free (max 8 adults)


The Calendar fills quickly! Call Now to make a reservation.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact Program Manager, Catelyn Kindred.

Phone: (415) 360-4772


This document summarizes how the Gold Program offered by the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association address CA content-area standards.


CA Ed Standards