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Star Party
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 from 9:00pm to Midnight
Come join us at the river for a spectacular up-close look at our neighbors in the sky. The Nevada County Astronomy Club will be setting up their telescopes for you to see planets, galaxies, star clusters, double stars, and nebula, and learn a little about the heavenly creations. Free admission and free parking.

Bridgeport Fall Festival
Sunday, October 25th, 2015 from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Enjoy Hayrides, Gold Panning, Barn Tours, Children's Games and Crafts, Pumpkin Painting, Blacksmith and Composting Demonstrations, Live Birds and much, much more. Admission to the event is free. There is a $5.00 parking fee.

Wildflower Walks
March 7, 2015 - May 10, 2015 (tentative May dates; call to confirm)
Every Sat and Sun, 11am at Bridgeport ($3 suggested donation)

Meet at the North parking lot. The Buttermilk bend trail is well known among locals for its spectacular explosion of wildflowers most springs. The display changes every week, so come more than once! Docents will identify the flowers and explain some of their natural history and traditional uses. Plan on 1.5 hours and 2 miles. No dogs.

Bird Walks
Tours conducted throughout the year.
Please call the Bridgeport Visitor Center for current dates and times. 530-432-2546
(no fee)

Meet at the North Parking Lot at Bridgeport. Our docent bird experts, Bob Slyker and/or Carol Malnor, will lead an easy 2 hour stroll around Bridgeport to spot our local bird residents. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have one. You might spot the Canyon Wren, American Dipper, Acorn Woodpecker, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Bald Eagle and more.


Gold Panning Demonstrations
Summer (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
Every Sat and Sun, 11am - 1pm at Bridgeport

Meet at the troughs by the visitor center (donations welcomed)
Docents will demonstrate how to pan for gold in our troughs which are very likely to yield a bit of gold for most everyone. Practice in the troughs, then try your hand in the river. Remember, only pans and hands allowed in the park.


Bridgeport History Station

Summer (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
Every Sat and Sun, 11am - 2pm (no fee)

You will find a history station staffed by friendly docents who will explain the history of the bridge, barn, wagons, and the pioneers who lived here.


Auto Tours
Call to schedule (fee)
Your guide will give a personal tour to your car club or group describing the history of transportation at Bridgeport including a tour of the refurbished Shell gas station. You will then drive on a piece of the historic Virginia Turnpike and pose with your car at your choice of the entrance to the covererd bridge or in front of the gas station for a photo.


School and Group Tours

Call to schedule (fee)
Bring your group of children or adults to Bridgeport for a diverse day of history, nature and hands-on activities. Our docents will explain the covered bridge, our collection of historic wagons, local plants and animals, and teach how to pan for gold. Children may keep the gold they find.