Current & Upcoming Events
The next Star Party is in the planning stages, and is scheduled for late summer 2018. Date TBA.
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.
March 10th, 2018 - May 13th, 2018 (all dates tentative; call to confirm)
Every Sat and Sun, 11:00am 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. Due to the narrowness of the trail, dogs are not permitted on this tour.
Please call the Bridgeport Visitor Center for questions (all dates tentative; call to confirm) For the full schedule of Walks, please click the link (no fee required)
Bird Walks begin at 8:00am (for the months of June, July, and September the Walk begins at 7:30am, to beat the heat)
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, 12pm - 2pm 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 Greeters
All year long - Every day - Throughout the day - Depending on volunteer staffing (no fee)
You will find either a history station staffed by friendly docents or friendly roving docents who will explain the history of the bridge, barn, wagons, and the pioneers who lived here. This is a brand new program which is staffed entirely by volunteers of which the numbers are currently being improved. Due to low volunteer staffing levels of this program please do not plan you trip based on seeing one of these programs until a more permanent schedule is posted here. There is no guarantee this area will have a program the day you visit until volunteer staffing levels improve. Thank you for your patience.
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 in front of the gas station for a photo.