School Tours


In late Spring on Tuesdays and Thursdays, School Tours are offered at Bridgeport, located at South Yuba River State Park, and are intended for 3rd-5th grade students.

Discover the rich history of the area, as well as the natural wonders of our Park. The Bridgeport covered crossing is a unique highlight of the Park, and students can learn about the integral part it played between California Gold Country and Nevada silver mines, over Henness Pass. Students can experience the significance and implications of the gold mining start in California first-hand, through interactive gold panning. This experience and memories will be impactiful for years to come.

To make reservations for School Tours please download and complete the School Tour Form, and e-mail it to school program coordinator Sam Bell. For more information, call (530) 273-7714. 

Availability is often limited, so please provide alternate dates.

(3RD – 5TH grades only)

Fees: $60.00 for 30 students, $90.00 for 31-60 students (subject to change)

One chaperone per 10 students is required.

Advance reservation only; the signed School Tour Form and check must be received by the Park two weeks prior to the tour date, to confirm the tour. All checks should be made to California State Parks. Date of requested tour will be reserved but actual confirmation, scheduling, and staffing of tour will not be made until payment and completed form are received by Parks staff. To ensure we can adequately staff your request, please send payment at least one month in advance.

Reservations require a minimum of 30 days in advance and may be reserved a maximum of 90 days in advance. Guided School Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from the beginning of April through the second week of June. Tours begin at 10:00 am.

Please Note: All of these activities are outdoors and weather or other issues may change tour format. South Yuba River State Park reserves the right to cancel or alter the above tour when necessary with limited or no notice.