Columbia is a real town, it never actually closes.
Park Exhibits open daily 10:00am - 4:00pm
Most businesses are open from 10:00am to- 5:00pm.
Columbia was once known as the "Gem of the Southern Mines." The town's Gold Rush-era business district was designated as a State Park by Governor Earl Warren in July 1945. Today we can take a step back in time to experience life in 1850s California.
Parking and entrance to Columbia State Historic Park are free. Additional fees may apply for special events in the park.
Fourth Grade in park virtual scavenger hunt. This activity will help students learn about the impacts the gold rush had on the culture, environment and economy of California. They will explore town and learn about Columbia by playing a game that highlight learning through multiple choice questions, historic photos and artifacts.
To play Agents of Discovery:
Download the Agents of Discovery App using the free parks WI-FI or your own data plan. Search for the Columbia State Historic Park mission and download the mission. Start the mission at the Columbia Museum. Once the app is downloaded you can turn off Wi-Fi if you choose.
Good Luck Agents!
Special School programs designed to meet state curriculum standards for 4th graders are offered September-June. Programs include Town and Schoolhouse Tours, Gold Trek, and Diggins Tent Town Education Days. Programs are popular and fill quickly. To sign up or learn more information, click HERE.
2019/2020 School Tour Reservation Information
Reservations for 2019/2020 School Tours and Programs open August 1 at 3:30 P.M. at http://friendsofcolumbiashp.com/. Programs will continue to take reservations until full.
Columbia Virtual Curriculum
Free PORTS for Columbia Parks Online Resource for Teachers and Students
Three downloadable lesson plans focused on 4th grade curriculum culminating with a staff member from Columbia interacting with the class via video conference providing a tour of our gold rush town.
We can also create content for any grade level about the Gold Rush, diverse cultures, building a community, geology, westward expansion and other science concepts.
This virtual tour gives students and adults a chance to interact with a ranger in the park and see the artifacts and buildings of the Gold Rush.
To book your Gold Rush virtual program click the link below.