Whiskeytown and the Northern Diggins - Free!

by  Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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Upon the discovery of gold along Clear Creek, Shasta County, CA and current day Whiskeytown National Recreation Area quickly became a hot spot for 49ers searching for gold. Whiskeytown saw it all, from gold panning and miners from all over the world to classic hardrock mine shafts and boom towns. Within current day Whiskeytown there are dozens of know mineshafts and adits that shed light on the extensive history of mining here. Together, we will explore the history of mining, how it happened, who the miners were and if the search for gold ever stopped.

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Economics/Business, Industrial Technology, Problem Solving, Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams

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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown, CA
United States

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a 42,000 acre site located in Northern California, 10 miles from Redding. We have diverse ecosystems ranging from oak scrubland to dense coniferous forests. Our elevation ranges from about 600 feet (200 meters) and climbs to over 6000 feet (2000 meters). This all creates an incredible location for a huge range in plants and wildlife and recreation opportunities. Whiskeytown's virtual programs serve the National Park Service mission by helping others enjoy these lands and by teaching about the unique ecosystems, geology and history. Join us in real time with a ranger to learn about Whiskeytown!

Please contact us if you have any questions about program topics or making programs accessible for all participants.

At this time our virtual programs are on rather limited due to limited staffing and moving into our summer visitation season. We look forward to hosting regular virtual programs again in September!

Tyler Compton

Program Details


1. Whiskeytown Rocks begins with a brief introduction to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and the presenting ranger.
2. First we will discuss the discovery of gold in Shasta County.
3. Next we cover some of the techniques the miners used to find and mine the gold
4. After that we will go over who the miners were and where they came from.
5. Finally we explore what happened to gold mining here in Whiskeytown
6 Remaining time will be used answer any participant questions.


In this program participants will:
- learn when and how the gold rush began in Northern California
- see some of the techniques used to mine for gold
- discuss the impacts of the gold rush on people and the landscape

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS3C 3-5 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3C 6-8 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ETS1A 3-5 -- Defining and Delimiting and Engineering Problem
ETS1A 6-8 -- Defining and Delimiting and Engineering Problem
ETS1B 3-5 -- Developing Possible Solutions
ETS1B 6-8 -- Developing Possible Solutions
PS1A 3-5 -- Sturcture and Properties of matter
PS1A 6-8 -- Sturcture and Propertiesof matter
PS3B 3-5 -- Conservation of energy and energy transfer
PS3B 6-8 -- Conservation of energy and energy transfer