Columbia State Historic Park In-Person Field Trip

Explore Columbia State Historic Park!


Columbia was once known as the “Gem of the Southern Mines.”  Between the 1850s and 1870s over one billion dollars in gold (at today’s value) was mined in the area. For a time, Columbia was the second largest city in California. The park itself is still a bustling town with many local business to explore. Visitors can make a candle or purchase Columbia soap, wooden toys, old fashion clothes, or dress-up for a photograph. Other highlights include taking a walk to the two-story brick school house and cemetery overlooking town, or hiking the one-mile nature trail where mule deer and wild flowers may be seen.

In-person fieldtrips are available through our partner association, Friends of Columbia State Historic Park. Please browse their school tours website to register your class! 








Apply for a FREE, In-Person field trip to Columbia State Historic Park!

Columbia SHP is excited to offer blended-access programs through PassPORTS, which offers Title I public schools with a field trip reimbursement grant to experience the park both virtually and in-person!

Fill out the PassPORTS 23-24 interest form to find out if you qualify to receive up to $1000 in reimbursements for your field trip costs! If approved, the K-12 Access Coordinator will reach out to schedule your virtual and in-person programs.

Want to find more PassPORTS Programs? Search the PORTSfinder!