Gold Rush

Parent Information Meeting

for Gold Rush Day 2019

WHEN: Wednesday, March 20

WHERE: Bubb School, room 15

TIME: 6:00 - 6:45 pm

"Gold Rush" is a field trip for all 4th grade students in May. Students, parents, teachers and Bubb staff reenact life from the 1848 California Gold Rush. A mini-town is set up at Stevens Creek Reservoir picnic grounds.

Find out more about this field trip and how you can help. There is something for everyone: do-ahead baking or craft making, morning-only setup, cooking lunch on the BBQ, song leading, and working in one of the many stations in town that day.

What is Gold Rush Day?

"Gold Rush" is a field trip for all 4th grade students in May. Students, parents, teachers and Bubb staff reenact life from the 1848 California Gold Rush. A mini-town is set up at Stevens Creek Reservoir picnic grounds. Students can stake a claim and pan for gold, visit the saloon, buy things at the general store, make ice cream, try period games and crafts, possibly get thrown into jail, and so much more.

For more on the history of the actual California Gold Rush, see Wikipedia's summary.

Here are the details for the 2019 Bubb School Gold Rush:

  • WHEN: Tuesday, May 21st (pending approval from park)
  • TIME: 7:30 am-2:40 pm (students attend from 9:00 am-1:30 pm)
  • WHERE: Stevens Creek County Park

How to Get There

Gold Rush is held in two picnic areas of Stevens Creek County Park. The park is located along Stevens Canyon Road and Mt. Eden Road in the foothills between Saratoga and Cupertino (roughly a 25 minute drive from Bubb School). Parking is LIMITED so please try to carpool with other parents attending the event. Here are directions to the park from Bubb school on Google Maps.

To get to the park from Mountain View:

  • Take CA-85 south toward Highway 280
  • Take Highway 280 north toward San Francisco
  • Take the first exit, Foothill Expressway. Go left at the light.
  • Stay on Foothill Expressway for 5 miles (Foothill Blvd. changes into Stevens Canyon Road as it crosses McClellan Road). You'll pass the reservoir and Montabello Road.
  • At the stop sign, turn right. 100 yards ahead will be the two picnic areas.

What Takes Place

Gold Rush Day consists of an "Upper Town" and a "Lower Town." Students take turns participating in the different stations at each "town."

"Upper Town" is held at Canyon Picnic Area

"Lower Town" is held at Cooley Picnic Area. This is also where the students will mine for gold in the creek and have their picnic lunch.

UPPER TOWN — Stations may include:

  • Tin smith: create a punched-tin ornament
  • Pony Express: write a letter home with an old fashioned pen and ink
  • Horse shoe toss game
  • Additional various games
  • Shaving and hair braiding station
  • Cross stitch sewing
  • Chuck Wagon, which includes
    • Make lemonade
    • Make ice cream
    • Make butter from cream
  • Upper town jail

LOWER TOWN — Stations may include:

  • Creek: where students pan for gold
  • Assayer: weighs gold and provides note for banker
  • Banker: pays out "money" based on assayer's note
  • General Store: students can spend their "money" on crafts and treats
  • Lower town jail
  • Lucky Star Saloon
  • BBQ lunch
  • Singing

What to Wear

Students should dress as gold mining Californians did in the year 1848.

  • Students should wear a long skirt and blouse or a plaid / flannel shirt and jeans. Cowboy hats are optional.
  • There are a limited number of long skirts that can be borrowed on the day of the event. Please speak with the 4th grade teachers if you're interested in borrowing one.
  • All students should wear comfortable shoes (no sandals).
  • The 4th grade teachers will provide bonnets and bandanas to the students.

Parents should also dress in old-fashioned attire. If you are playing the role of sheriff, we will provide a badge. Wear comfortable shoes as the ground is dusty and the area around the creek is rocky.