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1877 - Newhall School District formed, upon petition of J.F. Powell and 47 others [story]
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vtranch3CASTAIC – James Marshall changed the course of California history when he found gold at John Sutter’s sawmill on a brisk January day in 1848. Often overlooked is the fact that Francisco Lopez actually made California’s first discovery of the shiny metal six years earlier, right here in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Now, a local team-building ranch keeps the dream of the Golden Oak alive for Southern California students by providing hands-on gold panning and living history programs meeting state standards for fourth-grade education.

“We bring back the Gold Rush for the school groups that visit VT Ranch,” says Mike Stillson, director of the 200-acre retreat and team-building center within a short drive of Valencia. “It’s fun, it’s educational, and it’s a rustic, country atmosphere right in Santa Clarita’s back yard.”

VT Ranch (www.VTRanch.com), which is also the location of the popular Valley Trails Summer Camps for youths, has created the VT Mining Company, a living history mine that includes a western town, a pioneer encampment, a water tower connected to a 50-person sluice box, and a country-western stage.

As part of the VT Ranch California Gold Rush program, fourth-grade students from all around Southern California participate in hands-on activities specifically designed to meet California state history and science standards. This includes learning about minerals, rock formations, California government in the 1800s, and most importantly how the discovery of gold profoundly changed California and the United States.

vtranch4“We developed the Gold Rush program to meet the needs of local schools,” Stillson says. “The needs were to provide enriching hands-on programs for students and affordable prices for school districts, at a convenient location to reduce transportation costs.”

The base price for the Gold Rush program is just $15 per student, and groups can choose optional activities at additional cost including archery, a ropes course, a climbing wall, a Native American show, craft projects, barbecue meals and overnight experiences. VT Ranch also offers picnic areas where groups can gather before or after the class programs.

“We’re proud of our community’s role in California history, including the discovery of gold here,” says Stillson, “and we’re especially proud to bring a taste of that history to the students of Southern California in a fun and interactive way.”

VT Ranch is located at 30910 S. Sloan Canyon Road, Castaic, 91384. Additional information on the Gold Rush and other VT Ranch retreat and team-building programs for youths, adults, groups and businesses is available at www.VTRanch.com. Reservations are available by contacting the VT Ranch event planning team at (661) 257-0266 or info@VTRanch.com.

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