We continue to be the same Coarsegold Rodeo Association 501c3 that we have always been, fortified by the same goals and mission which is to serve the local youth, and on Education Day 2017, we will not disappoint.  Our Community Partners have rallied and we are delighted to announce that we are ready for the Students!

Just like we have always done in years past, Gold Rush Days will include a Kids Education Day for school age kids and for adults of our community at no charge on Friday, May 5th from 8:30am-1:30pm.  The only change this year is the change of venue to our new location at the Coarsegold Historical Village.   

Our education displays and demonstrations will be lead by the best of the best in our community and we are thrilled to announce the following line up.



We have created an outdoor learning environment that’s highly engaging, creative and fascinating.  Some examples of our day…The kids will explore the world of bees thanks to our guests from the Central Valley Beekeepers Association (bees will be safely contained)…Cat Krosschell, Master Falconer (the Falcon Lady) will be on hand to lead a presentation on Birds of Prey Environmental Education… Ben Lewis, Biologist, CDFW will lead a presentation on “Keeping Wildlife Wild-What To Do When You Encounter Wildlife”…Madera County Sheriff’s Department K-9 will have an assembly demonstration of K9’s at work (after our lunch that will be provided by the Bass Lake Lions Club). 



Our Community Partners are the best of the best and we are so grateful that they want to work hand in hand with your students. 

Our Emergency Services Partners include: Madera County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol-Oakhurst, Cal Fire, US Forest Service Bass Lake and North Fork Ranger Districts, and Smokey the Bear, who will make a guest appearance. 

Our outdoor Community Partner Educators come to us as Biologists and Ecologists from the US Forest Service, Game Wardens, Ecologists and Biologists from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife who will bring static displays to enhance the educational experience.   

Other talented Community Partners include Back Country Horsemen, wool spinning by the Fresno Weavers & Spinners Guild, a straw bale gardening demo by Oakhurst Feed, an animal display by Coarsegold 4-H, needlepoint tatting demo (old-fashioned lace making technique),a wood carving demonstration (kid’s will take home a pencil with their name carved in it), rock painting by Oakhurst Rocks (for all students), Coarsegold 4-H will continue to be available during the school day with their special Kids Day $1 snocones. 

There will be a Class Memory Quilt Project available to the first 6 classrooms that pre-register. Please visit the EVENT FLYER TAB and fill out the flyer if you would like your classroom to make a memory quilt of the event.  *This class project will be sewn together by a volunteer quilter after the event and delivered to the class within 2 weeks after the event as a Gold Rush Days momento.  

All classes are invited to participate in our CREATE A CALIFORNIA FLAG contest. The California flag as we know it today has a Grizzly Bear and the Lone Star of California on it. The Bear Flag first flew in 1846 as a symbol of the short-lived California Republic. A second version was adopted as the state flag by the state legislature in 1911. The bear symbol became a permanent part of the state seal in 1849. The California Grizzly was designated the official state animal in 1953. The last California Grizzly has been extinct in our state since the 1920’s. So is our flag still a good representation of our state?  Draw your own California Flag and show us what you think represents our state of California! Visit our EVENT FLYER TAB and download a contest entry form. The winner will be announced for each group at Gold Rush Days 2017! Good Luck!