School Groups & Educational Programs


Learn about the area's heritage through a variety of educational programs offered to groups of all ages. Programs focus on history, frontier lifestyles, performing arts, pioneer crafts, early railroading and forest eco-systems.

Group Sales Inquiry
Contact group sales at 831.335.4484 Extension 135 or use our Group Inquiry Form.


Living History Programs


Mountain Men Living History

May 8 - 10, 16 - 17, 2018

Explore the life style of 1840's pioneers as trappers, traders and settlers demonstrate their skills in blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking and spinning. Learn candle making, gold panning, pioneer games and square dancing. Experience class in a one-room schoolhouse. Listen to Isaac Graham's story and Native American lore. This package includes a trip on a vintage locomotive and narrative of the California Redwood Forest.

Students: $29.50 (an adult rides for $17.00 with every four student tickets purchased)
Additional adults: $24.50


Education Comes to Life


Big Trees by Rail History Program

Local history is brought to life by a special rail history program. Students board vintage passenger coaches for an hour train excursion exploring the history and ecology of the famous Welch Big Trees Grove and San Lorenzo Valley. Retrace the steps of President Theodore Roosevelt when he visited 100 years ago. Included in the program is a guided walk among giant coastal redwoods along the Redwood Grove Nature Trail in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Minimums of 100 paid participants are required for this package.

Students: $17.50
Additional adults: $17.50


Halloween Programs


Pumpkin Train

October, 2017

Combine learning with a day of old-fashioned fun. Schedule your class to ride a vintage steam train through a majestic redwood forest to Cathedral Grove and Bear Mountain. At the summit, passengers holding tickets may select and take home a pumpkin of their choice. The Pumpkin Train operates Mondays through Fridays during the month of October

Students: $15.00
Additional adults: $23.50
(Plus optional $5 for pumpkin)


Hands-On Learning Packages


Gold Panning Package

Students stake their claim and experience how "pay dirt" got its name. Learn gold panning techniques. Flakes and nuggets are yours to take home. Steam train included in this program.

Students: $21.00
Additional adults: $23.50

Allow approximately 20 minutes for gold panning and 1 1/2 hours for the train ride.



Country Western Dance Package

Social activities were a treat for the hardworking pioneers. Learn how to dance, as they would have at a social gathering in the 1840's. Steam train included in this package. Minimums of 40 paid participants required for this package.

Students: $20.00
Additional adults: $23.50

Allow approximately 20 minutes for dance lesson and 1 1/2 hours for the train ride.



Candle Making Package

Students make their own hand-dipped candles and learn first-hand how much time and effort was required for the pioneers to have a little light at night. Steam train included in this package.

Students: $20.00
Additional adults: $23.50

Allow approximately 20 minutes for candle making and 1 1/2 hours for the train ride.



One Room Schoolhouse Package

1800's school life is re-created in a one-room country schoolhouse. Students are cautioned to mind their manners when addressing the local school marm. Students will read from the McGuffy Eclectic Reader. Steam train included in this package. Minimums of 20 paid participants required for this package.

Students: $20.00
Additional adults: $23.50

Allow approximately 20 minutes for schoolhouse lesson and 1 1/2 hours for the train ride.



Sneak to the Beach

Sneak to the beach and retrace the route of the Picnic Line, which ran between Felton and the Beach during the 1880's up to the early 1900's. The Beach Train departs from Roaring Camp, travels along the scenic and spectacular San Lorenzo River Canyon, and arrives at the beach of Santa Cruz. Allow a minimum of three hours for the round trip. Or relax in the sun and spend the entire day at the beach (seven hours)!

Minimums of 25 participants required for group rates. Program available on regularly scheduled beach train. Call for public schedule.

13 years and older: $25.00
2-12 years: $21.00


Add-ons to Packages

Engineer Talk: No Charge (15 min. prior to first train of day)
Gold Panning: $6.00 per person
Candle Making: $5.00 per person
Schoolhouse Lesson: $5.00 per person
Student Group Rate: $15.00(steam train only)

Roaring Camp school packages are available Monday-Friday (Jan 2-June 5, 2015 and August 24-December 18, 2015) for regularly scheduled train departures and only to enrolled K through 12th grades, in-session, and California state schools.

Advance reservations and deposits are required. Group minimums vary according to the program offered. 80% of the group must be less than 18 years of age. Cash or credit card, purchase order, or one check per group reservation. Bus drivers are given complimentary admission. As a service to schools, we are pleased to provide FREE PARKING to school groups (buses, vans, or cars).

Student groups desiring times and dates other than those offered should contact Roaring Camp's group reservation office at (831) 335-4484, extension 135, for alternative group rates, group minimums, and availability.

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