Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Marshall Gold Discovery SHP is the site of Sutter’s Mill and the gold discovery, a moment that shaped the future of California. Annually, thousands of schoolchildren from all over the state and people from all over the world visit the park to learn about the discovery of gold, the California Gold Rush, and try their hand at panning for gold.

We invite you to join our volunteer program this year and help share the history of these events with park visitors.

Some of the places where volunteers are especially needed include:

  • Eureka Experience school/group programs
  • Living History Interpretation
  • Interpreting Historic Buildings
  • Gold Discovery Museum and Visitor’s Center
  • Gold Rush Mercantile
  • Research Library
  • Maintenance work
  • Woodworking projects

Marshall Gold Discovery SHP invites you to become a part of the park family and join other volunteers who are helping to keep the history of the park and the gold rush vibrant and alive. Visit for the next training dates.

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Mission Statement

To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.