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.


As a volunteer at Marshall Gold Discovery, you will complete a comprehensive training program that provides information about the park, its history, and its historic buildings, as well as training on park services, historic interpretation, leading tours and school programs, and historic clothing. Ongoing learning and research opportunities are also available to volunteers on a regular basis. Volunteers are asked to make a commitment of volunteering a minimum of 8 hours per month.


Some of the places where volunteers are especially needed include:

  • Leading educational programs for school groups

  • Leading tours, talks and gold panning

  • Living history demonstrations

  • Working in the mercantile inside the museum

  • Greeting visitors at the visitor center and museum

  • Performing park maintenance/landscaping

  • Promoting the park and its events

  • Interpreting historic buildings

  • Performing research in the library

  • Aiding in the preservation of the library collections

  • Aiding with clerical and administrative tasks

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. Our next training session begins in February. This is a 6-session training conducted over several weeks. You must attend all sessions. The dates are as follows:

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9am-2:30pm

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 9am-2:30pm

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9am-2:30pm

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9am-2:30pm

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9am-2:30pm

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 9am-2:30pm

If you are interested please contact Jerrie: 530-295-2174  or by email:


Dennis Amaral (President)
Bill Bennett (Secretary)
Gale Nored (Treasurer)

Brenda Carroll

Dick Williams

Mike Judd

Judy Bryant


Non Officers:
Maureen Brown (Operations Manager)

Gold Discovery Park Association
P.O. Box 461
Coloma, CA 95613


General Questions

(530) 622-3470

Gold Discovery Park Association

(530) 622-6198 

Gold Rush Mercantile
Hours 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Daily

(530) 344-1895

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