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School Programs

Tours of Maidu Museum & Historic Site

Bring Your Class to the Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Take your class on a field trip they will remember for years to come. The Maidu Museum & Historic Site offers guided tours of the museum and guided trail tours of the historic site which meet History and Social Science Content Standards section 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2  and 5.2 for the state of California. Our standard school programs are designed for Grades 3-6.
We also offer special 1 hour combo tours for Preschool-Grade 2 and special needs groups.

Please read our Tour Policies before booking your tour.

Museum Tour:
Guides lead students through the museum as they learn about Nisenan Maidu culture by participating in various activity stations and viewing California Indian artifacts and exhibits. Students will learn a Nisenan song with clapper sticks; play a Nisenan Stave game, make a beaded bracelet, and hear native stories.

Trail Tour:
Guides lead students through the historic site as they learn about the Maidu relationship to the natural world and experience an ancient village site. Students can view petroglyphs over 5,000 years old; over 400 bedrock mortars; and many native plants and animals. Students will watch how to grind acorns, touch a prehistoric native plant and try ochre face painting.

Tour Days and Times:
Monday through Friday, 10:00am - 11:30am or 12:00pm - 1:30pm. Lunch break is scheduled for 11:30am - 12:00pm. If students will be eating lunch on site, we provide a covered patio area and an indoor lunch area for rainy days. 

Group Size:
Each group should have no more than 35 participants, including teachers and chaperones. We can accommodate up to 4 groups at one time.

$4.50 per person per tour, only $3.50 during discount months: January, February, September, and December.
Gift Shop:
Our gift shop has many souvenir items such as arrowheads, minerals, hand-made jewelry and a wide selection of books about Native Californians for teachers and students. Preorder Memory Bags for each student as a rememberance of their field trip.

Driving Directions:
I-80 to Douglas East. East on Douglas to Rocky Ridge. Turn right (south) on Rocky Ridge. Watch for Johnson Ranch Drive sign. Turn left onto Johnson Ranch Drive (no light or stop sign there). The Maidu Museum & Historic Site is the 2nd building past the Maidu Elementary School. (You cannot reach us by driving into Maidu Regional Park. We are along the road that circles the park). Street parking in front of the museum is available and in the Maidu Activity Center parking lot (our building next door to the Maidu Museum & Historic Site). 

Call (916) 774-5934 to make your reservation today.

Classroom Outreach Programs

Bring the Museum to Your Classroom
Let us bring the museum to you. The Maidu Museum & Historic Site offers 2 different Outreach Programs; California Indian Life & Culture for grades 3-6 and Native California Stories for grades K-2. Our outreach instructors will bring photos, furs and artifacts from the museum relating to the lifeways of California Indians. Both programs involve the students with a hands-on learning experience.

Please read our Outreach Program Policies before booking.

California Indian Life & Culture:
Grades 3-6
Outreach instructors will compare and contrast the cultural lifeways of tribes in three regions of California and how their material cultures reflect the differing environments in which they lived. After the presentation, students can touch animal furs, explore native artifacts, taste native foods, grind acorns, create petroglyph rubbings and try clapper sticks. Meets History and Social Science Content Standards section 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2 and 5.2 for the State of California.

Native California Stories: 
Grades K-2
Explore California Indian Culture and world view as our storyteller weaves together stories and songs to involve the audience in the lives of the animal people - coyote, turtle, lizard, frog and more! Native California stories provide an opportunity for children to experience Native oral traditions and include multi-sensory learning opportunities with animal skins, sounds and movements.

Program Days and Times:
Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 2pm. The room must be available 1 hour before presentation time and 1 hour afterward for the instructor to set up/take down the outreach materials. There must be a minimum of 30 minutes in between programs in order to allow the instructor to clean up and reorganize the materials.
Group Size:
Each program should have no more than 35 participants, incuding teachers and chaperones. We can accomodate up to 2 outreach programs per day.

60 minute program: $130
90 minute program: $170
Travel fee of $.75 per mile applies for all programs outside the City of Roseville.

Call (916) 774-5934 to make your reservation today.

Teacher Memberships:
As a teacher member, you become part of a community of educators dedicated to making the most of the museum as a learning tool. The Maidu Museum & Historic Site helps educators present lessons about a wide range of cultural, historical, natural and environmental issues.

$25 Teacher Membership benefits include:
  • Free admission to the Maidu Museum & Historic Site for 1 year
  • 8 Free guest passes
  • 10% discount in the Gift Shop
  • 10% discount on a Maidu Museum or Maidu Activity Center facility rental
  • Invitations to exclusive previews, receptions, and special events
  • Quarterly Maidu Museum Newsletter
 Maidu Museum Membership Form

Classroom Activities and Resources:
Click on the links below for additional information on the California Indian culture. Download classroom activities, suggested reading and maps to enhance your teaching experience of either the Maidu Indians and/or the California Indians. 

Maidu Indians - Classroom Activities(Museum Tour Program)

Maidu Indians

California Indians - Classroom Activities(Outreach Program)

Tribal Groups and Corresponding California Counties Map 

Tribal Language Groups of Northern and Central California Map