Dear Student, Parent, and Teacher:


Every year, over 50,000 students visit Orange County’s only historic mission to learn about California history and all of California’s missions. Your support of the Mission’s education programming helps to keep the Mission around for the next generation of students, so thank you!

Mission San Juan Capistrano offers award winning audio tours in multiple languages and also provides educational “passport” booklets, engaging exhibits, and Living History day featuring volunteers dressing in period attire. Students and parents will also find information about all of the missions in the California Missions Resource Studio, free with admission. There are “free with admission“ weekend and summer time student activities, as well as numerous free resources on the website, all designed to extend the class room learning beyond the field trip experience. All of this educational programming with the 4th grade California Social Science Content Standards, (4.2 #5).

As a proud supporter who believes that education takes place every day, all day long, I hope to run into you at Mission San Juan Capistrano and invite you to experience inspired learning right here in Orange County.

William M. Habermehl
Orange County Superintendent of Schools

Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano historic landmark and museum. The whole family will enjoy budget-friendly activities, experiencing culture and history in many ways- from audio tours to educational tour booklets, fun exhibits and historical re-enactments.

Spotlight on Education
Experience the "hands on" learning programs the Mission has to offer

Stay up to date with current preservation projects and education about Mission history:

Education Blog
Before Mission San Juan Capistrano: Acjachemen Supermarket

Museum Blog
Mission Treasures Museum: St. John of Capistrano Painting

Fun Things to do at the Mission

1) Count butterflies and koi

2) Take the children’s audio tour

3) Visit our permanent exhibits

4) Learn how Native Americans of Orange County made baskets

5) Visit the demonstration gardens

6) Experience the curiosity carts

7) Participate in Mission Summer Camp

8) Spend the night at the Mission

9) Get a scout badge

10) Learn how to make adobe houses and straw dolls

Download Games & Activity Sheets (pdf)

Free Mission Map

Free map for students when you visit the Mission on a Saturday or Sunday.
Click here to download this coupon

Best of 2010

Best of 2010
Mission San Juan Capistrano won the reader's choice award for Historical Site in the Best of 2010 Parenting Orange County Magazine