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Looking for educational activities for your students? Mission San Juan Capistrano provides lesson plans, guides, activities and more designed to be used before your field trip, during your field trip or even as a lesson for students learning from home.  Use our shopping forms or shop online for additional educational resources for students studying the California missions. Subscribe to our educator newsletter for tips on learning remotely, learning onsite, and extending the learning impact for educators all year long and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more educational content all year long. Did you know? Teachers received FREE ADMISSION every 2nd Saturday of the month on Teacher Appreciation Day! 

Educators Guide

Check out our Educator’s Guide featuring onsite educational programs and immersive experiences. Students can learn about the diverse history and culture of early California through onsite or virtual field trips.

Teacher Incentives

The Mission offers a $150 value video library FREE to all educators for booking their field trip in the 2023-2024 school year.  These additional resources support the “pre” and “post” field trip experience, and extend the learning experience. Our library consists of:

“In Our Voice: Native American Basket Weaving” Video

“In Our Voice: Mission Bell Ringing and Native American Singing” Video

“In Our Voice: Native American Storytelling” presented by Jacque Tahuka Nuñez, Native American Educator Video Series

Shopping Forms

Return with cash or check payable to Mission San Juan Capistrano on Field Trip Day or before your schedule distance learning program and receive a FREE membership with a 10% discount at the Mission Store all year! Visit the Mission Store online at to find more and to purchase directly. 

Lesson Plans, Guides and Activities

Pre-Visit Essays, Lessons & Activities for Teachers (pdf)

Contents Include:

Essays: Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Guardians, The Acjachemen Nation, California’s Spanish Explorers, New Spain’s Franciscans

Activities: The Acjachemen Language, Create Your Own Acjachemen Name, Our Kin the Acjachemen Word Scramble, Food Chain Worksheet, Food Chain Nature Cards, Making a Compass (Physical Science), Can You Map It? (Geography), Daily Life on Board Explorer’s Ship (English/Creative Writing), Spanish Explorers: Impact of Ocean Currents & Wind Patterns (Earth Science), Math and Navigation (Mathematics), Recruiting Extreme Explorers (Visual Arts), Branding is Forever, Make Your Own Brand, How to Read Brands, and Read That Cattle Brand

Lessons: The Food Web, Navigating California’s Coast, and Branding is Forever

Explorer Passport Print At Home Activity

A children’s educational tour booklet which features a walking map, interesting historical facts, and games that teach about Mission history. This learning tool can be printed at home and features a guide that students can work from during their visit.

Educator Newsletter

The Mission has developed a new newsletter for educators to help with tips for learning remotely, learning onsite, and extending the learning impact for educators all year long. Sign up to receive our educator newsletter by emailing

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