Teachers & Kids


Experience a variety of hands-on learning with our educational programs! Fourth graders will learn about California’s history in a dynamic way by examining the construction of the Mission in “Making the Grade” and adopting a new multicultural perspective in “Journeys to the Past.” Students will actively engage with history and gain a comprehensive understanding of the Mission’s role in shaping California today in “Mission Matters.” These programs meet California’s Science and Social Science standards and present school curriculum in a way that will complement the lessons in the classroom. To learn more about the program options for students on their tours, visit the links below:

  • Mission Matters
    A curriculum based program, offers a fun-filled presentation and hands-on activities that examine the daily lives of Mission Native Americans
  • Making the Grade
    Join the Discovery Science Center in investigating the building blocks of geology during this scientific exploration of the “Jewel” of the Missions.
  • Journeys to the Past
    Award-winning educator Jacque Nunez takes students on a journey into the life of a California Native American with her enchanting storytelling.

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Download Student Pre-Shop Form
Students can shop while touring, leaving more time for learning! Give one copy to each student before the field trip, collect payment and give all forms to Guest Services staff upon arrival. Mission staff will deliver your item to you at departure.

Download Teacher Pre-Shop Form for Bulk Items
To buy any of the bulk “mementos” while you enjoy your field trip, simply fill out the form, and give to Gate House staff at check-in.  Place the total purchase amount in an envelope with your name and your school’s name. Mission staff will deliver your item to you at departure.


Hands-on Activities and Fun Things to do at the Mission

1) Take the children’s audio tour

2) Visit the Mission Clubhouse

3) Try the Commemorative Penny Press

4) See where the Padres and soldiers lived

5) Learn how Acjachemen Indians make baskets

6) Visit the demonstration gardens and experience the curiosity carts

7) Pan for gold, make Adobe bricks or craft your own arrowhead necklace

8) View the koi fish in the fountains

9) Visit the Mission Treasures Exhibit

10) Visit the Legacy of Saint Serra Exhibit



Parenting OC - Readers Choice Award 2016 - MSJC

14th Annual Parenting OC Readers’ Choice Awards – Best Historical Site
Mission San Juan Capistrano
10 Year Winner