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Mission San Juan Capistrano is a favorite field trip field trip destination for in-person and remote learning for children and adult alike. Each year, thousands of students visit California Landmark #200. The Mission has become a special “Rite of Passage” experience for 4th graders and homeschoolers across southern California. Enhance your visit with our new expanded educational programs that include STEM topics and learning about Indigenous people. Mission San Juan Capistrano’s learning experiences support the California History-Social Science Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, and celebrate the First People of California. The Mission is committed to being a place of inspiration, education, and preservation for people of all backgrounds and abilities. 

Dear Teachers, Parents and Administrators,

Thank you for looking over our programs; we are excited to offer our catalogue of onsite educational programs, immersive experiences and distance learning to help facilitate your students’ learning about California history. We are now actively taking reservations for distance learning and “in-person” tours and experiences.

With your help last year we were able to develop an array of new and affordable distance learning options. Wherever possible we have strived to listen, learn and grow. Teachers and parents like you asked us to improve our tours with regard to Native American history so we strengthened our tour-guide training. We took this input into account with our new distance learning options as well. We believe Mission San Juan Capistrano can continue to be a place of education and inspiration for learners and their families during these difficult times. 

The Mission Preservation Foundation and staff are committed to honoring and celebrating our 245 years of rich history, and specifically the builders of the Mission, the inclusion of women in history, and the concept of being an authentic place where meaningful conversations about history can occur.

Our programs align with the California History and Social Science Standards and Framework and feature Native American Storytelling, connections to STEM Learning that align with the Next Generation Science Standards, and much much more.

We advocate that this landmark, now more than ever, is worth learning from, and invite you to walk the path with us or Zoom from afar, to see the beauty and history of 245 years right here in your own backyard. We thank you all for continuing to partner with us to inspire, educate and impact a new generation of learners no matter the challenges.

We are in this together!


Mechelle Lawrence-Adams
Executive Director

Jessica Crossman
Education Director

Meghann Yan
Group Bookings Manager

Content Standards

Mission San Juan Capistrano is dedicated to providing students with the highest quality, standards-based field trip experience. All of our tours and education programs support the Mission San Juan Capistrano is dedicated to providing students with the highest quality, standards-based field trip experience. All of our distance learning and onsite programs support the California History-Social Science Content Standards and Framework (CA HSS). In addition to this, many of our education programs also align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Our educational experiences are geared toward 3rd and 4th Grade learning, however, they can be adjusted to be appropriate for any grade level if you let our staff know when you book your field trip. To learn more about our standards-based field trips please look at the chart below:

OC Superintendent of Schools Endorses Mission Programming

“With its rare artifacts and treasures, Mission San Juan Capistrano serves as a connection to Orange County’s historic past and a symbol of its enduring and multicultural character. Year after year, this venerable landmark presents our students with rich educational experiences and memories that will last throughout their lives.”

Al Mija​res, Ph.D.
Orange County Superintendent of Schools​

Educational Staff

JESSICA CROSSMAN  Director of Education and Volunteers | (949) 234-1320
Ms. Crossman has worked as an educator for non-profits and museums such as the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man, and most recently The Audubon Society of Rhode Island. With Bachelor of Arts in both Biological Anthropology and Communications from University of California San Diego and a Master of Fine Arts in Film from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Jessica combines her knowledge of science and social science together with a unique sense of storytelling to bring educational experiences to life.

MEGHANN YAN Group Bookings Manager | (949) 234-1306
Mrs. Yan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies with an emphasis in Geography from California State University, Fullerton.  She contributes greatly to the teacher arrival process at the Mission through her extensive customer service experience, allowing for everything to run as smoothly as possible on the front line.

GUEST SERVICES Gate House and Field Staff, Education Assistants
Our friendly and knowledgable staff help facilitate a positive field trip experience, welcome students and review safety expectations.  They will be available to help you find your way around the Mission, and have an inspired learning experience. Our staff is committed to ensuring an excellent guest experience through service, stewardship and safety.

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Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Closed early Christmas Eve and Good Friday.
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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