Education Programs

Experience a variety of hands-on learning activities 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.

*Education classes are not guaranteed to be private

Educational Staff:

Education Program Director | (949) 234-1320
Jessica Crossman joined the Mission San Juan Capistrano team as its Education and Interpretive Programs Director in October 2018. 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 degrees in both Biological Anthropology and Communications and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film, Jessica combines her knowledge of science and social science together with a unique sense of storytelling to bring educational experiences to life.

 Group Bookings Director | (949) 234-1306
Kathleen is the Group Bookings Director.  She schedules and coordinates the many field trips, education programs, group tours, and photographers.  Approximately 55,000 fourth grade students tour Mission San Juan Capistrano annually.  Kathleen is a graduate of CSULB with a B.A. in History and received MLIS from SJSU.

Gate House and Field Staff
Our friendly and knowledgable staff will 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.

3 Ways to Book Your Field Trip:

BY PHONE (949) 234-1306
Phone reservation hours available Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ONLINE Book Today!
Complete online registration and submit.
Please allow up to three business days for your request to be processed.

Please allow up to three business days for your request to be processed.