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Dear Teachers and Administrators,

Thank you for choosing Mission San Juan Capistrano as a favored field trip destination for you and your students. Each year, thousands of 4th grade students visit Mission San Juan Capistrano. We are honored to have become a special “Rite of Passage” experience for 4th graders across southern California.

As the 2018-2019 school year came to a close, we sent out a survey to teachers who brought their students to the Mission during the 2018-2019 school year, asking them for their feedback about the experience. The two things that stood out to us the most from the survey data were a desire for more learning about local Indigenous people and a need for education programming that includes STEM topics. Because of teacher feedback, we are thrilled to be able to offer expanded field trip options that include both of these important subjects. We are committed to providing you with field trip experiences that support the California History-Social Science Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, and celebrate the First People of California.

First, book and take your tour early. The grounds are quieter, and there is more room to enjoy the field trip because rooms are not crowded. To encourage this, we’re introducing a discounted rate for fall student tours, so take advantage!

Secondly, arrive on time, or a few minutes early to allow enough time for travel and traffic when booking your tour. Our docents are 100% volunteer, and they are ready to teach, tour, and inspire on time!

Third, please be patient when booking a tour. 
We’re hard to reach because we are returning teacher calls. Teachers are hard to reach because they are often in the classroom. For that reason, we suggest that you submit the online field trip form, call early, or fax/email your tour request. Our staff will return your call within 72 hours to schedule your tour.

We want to provide your students with an authentic place for inspired learning about California history. We are committed to safety, stewardship, service and experience. Let us know how we are doing. When you have completed your tour, be sure to complete our performance survey. Our volunteers and staff work hard to make your experience the best possible.

Thank you for selecting Mission San Juan Capistrano as your destination for 4th grade learning about California history and the missions.


Mechelle Lawrence-Adams
Executive Director

Jessica Crossman
Education and Interpretive Program Director

“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​

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 California History-Social Science Content Standards and Framework. In addition to this, this school year we have added education programs that also teach in support of the Next Generation Science Standards. Our field trip experiences are geared toward 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:

Content Standards

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.

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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.