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 celebrating the First People of California 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 the California History-Social Science Standards and the Next Generation 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.
  • California Journeys
    Mission San Juan Capistrano, in collaboration with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, offers a memorable learning experience combining the Mission tour with the music of early California.
  • History Detectives: Lunchtime Learning Program
    This new interactive show is FREE to ALL FIELD TRIP STUDENTS! Grab your magnifying glasses and get ready to solve some history mysteries! Available beginning January 2020. Program pending funding.

Content Standards


Educational Staff

JESSICA CROSSMAN 
Education Program Director jcrossman@missionsjc.com | (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 and a Master of Fine Arts in Film, Jessica combines her knowledge of science and social science together with a unique sense of storytelling to bring educational experiences to life.

KATHLEEN WITKOWSKI
 Group Bookings Director kwitkowski@missionsjc.com | (949) 234-1306
Ms. Witkowski, Group Bookings Director manages field trip bookings. She also manages the Adopt-A-Class scholarship program. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Library Sciences from San Jose State University.

MEGHANN YAN Group Bookings Assistant myan@missionsjc.com | (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
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.


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.

EMAIL bookatour@missionsjc.com
Please allow up to three business days for your request to be processed.