Educational resources are available to teachers, students, and parents who want to learn more about the California Mission system and the crowning “jewel,” Mission San Juan Capistrano. Supplement your learning experience with our interactive and informational guides, specifically tailored to meet California’s Common Core State Standards for 4th grade history. These lesson plans will not only guide but also enhance your students’ understanding of this historic landmark by encouraging critical thinking and analysis. Our exhibit guides, for example, correspond with the cultural artifacts on display and reinforce the themes of each gallery space, from Mission Treasures to the Padres Museum collection.

Both the Mission Store and the online gift shop carry workbooks that provide information, activities, and lesson plans to help students complete their school reports and California mission projects. These resources include, but are not limited to, an “All 21 California Missions Report Workbook” and a “Mission San Juan Capistrano Report Workbook,” recommended for students, parents, and educators alike. Also available are “Mission Passport” booklets, a free learning tool included with all student tours; it features an interactive guide that students can use during their tour of the historic Mission.

To learn more about our teacher resources, check out the items in the drop down menu.

History Articles:
For immediate assistance, Mission San Juan Capistrano offers the following free educational information for school projects to download:
Frequently Asked Questions about Mission San Juan Capistrano
Frequently Asked Questions about Acjachemen Life before Spanish Contact
Frequently Asked Questions about Native American Life at a Mission
Frequently Asked Questions about the Spanish Mission System
Student Activity: The Acjachemen Nation: San Juan’s First People
Student Activity: California’s Spanish Explorers
Student Activity: New Spain’s Franciscans
Mission Agriculture
Spread of Diseases
Hide and Tallow
Mission Food
Cattle Ranching
Wine and Olive Oil

Soldiers of Alta California
Cloth Production

Audio Tour:
Listen to the audio tour of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Recommended Reading:

Website Links
Juaneno Band of Mission Indians: The Acjachemen Nation
California Missions Resource Center
The California Missions Trail
California Missions Studies Association

Free Online Books
Google Books: Zephyrin Engelhardt San Juan Capistrano Mission
Google Books: St. John O’Sullivan Little Chapters About San Juan Capistrano

Books at Your Local Library
Find the Library near you that has the book you want

Padres of the California mission frontier
Author: Williams, Jack S.

Indians of the California mission frontier
Author: William, Jack S.

Soldiers and their families of the California mission frontier
Author: Williams, Jack S.

Craftsmen and Craftswomen of the California mission frontier
Author: Williams, Jack S.

Historic Communities: Spanish Missions
Author: Kalman, Bobbie

Indian Life at the Old Missions
Author: Webb, Edith Buckland

Mission San Juan Capistrano
Author: Edgar, Kathleen

For more information please call our Education Department at (949) 234-1320