Mission Report Resources

Mission Report Resources
Backpack Resource Program
4th Grader Q&A Sessions
Homeschool Family Days
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Accessibility Hour

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 History-Social Science Standards, the Next Generations Science Standards and 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 the “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.

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
The Acjachemen Nation: San Juan’s First People
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 online


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

Books at Your Local Library
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Padres of the California Mission Frontier (People of the California Missions) by Jack S. Williams
Indians of the California Mission Frontier (People of the California Missions) by Jack S. Williams
Soldiers and Their Families of the California Mission Frontier (People of the California Missions) by Jack S. Williams
Craftsmen and Craftswomen of the California Mission Frontier (People of the California Missions) by Jack S. Williams
Spanish Missions: Historic Communities by Bobbie Kalman
Indian Life at the Old Missions by Edith Buckland Webb
Mission San Juan Capistrano (Missions of California) by Kathleen J. Edgar


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