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Alcatraz Community Access Programs
Due to the cost of Alcatraz tickets, many groups who would greatly benefit from an Alcatraz visit find it economically unavailable. Affordable access is one of the major barriers to visiting the island. In response to this need, the National Park Service has created several successful mechanisms to provide free or reduced price tickets to both schools and community groups.
1. CATS: Approximately 10,000 tickets annually are provided to community organizations through the Community Access Ticket Service. Ticket requests must be made directly to CATS if you meet the selection criteria. http://www.communitytickets.org/
2. Alcatraz Uncovered: This inquiry based program is designed for San Francisco schools that have a high percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunches. The program consists of pre-site activities, classroom presentations by National Park representatives, the field program, and post-site activities. For more information about this program see http://www.nps.gov/goga/forteachers/index.htm.
3. Alcatraz School Access: Tickets are also available to public schools that have a high percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunches. Tickets are available for visits between November and March excluding holidays. Submit a request or see more information on this new program. .
4. Family Junior Ranger Days: Every fall two Junior Ranger days are selected and up to 500 free tickets will be available for youth between 5-12 years old. . More information on the next Junior Ranger Day is now available.
5. Crissy Field Center Program: NPS has developed a long-standing relationship with Crissy Field Center to engage youth in park activities. The Center provides education and interpretation opportunities to a wide array of school and community groups. NPS provides tickets to Crissy Field Center's Community Group Programs for distribution to the community. Tickets are available from mid-March to mid-October (Thurs-Mon) to schools and community organizations where 60% of youth receive free or reduced lunch or 60% of students receive scholarships. For more information about these programs, please contact May Tran, Community Services Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did You Know?
The first prison on Alcatraz Island was built by the U.S. Army and was located near the dock. It was demolished after a new military prison was opened at the top of the island in 1914.