Welcome to Fort Matanzas National Monument. Many schools visit us each year as culmination of their studies. Please visit Plan a Field Trip if you are interested in visiting. Be aware that March, April and May are extremely busy months.
We have numerous curriculum materials available to augment your study of the fort and of Florida history. Just click on a title below to download the file.
The Building of the Castillo de San Marcos
In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like as a Spanish Soldier.
The Castillo de San Marcos is full of history & various people. It is through Archeology that we learn about its history.
This lesson is designed to give students a better understanding of the Timucua people, their relationship with Spaniards and the need of historical documents in addition to archeology. Lesson can be used as the second lesson, following Archeology: Digging into the Castillo
Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) produced, "Coquina Queries: Archaeology Lessons for Northeast Florida," a curriculum that encourages students to learn about the use of coquina stone as an important building material in Florida's past. It influenced the outcome of wars, colonial efforts, slave plantations, and Florida's basic economy. Coquina Queries units may be taught in order; however, they are designed to stand alone.
Students will create their own fort and identify its parts using historic forts from across Northeast Florida as models.
This program will guide you through the park exhibits beginning at the St. John's river lookout behind the visitor center and continuing to the fort.