Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
All teachers new to Alcatraz Uncovered must attend the Teacher Workshop on
January 11, 2014.
Please see link at bottom of page for Alcatraz Uncovered introductory video.
Alcatraz Uncovered excites your students about history's mysteries by using Alcatraz Island as your archeological case study. Besides being a popular national park site, Alcatraz served as a military post from 1854 to 1933, a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963, the site of an American Indian civil rights protest from 1969 to 1971, nesting site for thousands of birds annually, and the subject of many Hollywood movies. Students will search for clues from each historic era and draw conclusions about daily lives and cultural perspectives, and contemplate issues facing individuals within each of these time periods.
Alcatraz Uncovered uses the Understanding by Design framework, incorporates Common Core Standards and Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies.
Alcatraz Uncovered is framed by the Essential Question – "How can archeology deepen my understanding of a place?"
Alcatraz Uncovered in structured in three parts:
Classroom preparation – lessons delivered by the teacher and NPS staff with resources provided by the park addressing observation and inference using artifacts and historic photographs
Classroom assessment – opportunities for students to demonstrate what they have learned through essays and inquiry investigations
Want your students to dig deeper into inquiry and archeology? Check-out Questioning Artifacts, an Electronic Excursion of Alcatraz that helps your class discover how artifacts, found and missing, influence our interpretation of history, cultures, and even ourselves.
Did You Know?
The Fort Mason’s Officer Club was built in 1877 as the commanding officers’ residence and up through 1943, has been the home of virtually every significant general officer in the western states including Irvin McDowell, Nelson Miles, Arthur MacArthur, Frederick Funston and John Dewitt.