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Park Ranger with students

Park Ranger with students


The National Park Service offers many educational opportunities for students to experience the natural and cultural history of the San Antonio Missions. The park is an ideal "outdoor classroom" in which to explore the heritage of our nation's Spanish Colonial past and appreciate the value of historic preservation.

Free program offerings by Park Rangers include curriculum-based activities that adhere to content standards and concepts as defined by Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).

Transportation costs may be reimbursed to any public or private school and homeschool groups coming from within 40 miles. Funding comes through a donation from Los Compadres, the park's friends' group.

Reservations are required. To provide a quality experience for students and to prevent significant damage to historic resources, all schools and youth groups must register in advance with the park. There is no charge for any activities.


UPDATE (2/2/2016): Slots from late March through mid-May for Ranger-led education programs are filling up fast. Schools and teachers are always welcome to come to the San Antonio Missions for self-guided activities. We continue to request schools inform us of self-guided visits.

To make reservations, contact us by email. Please include the following:
1. School name
2. Contact's name
Daytime phone number
Best time to call
3. Planned Date of Park Visit
Time of Arrival
4. Number of Students
Number of Chaperones (1 adult for every 10 students required)
Grade level
5. Would you like a Ranger-led program, or will you be Teacher-guided?
6. Here is an application for transportation reimbursement.


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