• Sunlight illuminates the top of historic Mission San José de Tumacácori church.

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

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    The Santa Cruz River: Its People and Environment (4th-8th Grade)

    Students will learn about how people relied on the natural resources and how their lifestyles and actions may have effected the environments. Starting with Native American perspectives, the lessons discuss natural history, cultural and environmental themes and issues through present times.

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    Investigate Mission 2000 Records

    Investigate Mission 2000 Records

    Original, primary source text from mission records have been translated and digitized into a searchable database. Trace a person's life events, family members, occupation, and tribe.

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    Critical Source Evaluation

    Critical Source Evaluation

    National parks are valuable repositories of information including subject matter experts, photographs, and tangible objects. One of the founding principles of national parks is that this primary source information be preserved so that people may learn from it in the future. Students today may take advantage of this opportunity both in person and online.

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    Mapping Tumacácori

    Mapping Tumacácori

    Even in the days prior to step-by-step spoken instructions guided by satellites, maps communicated a great deal of information about a place. They could make a place look attractive or desolate, civilized or wild.

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    Life Along the Santa Cruz - K-3rd grade

    Introduces primary aged students to the culture and environment of Southern Arizona, specifically along the Santa Cruz River Valley. All activities are hands-on and easy to reproduce in the classroom.

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    Encounters - A History of the Pimería Alta

    From the native cultures and environments through Father Kino and the mission period to today's Tumacácori National Historical Park, southern Arizona has seen hundreds of years of cultural exchange. This multi-disciplinary guide takes students on a journey through language, science, history, and technology.

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    The O'odham

    Students will participate in simulated O'odham cultural activities to include an O’odham language lesson and role-playing various daily tasks such as food preparation, games, weaving and pot making. Students will place a fictional O'odham village along a Santa Cruz River map while using their knowledge of cultural needs and climate restrictions. They will describe the advantages of their chosen site and draw a sketch of their village.

Did You Know?

Anza Expedition camp

Captain Juan Bautista de Anza of Tubac led over 300 people from here to the San Francisco Bay in 1775-76 to establish a Spanish colony and presidio there.