Field Trips

Experiential and Experimental

There's nothing like the sights, smells, and sounds of the real thing. You can enhance your classroom studies of subjects like history, mathematics, art, science, and geography by visiting a national park -- the original primary source.

Tumacácori engages kids onsite by offering inquiry-based learning experiences.

Or, give us a call to custom-build a program to your specifications.

The further in advance you call, the more likely we will be able to accomodate your curriculum needs and schedule. At least two weeks is preferable. Contact the Education Specialist by calling 520-377-5064 or send an email.

Transportation Grant Opportunity (NEW!)

Are you a local teacher in Santa Cruz or Pima County looking for help to fund a field trip to Tumacácori? Download the Transportation Grant Application (.pdf, 94kb) to see if you are eligible for up to $200 in bus money for your class.

Self-guided Field Trips

If a ranger is not available to guide your group, you are always welcome to establish a self-guided field trip. The park film, museum, Junior Ranger Seek and Find photo hunt, and self-guiding booklet are all available every day. During January through March, cultural demonstrators are onsite Wednesday through Sunday and make wonderful learning resources!

Entrance Fee Waivers

Accredited school groups coming for educational purposes are exempt from the normal $3 per person aged 16 or older. If this is your school's first time coming to the park, contact the Education Specialist to get an educational entrance fee waiver.

Guidelines for Leaders and Chaperones

We ask chaperones to be aware of and responsible for their students at all times, and to remember that while they are in the park classroom behavior is expected. Please take a few minutes prior to leaving the bus or upon assembling in the garden area to review rules and proper conduct with your students. Essentially, emphasizing general courtesy, safety, respect for other visitors and protection of the park's resources cover most bases.

Come prepared to be outside. All participants should bring drinking water and appropriate clothing -- a hat when it is sunny and hot and coats for chilly winter mornings.

Protect the park. Park rules are in place to protect fragile resources and visitor safety. Before your participants enter the park, please remind them:

  • Touching and/or climbing on the ruins is strictly prohibited.
  • Use quiet voices, especially inside the church and museum.
  • Clean up after yourself, especially during meals and snacks.
  • Stay on the trails.
  • Leave rocks, plants, and artifacts, (such as pottery pieces and stone tools) where you find them so others will be able to enjoy them.
  • Enjoy park wildlife from a comfortable distance.

The Picnic Area is located outside of the back (east) garden gate. Feel free to use the area, but please ensure that you leave the area cleaner than you found it. Trash cans are located nearby. If the cans are full, please remove the bag and replace it with extra bags, located in the bottom of the can.

The park's resources are a national treasure. All of us need to do our part to ensure that it endures for future generations.


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  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Adobe Engineering Challenge

    Adobe Engineering Challenge

    The structures and ruins at Tumacácori have been standing for well over 200 years and are made of nothing more than mud, rocks, and sticks. Explore the engineering principles that make it all possible.

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Mission Mystery

    Mission Mystery

    Students use the features and characters of Mission San José de Tumacácori to investigate a mysterious whodunnit.

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    My Life at Tumacácori

    My Life at Tumacácori

    No matter where and when they live, all kids share some of the same components to their day -- they work, they learn, and they play.