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.
- Tumacácori in Five Senses (preK - 1st grade, 1 hour)
- coming soon! Pancho's Scrapbook (2nd grade, 1 1/2 hours)
- My Life at Tumacácori (3rd grade, 1 1/2 - 2 hours)
- Padre Kino's Quest (4th grade, 1-2 hours depending on group size)
- Mission Mystery (5th grade, 2 hours)
- Clumacácori (5th-7th grade, 1 1/2-2 hours)
- Adobe Engineering Challenge (7th - 12th grade, 2 hours)
- Custom River Walk (all ages, 1 hour)
Or, give us a call to build a program to your specifications.
The further in advance you call, the more likely we will be able to accommodate your curriculum needs and schedule. At least two weeks is preferable. Contact the Education Specialist by calling 520-377-5064, send an email, or:
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Transportation Grant Opportunity
Do you teach in Santa Cruz or Pima County? Are you looking for help to fund a field trip to Tumacácori? The National Park Foundation's Transportation Grant program wants to help! Download theTransportation Grant Application (.pdf, 839kb) to see if you are eligible for free bus money to support your field trip.
Arizona Content Standards
All programs address current Arizona content standards across multiple subjects. See the updated content standard matrix to find out which program will meet your curriculum needs.
Options for Large Groups
Are you bringing a group of more than 100 students? Consider some of these options:
- Break in half and combine field trips listed above or combine with a trip to the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park just up the road. You'll need about 4 hours and good stamina!
- Break into 8-10 small groups and explore the mission grounds following the Junior Ranger Seek and Find Guide. Rangers and volunteers will be stationed at key locations to answer questions and engage with students. Best for a large group with limited time (1-2 hours).
- Break into small groups and explore the mission grounds, museum, river corridor, and nearby sites like the Tubac Presidio on your own.
Large groups should contact the park in advance to make arrangements with education staff, inquire about fee waivers, or simply give a small park a big heads-up! Remember that the historic buildings are fragile and indoor spaces are small so learning is best done in small groups of 10 or fewer. The picnic area includes about ten tables, so it can accommodate a large group all eating at once. Help keep things clean!
Entrance Fee Waivers
Accredited school groups coming for educational purposes are exempt from the normal entrance fees. 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.
Last updated: January 8, 2020