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.
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 Open Outdoors for Kids 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.
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 us 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.
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.
Options for Large Groups
(under normal, non-COVID circumstances)
Are you bringing a group of more than 30 students? Consider some of these options:
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!
Last updated: March 14, 2023