February 2022
Dear Teachers and Parents,
Mission San Juan Capistrano continues to be a meaningful and safe outdoor learning environment for student field trips.

Book a guided tour, an audio tour or a Mission Matters adobe brick making class for the entire class or the individual 4th grade learners in your life. They will enjoy learning more about historic life as they explore the Mission! Extend your learning by booking an onsite, hands-on experience from our education partners including Journeys to the Past Presented by Jacque Tahuka Nunez, Native American Educator and Seismic Shakeup presented by The Discovery Cube.

A visit to the Mission allows students to use their senses and dive in the past while learning about jobs and duties that were an important part of building and operating the Mission. Learners also gain a greater appreciation of our Indigenous peoples' contributions. Book your Mission experience today!

Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Paint the Iconic Serra Chapel on Friday, January 11
Participate in the Classroom or At Home!
Join us live as we paint during this special livestream. We recommend the following supplies: acrylic or gouache paint, white multimedia paper, small, pointed paint brush, and a variety of pencils.

Online Art Lessons are offered the second Friday of every other month.They are led by Mission Staff Artist in Residence Melanie Rayburn. These classes are designed to be enjoyed with family, friends, and classmates. They are accessible to people of all ages and levels of experience and are a fun, interactive learning activity.

Date: Friday, January 11

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Price: FREE! Online event - Register for this class by clicking the following link:
We want to hear from you! Click the art program survey button below to tell us what you want to see in our upcoming art programs.
The Mission Thanks our Amazing Educators for Choosing the Mission as a Top Destination for Learners!
The Mission celebrates teachers and the amazing work they're doing by hosting Teacher Appreciation Day every second Saturday of the month, offering free memberships for teachers who bring their students to the Mission Store, and honoring teachers with our commemorative pin program that recognizes teachers who have been bringing their students onsite for field trips to the Mission for 5, 10, or even 20+ years.

Thank you educators for ALL that you do!
Mission San Juan Capistrano is Committed to Celebrating and Preserving the Indigenous People's History
During your Field Trip, be sure to visit the following at the Mission:

"Native American" museum room featuring information on the Acjachemen people's origins, food hunting and gathering, plant uses and more.

The grinding stone where Native Americans ground acorns for food preperation.

The Mission Clubhouse which features a giant interactive basket weaving center and teaches about the Acjachemen people's culture and traditions.

Basket weaving demonstrations led by our wonderful volunteers, members of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Download our brand-new FREE winter themed scavenger hunt to see how many treasures you can find all while learning about California history while you explore the Mission grounds.

Print these out as an added experience for your students during their onsite Field Trip.
Lesson Plans, Learning Guides and Activities Available
Mission San Juan Capistrano is dedicated to providing resources to help you and your students prepare to learn about the California missions. Supplement your learning experience with our interactive and informational guides, specifically tailored to meet California History-Social Science Standards, the Next Generations Science Standards and California’s Common Core State Standards for 4th grade history. These lesson plans will not only guide but also enhance your students’ understanding of this historic landmark by encouraging critical thinking and analysis. 
The Mission's Adopt-A-Class Scholarship Program is Open to Help ALL Schools in Need Stay Connected to Learning
Students and teachers can study California history and enjoy unique interactive learning thanks to the generous funding provided by the Mission's Adopt-A-Class Scholarship Program and supporting partner The Nicholas Endowment. Teachers can apply for this program by completing the application. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Apply today!
Mission San Juan Capistrano Celebrates its Student Community
Mission San Juan Capistrano celebrates its student community and the annual return of students to the Mission. This voucher is offered to encourage students to visit the Mission with their family and is valid through June 1, 2022!

Be our guest! Share this voucher with your learners to come visit us with their families this season and enjoy a 10% off shopping pass in the Mission Store.

Please note this free student voucher is not applicable to field trips.
Not Able to Visit the Mission in Person? Book a Live or Pre-Recorded Distance Learning Experience Instead
View our Educator’s Guide for a detailed description of all our remote learning including both live experiences and pre-recorded experiences including our Native American History and Storytelling package and see what teachers are saying about our distance learning:

“[The presenter] was positive and engaging. The students loved seeing the artifacts and the 360 degree view videos. All of the information that were presented tied nicely to the 4th Grade curriculum on the California Missions.”
See What Schools are Saying...

"Field Trips round out textbooks, lectures, and homework assignments. Students become immersed in their learning, creating bonds and memories with classmates along the way.

We LOVE to hear from you! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram with your photos and we will share them in our next issue.

Join us Every 2nd Saturday of the Month!
Receive 15% OFF when you shop in the Mission Store!
Mission San Juan Capistrano is the
#1 Destination for Learning Remote and In-Person!
3 Ways to Book Your Mission Experience:

BY PHONE (949) 234-1306
Phone reservation hours available
Monday – Friday • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ONLINE Book Today!
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Book Your Onsite or Distance Learning Now!
Book ANY Distance Learning or Onsite Experience and receive "In Our Voice: Mission Bell Ringing and Native American Singing" video for FREE (a $50 value)!