May 2022
Thank You Teachers and Parents!
Celebrating a Successful 2021-2022 School Year
We want to say thank you to our teachers and parents who visited onsite and/or joined us virtually this year. Mission San Juan Capistrano continued to be a favorite Field Trip destination and proudly welcomed the return of field trips students on the historic grounds.

Onsite field trip tours and experiences are STILL AVAILABLE for this school year. There is limited availability so please call our Group Bookings Department and find out what days and time slots are available for you and your classroom to visit California Landmark #200 at (949) 234-1306.

Make sure to join us for Teacher Appreciation Day! Teachers receive FREE Admission and a 15% OFF discount in the Mission Store. For the month of May, Teacher Appreciation Day will be help on Saturday, May 21.

It's never too early to book your field trip for next year! We are currently taking bookings for both onsite and virtual programs for the 2022-2023 school year. Book your Mission experience today!

Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director
Mission San Juan Capistrano

Photo Credit: cardenconservatory
California Missions in Oil Featuring Award-Winning Plein Air Artist Saim Caglayan Now On Display
Come explore Mission San Juan Capistrano's newest exhibit, "California Missions in Oil" featuring beautiful artworks by award-winning plein air artist Saim Caglayan. This limited time exhibit captures the current day aesthetic of California's most renown missions and will be on display now through July 10, 2022. Nearly 30 paintings, including those shown below are available for viewing and/or purchase.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the exhibit's paintings will benefit the preservation of historic Mission San Juan Capistrano.

You can view the new "California Missions in Oil" exhibit open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Access to view the new exhibit is included with membership or the price of admission. This is a limited opportunity for the public to purchase exclusive, authentic plein air artworks.
Field of Honor® Returns to the Mission Memorial Day Weekend In Partnership with HomeFront America
Beginning Tuesday, May 24 through Monday, May 30, nearly 400 beautiful American flags will be on display in Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Central Courtyard as part of the 2022 Field of Honor partnership with Homefront America. The captivating display honors active military, veterans, first responders, as well as K-9 and equestrian heroes.

During this special display, active duty, veterans, first responders and Mission Members (with identification) will also receive FREE ADMISSION (May 24-May 30). The Mission will be open on Monday, May 30 for limited hours from as part of the program from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Anyone can sponsor a flag to honor their loved one who has served as a member of the military, veteran, and/or first responder. Flag sponsorships are $50 each with proceeds benefiting Homefront America’s charitable programs for military families.
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 September 6, 2022!

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

Please note this free student voucher is not applicable to field trips.
Native American Thank You Song, Featuring Jackie Tahuka Nunez, Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation
Enjoy this special preview clip from our Distance Learning Native American History and Storytelling Package. Presented by teacher and storyteller Jacque Tahuka Nunez, Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation, this special video celebrates diversity while teaching about the local indigenous people’s traditions.

View the full video and more when you book our Native American History and Storytelling Package as part of our Distance Learning experiences for the 2022-2023 school year. Learn more.
Select Evenings July 30 - August 21 for Outside SCR's "Million Dollar Quartet"
Back by popular demand, Outside SCR returns this summer with “Million Dollar Quartet!” Mission San Juan Capistrano is excited to partner with South Coast Repertory to provide you the opportunity to gather outdoors and experience family-friendly, world-class theatre July 30 through August 21.

On Dec. 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered for one night to play music and ended up making history. This Tony Award-nominated musical takes us inside one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever recorded with four legendary musicians doing what they loved most: expressing life’s joy and sadness through song. Described as “dazzling” by New York Magazine and “wildly entertaining” by Hollywood Reporter, "Million Dollar Quartet" will have you rocking down memory lane with more than 20 chart-topping hits like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and “Who Do You Love.”

Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Original concept and direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
Directed by James Moye
July 30 – August 21, 2022
All Performances at 7:30 p.m.

Recommendation: Age 8 and above.
In Case You Missed It!
Highlights from Virtual Earth Day 2022
Featuring the Mission Gardening Angel Volunteers
The Mission’s Gardening Angel volunteers are dedicated to making the Mission’s gardens beautiful. In this video, a few of these them share their favorite parts of the gardens. We’re so grateful to our gardening volunteers for helping to make the Mission beautiful!
The Cliff Swallows of Capistrano
Presented by Cliff Swallows Expert, Dr. Charles Brown
We welcomed the return of Dr. Charles Brown, an acclaimed swallows expert and professor of biological sciences at the University of Tulsa for this virtual lecture on the swallows of Capistrano. This encore lecture focused on different information than Dr. Brown’s Swallows Day lecture.
Watercolor Mission Poppies
Presented by Mission Education Staff Artist in Residence, Melanie Rayburn
Gather your watercolor painting supplies together for this special Paint the Mission class lead by Mission Education Staff Artist in Residence, Melanie Rayburn. This class is designed to be enjoyed with the family and is accessible to people of all ages and levels of experience. To paint along with this livestream, we recommend the following supplies: watercolor paints, paint brush, watercolor paper, pencil, and water for dipping your paint brush.
See What Parents are Saying...

"BIG reason we homeschool so that we can explore and learn hands on and be able to as a family what fun we had with our Co-op friends and family such a breathtaking Mission and gorgeous landscape walking history was so fun. Had breakfast at a little cafe, walked the town, ate lunch and enjoyed the scenery in Capistrano.
4th Grade Parent

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