October 2021
Dear Teachers and Parents,
Mission San Juan Capistrano is continuing to take reservations for in-person and virtual learning tours and experiences. Check out our Educator's Guide featuring onsite educational programs, immersive experiences, and distance learning options.

Students can learn about the diverse history and culture of early California through virtual field trips with a live guide, onsite tours and education programs, Native American Storytelling and Singing videos and more!

Education programs and tours are available to book for schools, homeschool groups, and family groups! Book your Mission experience today!

Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Join us on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month!
After a year and half hiatus, the Mission is pleased to welcome back regular, onsite basket weaving demonstrations on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Native American traditions are alive and well at Mission San Juan Capistrano thanks to a small group of basket weavers who have maintained the art of basket weaving.

The Mission would like to thank our Native American Basket Weaving Volunteers including Teeter Marie Olivares Romero, Ellen Sue Olivares, Susie Fimbres, and Wanda Jo Gennaro for demonstrating the art of basket weaving at the Mission. Their efforts are an integral part of the Mission's efforts to celebrate the history and traditions of the local Achachemen people.
Sketch a Mission Holiday Scene on Friday, December 10
Participate in the Classroom or At Home!
Sketching is a wonderful way to capture the beauty of the Mission during Christmas season! To sketch along with this livestream, we recommend the following supplies: paper, colored pencils, regular pencil, eraser, any kind of black marker, and ruler or something with a straight edge.

Online Art Lessons are offered the second Friday of every other month starting in December 2021. 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, December 10

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.
Planning an onsite or virtual visit to the Mission soon?
Download our Teacher Pre-Shop form and return on Field Trip Day or before your scheduled distance learning program and receive a FREE membership with a 10% discount in the Mission Store all year long!
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! For those joining us digitally this school year, share this voucher with your learners to come visit us with their families this fall and enjoy a 10% off shopping pass in the Mission Store.

Please note this free student voucher is not applicable to field trips.
Join Us for our Native American Heritage Day Celebration
Join us virtually on Friday, November 26, 2021 to celebrate Native American Heritage Month at the Mission. In honor of the local Acjachemen people and people of all native communities, the Mission will celebrate Native American Heritage Day with a special online video. This video features Nathan Banda, Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation and Mission Bell Ringer, talking about his people’s history and culture and ringing the Mission bells. Visit our website or social media outlets to watch this video premier next month.
360° Architectural and Historical Views Video Series
Experience the history and beauty of the Mission as if you were standing here! From 360 degree sweeping views of the Mission grounds to up close, never before seen views of architecture and artifacts, you’ll see the Mission from every angle in 28 video clips. These can be viewed on a computer, mobile devices or VR headset.

Duration: Approximately 3 minutes (per video clip)

Platform: Vimeo

Cost: FREE
See What Parents are Saying...

"I took the twins to Mission San Juan Capistrano today for the first time! Gosh how gorgeous it is and filled with such rich history. We had the best time. I feel so blessed to have this special time with my girls.

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