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Tour Logistics

Length of guided tour:
The average tour takes about 45 minutes.

Group size:
The maximum group size is 45 people. (We require one adult per ten children, but we prefer one adult per five children.)

School group tours are available on Wednesdays and must be arranged at least two weeks in advance.  Teachers can make school tour arrangements by calling Reserve America toll-free at 1-866-240-4655.  They are open from 8am-5pm daily.  School tours are offered at 10:30 AM, 11:45 AM, and 1:30 PM.  We make every effort to provide tours to groups with reservations, but we cannot guarantee one due to staffing limitations.  If staff is not available self-guided brochures will be provided on site.

Curriculum:
The school tour and/or self-guided tour relate to the History/Social Science Content Standards for Grades K-12 in the following ways:
1. 4.2.5 is met by discussing the daily lives of the people who occupied the Petaluma Rancho.
2. 4.2.8, 4.3.1, and 4.3.3 are met by discussing mission secularization, land grants, the rancho economy, the location of Mexican settlements, Fort Ross, Sutter's Fort, and the effect of the Gold Rush on settlements.

We have a school tour manual available for teachers, to download please click the link A_Teachers_Guide_to_School_Tours_at_Petaluma_Adobe_SHP.pdf