School Programs

Booking for the 2023-2024 school year has begun!

 Our field trips are almost completely booked for the 2023-2024 school year! if you are trying to schedule a program for this school year, please reach out to oldtown.sandiegoshp@parks.ca.gov to see if there is any availability. 

For any questions about school programs, email oldtown.sandiegoshp@parks.ca.gov.

 

California Time Travelers Program

Grade Level: 4th Grade
Program Capacity: Up to 50 Students per program
Duration:2 hours
Days & Times: Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 12-2 p.m.   
Pricing: $10 per student, $8 per adult, 1 free teacher per class

Minimum of one chaperone per 10 students, max 6 chaperones per program.

In this 2-hour field trip, fourth-grade students will explore California's history and learn about the diverse cultures present in Old Town San Diego. Students will rotate through hands-on stations focused on Kumeyaay ethnobotany, blacksmithing, adobe-making, and donkeys. Large groups email oldtown.sandiego.shp@parks.ca.gov for  more information.

We ask that you book a minimum of 4 weeks in advance to ensure staffing of your programs. In situations in which you cannot meet this requirement, please reach out to oldtown.sandiegoshp@parks.ca.gov to see if it is possible to accommodate your request.  

Educational Tour: "Explore the Past"

 

Grade Level: K-12
Program Capacity:
Up to 20 participants per program (students & adults)
Duration: 1 hour
Days & Times: Thursdays & Fridays; time varies
Pricing: $100 per 20 participants (students & adults)

Explore the history of San Diego with your students in this guided tour of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Depending on date & availability, we can run multiple tours simultaneously for large groups.

We ask that you book a minimum of 4 weeks in advance to ensure staffing of your programs. In situations in which you cannot meet this requirement, please reach out to 
oldtown.sandiegoshp@parks.ca.gov to see if it is possible to accommodate your request. 

 

Blacksmithing Demo

Grade Level: K-12
Program Capacity: 1 class or 25 students per individual experience. 1 chaperone required per 10 students.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pricing: $2 per student, $1 per chaperone

Visit the Blackhawk Livery Stable Blacksmith Shop and learn about blacksmiths in the 1800s with our Park Blacksmiths! In this 30-minute experience, your class gets a private demonstration on how to forge iron and then gets to design their own blacksmithing projects with clay. Great as an add-on to a self-guided experience or its own field trip! Not available on Mondays. Inquire about availability by emailing oldtown.sandiegoshp@parks.ca.gov.

Self-Guided School Visit

Want to visit the park and explore at your own pace? Then register for the self guided experience! Come anytime during park hours, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., and explore the history of Old Town with your students. NO guided aspect, docent, or reserved parking for school buses is included in this registration. Parking is limited to 4 hours. The museums that are open vary by day and are subject to last minute change. Check out Old Town San Diego State Historic Park What to Know Before You Go page to see the normal museum hours of operation.

Pre-registration is required for self guided visits. 

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Coming Soon Fall 2024: Self Guided Historical Packpack Program

Grade Level: K-12
Program Capacity: 15 students per backpack
Duration: At your own pace
Days & Times: Monday-Friday. Check out backpack as early as 10a.m & return no later than 3p.m.
Pricing: $20 deposit for each backpack (cash preferred); deposit given back to teacher when backpack is returned to park.

Enhance your self-guided experience with the Historical Backpack Program! Each backpack has supplies for 3 guided activities for you to do in the park exploring California's history and culture.  Backpacks have the supplies for a group of 15 students. Reserve more than one backpack for larger groups. Teacher guide included.