New Registration Information for ALL Programs!!

Thank you for your interest in our 2017-2018, 4th grade field trips. This year we have made significant changes to the registration process.

For best results please consider the following:

  • ALL programs are available by RESERVATION ONLY (see applications below)

  • NEW! ALL dates are listed for guided tours, self-guided tours as well as Station Tours and Student Learning History Days. See below for dates and applications.

  • Read ALL the information / instructions on your application before mailing reservation.

  • August 15th registration for 2017 dates opens. Please make sure your mailed in application is postmarked no sooner than the August 15th.

  • September 1st registration for 2018 dates opens. Please make sure your application is postmarked no sooner than the September 1st.

For all dates and tour types please look over the dates provided for each program. There will be no additional dates added. Please take care in sending in your application on time and correctly.

Applications that are sent in incorrectly may be sent back and not receive their preferred date.

Please call the Main Office at (805) 733-3713 for any questions you may have regarding this process.

Free Programs

The following free programs are available by Reservation ONLY

Guided Tours are for classes up to 60 students. Length: ~ 1 mile Time: ~ 1.5 to 2 hours. Click here for Guided Tour Dates and Guided Tour Application.

Self-Guided Tours are for classes up to 60 students. Self-guided tour maps are available for $1 per map in the Visitor Center. Click here for Self-Guided Tour Dates and Self-Guided Tour Application.

Outreach Programs - We bring the Mission to your classroom! (within about 40 miles) Subjects include:

  • Kindergarten & First Grade -- Pelts of the local wildlife; Face Painting - Indian Designs; Brief Chumash History; Indian Legends; Chumash whistles.

  • 3rd Grade -- Chumash History; hunting, fishing, beliefs; knowledge of their world; Indian Legends; Pelts of the local wildlife.

  • 4th Grade -- Chumash Culture; Mission Influence; Chumash Cultural Change; Pelts of the local wildlife (optional); Weaving - from Fleece to Loom

Contact Us for information and reservations.

Fee-Charged Programs

Station Tours and Student Learning History Days are offered on specific dates throughout the school year and reservations are mandatory. Required fee is $2 per student.

Student Learning History Days (SLHD 4 hours)

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Each SLHD program serves 4th grade students. Self-guided groups visit the mission to observe and interact with costumed docents and staff. Students may discover: corn grinding, tortilla cooking, weaving, candle making, blacksmithing, soldiers, padres, Chumash Indian games, etc. This program is filled with hands-on opportunities to touch, feel, smell, taste, and play which bring the Mission to life in a way your students will not soon forget. We strongly discourage the use of worksheets during the event for this reason. If using a worksheet to enhance your students' mission experience, design them for use in the classroom or bus ride. Thank you for your cooperation. SLHD events open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 2:00 p.m.

SLHD Reservations

To ensure a quality experience for all Student Learning History Day space is limited. The program is available on these 2017-18 dates. Schools without a confirmed reservation who arrive at the mission on these days will be turned away. To reserve a space, please complete the Student Learning History Days Application.

We appreciate your understanding our desire to provide a worthy program for our visitors.

  • 2017-18 dates. Schools without reservations will be turned away.

  • Click here for the Student Learning History Days Application.

  • Student Learning History Days applications are accepted by mail only.

  • Only 4th grade students for this highly popular event.

  • Student Learning History Days are never canceled due to foul weather including rain and fog.

  • Classes cannot be rescheduled once a confirmation or Notice of Reservation is sent.

  • A $25 non-refundable deposit per class room is required with application submittal. If class size is less than 12 students, call for deposit amount.

  • The remaining fee must be submitted 21 days prior to your visit along with the final confirmation and principal's signature.

Station Tours (2 hours)

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Station Tours are designed for school groups ranging from 90 to 120 students. The students will be divided into 6 groups where they will rotate through 6 different stations throughout the mission grounds. The stations are 20 minutes long and include demonstrations, touring, and hands-on activities. The station tour will last 2 hours (beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 12:00 p.m., unless specified otherwise through your reservations). Worksheets and photo hunts are not recommended during the station tour. Allow time outside of the station tour for your own activities. Thank you for your cooperation.

Click here for Station Tour Dates and Station Tour Application.