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November 2014 Events

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
All Events are FREE. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information.

The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. 
November hours of operation are Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Mission Cooking Demonstration
Saturday November 1st at 1:00 pm

Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different culinary styles of the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. The event is FREE. Rain cancels.
Archeology Demonstration
Saturday, November 8th at 1:00 pm

How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Archeological Society. This event is FREE. Rain Cancels.
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
Saturday, November 15th at 1:00 pm

How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. The event is FREE.  Rain or Shine.
Building Methods
Saturday, November 22nd at 1:00 pm

Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to build Mission Santa Cruz. You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick. The event is FREE. Rain Cancels.
Drop - In Family Craft – Candle Dipping
Friday, November 28th, 1:00-3:30 pm

Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can hand-dip a wax candle in our garden courtyard. The event is FREE.  Rain Cancels.
Guided Adobe Tour
Saturday, November 29th at 1:00 pm

Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. This event is FREE. Tours are conducted rain or shine.

Field Trips for School Groups

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Our Mission Day Program takes your students from the life of the Ohlone people in their village to their life in the Santa Cruz Mission with the Spanish.  We compare and contrast the two cultures and discuss what happened when they came together in the context of the Mission System.

The day includes a mixture of information, demonstration and hands-on activities.  It is geared towards 4th graders, and meets California Curriculum standards for 4th grade Mission Studies.  In many cases, the program can be tailored to your group’s grade level and curriculum.

The time is from 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. The program works best with groups of 10 – 24.  However, we may be able to accommodate larger groups by dividing the class during the craft rotation and building tour activities (see Mission Day Schedule).  Parent chaperones play a key role in facilitating the craft rotations. 

We request a donation of 1 to 5 dollars per student. We apologize for this increase, but it may make the difference in whether we are able to remain open in the coming year.

Components of the program include:
* Introduction:  Overview of the agenda. Introduction to the themes of the day.

* Touch Basket:  Students are introduced to Ohlone culture through an hands-on activity involving reproduction artifacts.

* End of the Old Way:  Story about the coming of the Spanish and the founding of the Missions, and the choices available to Ohlone villagers.

* Building Tour:  Guided tour of the Adobe building museum including a diorama of Mission Hill in the early 1800s, a re-creation of neophyte living quarters, and an exploration of various work performed by Native Americans in the mission.

* Lunch:  Students eat.  Parent chaperones are trained to lead the Craft Rotation during lunch.  Chaperones may be trained in the morning during the first part of the program if staffing allows.

* Craft Rotation:  Students break into small groups for their “work assignments”.  They will be able to take home their creations. Examples include adobe bricks, tortillas, and candles.

* Conclusion:  Summary and farewells.

Groups bring lunch from home or school and eat in our outdoor patio.  Restrooms and water fountain are on site. Groups are welcome to arrive early and eat a snack or use restrooms.  The museum, grounds and restroom facilities are wheelchair accessible.  We will gladly accommodate your group in the Park Store if you wish. (Proceeds from Park Store sales support educational programs such as this one.)  Most of our day is spent outdoors. Students should dress in layers.

Other Programs:
If this program does not fit your needs, we may be able to offer an alternative.  Please call us with any questions at (831) 425-5849.

Sponsored by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks