Events and Activities

JULY ACTIVITIES AT SANTA CRUZ MISSION STATE HISTORIC PARK

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz (831) 425-5849
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz (831) 425-5849

Junior Rangers – Explorers! At the Santa Cruz Mission
Thursday, July 3rd at 11 am to 12:15 pm
Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 – 12 year olds. Navigate the New World. Learn to use a compass and design your own compass rose. Space is limited. Register by calling 831 425-5849. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz

Building Methods at the Mission
Saturday, July 5th, from 1 to 2 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. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information.

Junior Rangers – Ohlone Skills At the Santa Cruz Mission
Thursday, July 10th from 11 am to 12:15 pm
Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 – 12 year olds. Use a pump drill to create shell jewelry and explore other California Indian Lifeways. Space is limited. Register by calling 831 425-5849. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz

Old Fashioned Campfire for the Whole Family at the Mission
Friday, July 11th, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Bring your picnic dinner and lawn chairs.  Make a fresh tortilla on the comal as we enjoy live music by Robby and Friends. Then we’ll gather around the campfire for songs, skits, and stories. What a great way to relax into summer with the best views of Santa Cruz! This event is FREE.  The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information.

Guided Adobe Tour at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, July 12th  at 1 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. Tours are conducted rain or shine. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz

Junior Rangers – Ohlone Games! At the Santa Cruz Mission
Thursday, July 17th from 11 am to 12:15 pm
Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Make and play games of skill and chance. Space is limited. Register by calling 831 425-5849. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz

Drop In Family Craft – Candle Dipping at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, July 19th from 1 pm to 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. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information. 

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Summer Series – Movie at the Mission
Chasing Mavericks
Saturday, July 19, gates open at 7pm; film starts at sunset
The Snack Shack will be open, with proceeds to benefit the park.  To learn more, visit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks at ThatsMyPark.org or via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. 

Junior Rangers – Building Methods! At the Santa Cruz Mission
Thursday, July 24th at 11:00 am– 12:15 pm
Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 – 12 year olds. Compare tule and adobe building materials and technology. Create a tule mat and make your own adobe brick. Space is limited. Register by calling 831 425-5849. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz

Gardens of Time
Saturday, July 26th , from 1 to 2 pm
Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds and Victorian “Nearyland”. Take home history in a seed. The event is FREE.  Rain Cancels.

Junior Rangers – Mission Foodways!  At the Santa Cruz Mission
Thursday, July 31st from 11am to 12:15 pm
Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Prepare and taste some of the new foods the Spanish brought with them to Alta California. Space is limited. Register by calling 831 425-5849. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.thatsmypark.org or www.parks.ca.gov

AUGUST ACTIVITIES AT SANTA CRUZ MISSION STATE HISTORIC PARK

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information. Our summer hours of operation are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 Am to 4:00 pm. On Saturday, August 23rd we will close at 12:00 to celebrate our State Park volunteers.
 
 
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, August 2nd , 1:00-2:00pm
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. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information.
  
Junior Rangers – Roundup: Roping & Branding at the Santa Cruz Mission
Thursday, August 7th at 11:00 am– 12:15 pm

Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 – 12 year olds. Learn the skills of a Californio Vaquero (cowboy.) Space is limited. Register by calling 831 425-5849. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz
 
Old Fashioned Campfire for the Whole Family at the Mission
Friday, August 8th, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Bring your picnic dinner and lawn chairs.  Make a fresh tortilla on the comal as we enjoy live music by Robby and Friends. Then we’ll gather around the campfire for songs, skits, and stories. What a great way to relax into summer with the best views of Santa Cruz! This event is FREE.  The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information.
 
Guided Adobe Tour at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, August 9th 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. Tours are conducted rain or shine. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz
 
Junior Rangers – Bolcoff’s Homeland at the Santa Cruz Mission
Thursday, August 14th at 11:00 am– 12:45 pm
Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 – 12 year olds. Learn about the Russian immigrant and his connection to Santa Cruz. We’ll decorate traditional pysanky eggs. Please note: this program runs longer than our typical Junior Ranger programs. Space is limited. Register by calling 831 425-5849. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz
 
Drop In Family Craft – Tin Can Luminaria
Saturday, August 16th, 1:00-3:30pm

Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can fashion a tin lantern in our garden courtyard.. The event is FREE.  Rain Cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information.
 
Gardens of Time
Saturday, August 30th , 1:00-2:00pm

Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds and Victorian “Nearyland”. Take home history in a seed. The event is FREE.  Rain Cancels.

ACTIVITIES AT SANTA CRUZ MISSION STATE HISTORIC PARK

The Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Admission is free

Seasonal Special Events
Presented by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Visit Thatsmypark.org for more information about seasonal special events including music, art, movies, First -Friday downtown activities, and the wildly popular Art, Music and Mole Festival held in September at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.  All Summer Series events are free with donations welcome that will help support the park.

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Field Trips for School Groups

MISSION DAY PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Overview:
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.

Logistics:
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. 

Cost:
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.

Facilities:
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