June 2021
Thank You Teachers and Parents!
Celebrating a Successful Virtual 2020-2021 School Year
We want to say thank you to our teachers and parents who stood by us this school year during both of our unexpected closures. We are so happy to have virtually brought Mission San Juan Capistrano into homes and classrooms this past year. We look forward to hosting our last Northern California School to enjoy a virtual field trip this school year later this week.

It's never too early to book your field trip for next year! We are currently taking bookings for both onsite and virtual programs for the 2021-2022 school year. Book your Mission experience today!

Don't forget to join us this summer! Share the FREE student voucher with your students and make sure to join us on the 2nd Saturday of every month for Teacher Appreciation Day! Teachers receive FREE Admission and a 15% OFF discount in the Mission Store.

Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Serving Over 15,000 Students Virtually This Year
Mission San Juan Capistrano's Virtual Guides have been an invaluable asset this past year. The Mission first began offering virtual live online guided field trips as a pilot program in the Spring of 2020, later expanding the virtual program along to include even more distance learning offerings for the 2021-2022 school year. When the Mission's education team pivoted teaching to virtual, staff gained a whole new skill set. They became technology experts, camera operators, on-camera personalities, editors and more. Through their hard work, the Mission has served more than 15,000 students virtually so far this school year with 28,000 to be served by year's end. Meet the hard-working team behind these one-of-a-kind virtual experiences.

Pictured above Left to Right:
Melanie Rayburn, 2019
Ian Soneff, 2017
Ireland Herrera, 2019
Alexander Warner, 2015
Jessica Crossman, 2018
Resurgam: The Rise of the Mission in the 1920s Exhibit
Plan your visit this summer to view Mission San Juan Capistrano's newest exhibit, "Resurgam: The Rise of the Mission in the 1920s" featuring historic photographs from the Mission's archival collection.

The 1920s was a great time for renewal and restoration at Mission San Juan Capistrano led by then Pastor Father St. John O'Sullivan (Mission Pastor 1914-1933) and Charles Lummis, Founder of the California Landmarks Club. This important time in the Mission's history ushered in the era of restoration, conservation and stewardship that continues to this very day.

The exhibit is on display Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is included with the price of admission.
Mission San Juan Capistrano Celebrates its Student Community
We realize that many of this year's fourth graders missed out on the coveted tradition of a field trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano. We are so sorry for that experience and want to help make it up to our student visitors by offering a free voucher valid for 1 free student admission to the Mission through September 6, 2021!

Be our guest! For those joining us digitally this school year, share this voucher with your learners to come visit us with their families this summer! Plan a Daycation and enjoy your distance learning in a scenic environment while utilizing the Mission's FREE WiFi! Stay a little longer and shop, dine and explore all that historic downtown San Juan Capistrano has to offer.

Please note this free student voucher is not applicable to field trips.
Featuring Onsite Educational Programs, Immersive Experiences and Distance Learning
Check out our Educator's Guide featuring onsite educational programs, immersive experiences and new this year - distance learning options. Students can learn about the diverse history and culture of early California through virtual field trips with a live guide, 360° architectural and historical view videos, Native American Storytelling and Singing videos and more!
The Ranger Zak Show Features Pollinators at the Mission
The Mission was recently visited by Ranger Zak of the online education nature show for kids "The Ranger Zak Show." We're thrilled Ranger Zak stopped by to visit and film a new episode all about pollinators on the Mission grounds. We hope you enjoy this special video about pollinators at the Mission with Ranger Zak!
Outside SCR Debuts at the Mission Next Month!
The Mission is excited to partner with South Coast Repertory to bring you family-friendly theatre LIVE under the stars. Join us on select nights July 15 through August 1 for fan favorite “American Mariachi” (Ages 12+) and the always-popular Broadway musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (Ages 4+). Tickets are on sale now!
In Case You Missed It!
Highlights from Virtual Earth Day 2021
Led by Mission Gardening Angel Volunteers
Jan Sorensen and Toni Nelson
We joined Mission Gardening Angel Volunteers Jan Sorensen and Toni Nelson on a virtual tour of the Mission’s West Gardens, featuring our vegetable and herb demonstration gardens, native plant garden, and special monarch butterfly habitat, designed to protect wild monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars while they grow.
Cliff Swallows and Urban Living
Presented by Cliff Swallows Expert, Dr. Charles Brown
We welcomed the return of Dr. Charles Brown, an acclaimed swallows expert and professor of biological sciences at the University of Tulsa for this virtual lecture on the swallows of Capistrano. This encore lecture will focus on different information that Dr. Brown’s Swallows Day lecture, including the swallows adaptations to urban living.
Presented by Mission Education Staff Artist in Residence, Melanie Rayburn
Gather your watercolor painting supplies together for this special Paint the Mission class lead by Mission Education Staff Artist in Residence, Melanie Rayburn! This class is designed to be enjoyed with the family and is accessible to people of all ages and levels of experience. To paint along with this livestream, we recommend the following supplies: watercolor paints, paint brush, watercolor paper, pencil, any black marker, and water for dipping your paint brush.
See What Parents are Saying...

"Fourth Grade Field Trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano. The Mission offers everyone an audio tour with admission and our kids loved following the map and audio tour around the grounds. It is beautifully maintained property. We enjoyed exploring and learned a lot.
4th Grade Parent

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