The Tucson Presidio Trust offers educational opportunities at both the Presidio and Fort Lowell Museums for professional educators, homeschoolers, and family groups from October-April as well as outreach opportunities. All educational programs are by reservation only. Contact Ginger Thompson, Community Engagement and Education Manager, at gingert@tucsonpresidio.com for more information.

Educational Program 1: Morning Muster

On-Site Live Field Trip
Approximately 2 hours
Accommodates 8-40 participants-not including chaperones
$5 per child and chaperones free

The Morning Muster program supports Common Core curriculum for Arizona 3rd and 4th graders and its small size allows for flexibility, so it can be adapted for 3rd through 12th grades or for a specific topic. Teachers will work with a Presidio staff member to customize a program that best suites their students. You will receive educational materials prior to your scheduled program to use to prepare your students for their field trip.

During your on-site visit your class will be broken into smaller groups to rotate through 4-6 stations that may include the following (depending on volunteer availability):    

  • Tinsmithing  (Presidio)  
  • Games and toys of the Presidio (Presidio)
  • The life of a Presidio soldier (Presidio)
  • Archaeology (Fort Lowell)
  • The Telegraph Arrives in Tucson (Fort Lowell)
  • History of Baseball in Tucson (Fort Lowell)

The minimum grade level for the Morning Muster is 3rd grade and no more than 3 classes per school due to the high interest in our programs. The cost is $5 per student and chaperones are free. Information on our need based scholarships available upon request.

Click here to register online.

Or contact Ginger Thompson, Community Engagement and Education Manager, at gingert@tucsonpresidio.com for more information or to schedule your Morning Muster at the Presidio or Fort Lowell Museums!

Educational Program 2: Friday at the Fort (Offered only at the Presidio)

On-Site Live Field Trip Approximately 3.5 hours
Accommodates 50-75 participants-not including chaperones

$5 per child and chaperones free

A Presidio Trust staff member/volunteer will make two appointments with your group. The first will be for an in-person or virtual visit at your location for a 30-45 minute age-appropriate presentation covering the Presidio Museum and its history. The second will be for the on-site portion of the field trip. This field trip supports Common Core curriculum for Arizona 3rd and 4th graders.

For the on-site portion of your field trip your group will arrive at the Presidio and receive a brief recap of the history of the Presidio and Tucson. Then your group will be broken into smaller groups to rotate through several stations for approximately 3.5 hours. Stations may include the following (based on volunteer availability): 

  • Children’s chores of early Tucson settlers     
  • Tinsmithing activity and blacksmithing demo     
  • Games children played before screens
  • The life of a Presidio soldier
  • Calligraphy
  • How to make adobe bricks
  • Tortilla making 

Friday at the Fort is restricted to 3rd and 4th grade students. Spaces are limited and fill up quickly. 
Program Contact Jean Baxter, Education Director: tbaxter559@aol.com

Educational Program 3: Portable Presidio

Field Trip Format – At YOUR SiteTemporarily Unavailable

Approximately 1.5 Hours

Accommodates 12- 40 participants (including adults).
$5 per student (for supplies and transportation of kits). Chaperones are free.

Can’t make it to the Presidio? Then check out our Portable Presidio! This is similar to the Morning Muster program but we come to you.  You will work with an Outreach Specialist to schedule your program. You will receive materials to use to prepare your students AND volunteers for their field trip. You may also request an in-person 30-45 minute age-appropriate presentation (dependent on volunteer/staff availability) about the history of the Presidio Museum to take place prior to your visit. 

On the day of your program two Presidio Outreach Specialists will bring the required supplies for your students to rotate through 4 stations.  

Activities may include:

  • Children’s chores of early Tucson settlers  
  • Tinsmithing
  • Games children played before screens
  • Calligraphy
  • Art

Only two Presidio staff members will be on-site. Activity stations must be supported by school staff or parents. Tables, chairs, and an open air site must be supplied by school or homeschool. Presidio staff will need at least an hour to set-up and prep the parent/teacher helpers.    

Program Contact: Ginger Thompson, Community Engagement and Education Manager, gingert@TucsonPresidio.com.

Educational Program 4: Museum in a Box

Week-long box checkout for up to 30 students
FEE PER BOX: $30 a week

In this program, you can rent an activity box that will have a teacher packet, materials, and the supplies for the registered number of children (up to 30). Some kits require some items to be supplied by the school. Provided directions will help teachers/parents to run an activity with their participants. Two box themes are available. Theme 1 is conducted without Presidio Museum staff interaction, however Theme 2 requires an in-person presentation when the box is delivered. Both themes must be scheduled in advance.

Theme 1: A Day in the Life of A Presidio Child

Boxes available for rental are:

A. Children’s chores 

B. Tinsmithing

C. Toys and Games

D. Calligraphy

E. Art of Tucson

F. Archaeology

This theme is conducted without in-person Presidio Museum staff interaction.

Theme 2: Historic Hats of Arizona 

(Theme 2 requires an in-person presentation by a Presidio Museum staff member when the box is delivered)

Your group will identify the hats in the box and do further investigation on the individual who would have worn that hat.  Your group will learn about the individuals from four different time periods:

  • Early peoples  (Before 1500’s)
  • Spanish Period (1500’s – 1821)
  • Mexican Period )1821 – 1854)
  • American Period (1854-present)

And will learn about the roles of

  • Women
  • Military
  • Workers and merchants of various ethnicities
  • Religious individuals

**Theme 2 requires an in-person presentation by a Presidio Museum staff member when the box is delivered.

Program Contact: Ginger Thompson, Community Engagement and Education Manager, gingert@TucsonPresidio.com.