For Teachers

School Programs

At the Presidio, we believe that "living" history is the most entertaining and most  impactful form of education for our young visitors.  The Presidio Museum is proud to offer a number of programs for school children.  These programs have all been developed to meet current Arizona education standards. Programs include teacher materials and docent presentations in the classroom.  Click here to email our Education Staff for details, reservations and scholarship availabiity. Teachers: these programs fill up fast for the school year so contact us as early as you can.

Thank you to our sponsors for partial underwriting which keeps fees low for these programs:

  • The Marshall Foundation
  • The Southwestern Foundation for Historic Preservation
  • The National Park Service
  • The Arizona Humanities Council
  • Cox Charities
  • The Community Foundation of Southern Arizona
  • Pasqua Yaqui Tribe

Morning Muster

The Morning Muster program provides an educational opportunity at the Presidio Museum for 

Groups:  8 – 30 children (small school groups, home-school groups, charter and private schools, etc.)

Grades:  K – 12

Grades K-5
 – 2 hours
Grades 6-12 – 1-2  hours (dependent on school schedules)

Cost:  $4 per student (chaperones are free, but are expected to participate)

Grades K-5 (2 hours suggested)

Students will be exposed to the history and culture of the Tucson area through an age-appropriate tour of the Presidio, followed by three to five hands-on activities.  These might include:

 **Making and drawing with cochineal dye
 **18thcentury games
 **Working with clay
 **Grinding corn
 **Washing clothes by hand

(Please note that if you want a specific activity listed above, you must request it ahead of time.)

Grades 6 – 12 (1-2 hours depending on school schedules)
This age-appropriate tour will focus on what presidio life would have been like for young adults in 18thcentury Tucson.   What opportunities did boys have to be soldiers, blacksmiths, farmers, etc.? What responsibilities and skills did a girl need to learn for early marriage?  How did the families cope with fort life, illness, and the threat of attack? As time permits, hands-on activities can be added.

For more information or to book a Morning Muster Field Trip, please contact:
Ginger Thompson, Education Coordinator

Friday at the Fort

Friday at the Fort is the Presidio Museum's flagship children's program, which has received an Historic Preservation Award from the Tucson-Pima County Historic Commission. Designed specifically to fulfill third and fourth grade Arizona state curriculum requirements, this program provides a glimpse into a child's life in Spanish Colonial Tucson through hands-on activities. Participants engage in daily activities like soldier's drill, Presidio period household chores, Presidio period games and much more.  

Time: Four hours
Number: 55 - 75 children plus teachers and chaperones
Cost: $4 per child but no school will be turned away due to price.  Contact us regarding scholarships for Title I schools.  
Accompanying adults are free but must participate and supervise their young charges. 




Historic Hats of Arizona – A Traveling Trunk Program for the Classroom

Historic Hats brings Presidio life and Arizona history alive inside the classroom.  This in-school trunk tour acquaints children with Arizona's history through its people and the specific hats they wore.  By showing each hat and discussing the role of its owner, students begin to learn about the real people who built Arizona.  After a docent-led discussion, classroom teahers are provided a folder of activities as well as loan of the trunk itself for further exploration and discovery.

Click here to email our Education Staff for details, reservations and scholarship availabiity. Teachers: these programs fill up fast for the school year so contact us as early as you can.