Elementary School Group Programs

The San Marcos Historical Society offers a variety of programs for elementary students. Tours and activities are designed to fit the grade level of the students participating. Unfortunately, during construction at Heritage park some programs may not be available. Please schedule all tours two weeks in advance. Hands on History visits must be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance.For more information please call (760) 744-9025

Historical Home Tours for Elementary Students

Come join us for a tour back in time. Docent led tours of historical homes in Heritage Park. Students get a glimpse of what life was like in San Marcos “in the olden days”. The Cox House collection contains many artifacts from the late 19th century. The Bidwell House provides a wider span of history during the first half of the 20th century. Our docents lead interactive tours using photographs, displays and narration to introduce students to some of the families that first settled in Twin Oaks Valley. By the end of the tour they will discover how they arrived in San Marcos, how they made a living, where they went to school, and what they did for fun a long time ago! Students will receive a bookmark at the end of the tour.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $1 per student

Note: Elementary students must be accompanied by their teacher and 1 additional adult per 8 students.

Hands on History

An educationally based program offered by the San Marcos Historical Society in fall and spring at Heritage Park. Students get a short lesson about the role of museums and an overview of the program presented. The primary activities include hands on activities that young people might have done if they had lived in San Marcos in the early 1900’s. Students take part in 5 activities from helping with household chores like washboard laundry, churning butter, gardening to old time crafts and a walk through the historic homes to discover the similarities and differences on display. They also learn about the lifestyle of earliest tribal communities who settled in the area thousands of years ago. There is ample space for picnic in Walnut Grove Park directly after the program.

Most Hands on History activities will take place outside. In case of cold or rainy weather, some activities may be substituted on the day of the visit.

Duration:  2.5 hours
Times:      10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Cost:        $6.00 per student
Grades:    1st – 3rd graders
Dates:       Thursday mornings in March, April, May, and mid-October through first week in December.

Note: Maximum number of students per day is 60. Schools must also provide one parent helper per 8 students.
          SMUSD students also receive water conservation presentation by Vallecitos Water District as part of Hands on History.

Traveling Trunk Show

The San Marcos Historical Society volunteers bring a presentation to your classroom.

Students create a timeline of the earliest inhabitants of San Marcos which focuses on 3 populations from tribal community to Spanish missionaries and Mexican Rancheros to the earliest European settlers.  Students discover the answer to 5 questions for each of the population groups. Where did they come from and how did they get here? What did they live in? What did they eat? What was their work? What did they do for fun? The answers are found in displays, photos and artifacts from the “traveling trunk” and through music and movement.

Duration:  2 hours, plus 30 minutes for set up.
Cost:        $60.00 per class presentation $180.00 for up to 3 classes
Grades:    1st – 3rd graders
Dates:       Scheduled at least 30 days in advance during school year.