Explore the history, culture, and wonder of what life in the Santa Cruz Valley Area was like! Learn about the exciting Anza Expedition, be an Archaeologist, try your hand at our Historical Scavenger Hunt,  study modes of Transportation, or be your own Historian. Our programs are based off of state curriculum standards, follow STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and promote literacy, evidential reasoning, empathy, critical thinking, communication, tolerance, collaboration, and creativity. We’ll help you customize an immersive, standards-based experience. There’s so much for students to discover--whether in the classroom or at home!


The Anza Trail: Moving from Tubac to San Francisco


This activity is suggested to engage the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade scholar in learning the importance of Southwest Arizona and how history can be found throughout their studies in many subjects. It takes into account the 2018 Arizona Standards in its design.

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Transportation Throughout the Years


This activity is suggested to engage scholars in learning the importance of Southwest Arizona and how history can be found throughout their studies in many subjects. It takes into account the 2018 Arizona Standards in its design.


The images are from the Cavalcade of History Collection, painted by artist Bill Ahrendt for Arizona Highways magazine. They are owned by the Tubac Historical Society, and are on loan to, and on display at, the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.

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Every Student is Their Own Historian

Genealogy is the creation of their family history.  That History is the recording of change over time and that we can use our own family history to see how the lives of the student’s parents and grandparents was different from their lives.  By recognizing these changes, we can better understand why we are where we are today.


Historical Scavenger Hunt: Multiple Perspectives and Interpreting History


“History” can be defined as the interpretation of change over time. Historians look at documents, archaeological records, oral histories, newspapers, and any other evidence of an event to determine why it is important and how to present it. Sometimes there is a lot of evidence, and sometimes there is not much to discover.


In this exercise, the student will look at documents, make notes from those documents, and then write their version of the event. In this exercise the conflict between Edward Cross, newspaper editor and Sylvester Mowry, Territorial representative will be examined.

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Archaeology: Sister of History

Students will be exposed to archaeology and learn why it is important in the study of history.  They will use skills and processes to understand that many topics have more than one perspective.  Students will also employ critical thinking and visual learning while observing objects and be exposed to various cultures to see how innovation in technology helped foster civilization.

Tubac Presidio STEAM Activities


Our suggested STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities give your students the opportunity to learn about the vast and exciting history of the Santa Cruz and Pima County region in a fun, hands on way.


Tumacacori and Tubac - One Day, Tu Parks

Learn about Arizona history where it happened! Two historical sites only minutes apart bring state standards to life.

Includes science, art, geography, mathematics, language arts, and more.

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A Day at School in the Arizona Territory

The Old Tubac Schoolhouse living history program invites you to become a part of the past.  The program combines seven years of research and development with the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and even the tastes of a territorial period school day.  

We're sure that your class will enjoy adding the motion and style to make history live.

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Junior Ranger Journal

Join Rocky Ringtail and become a Junior Ranger at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum!

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Tubac Presidio Scavenger Hunt

Do you want to go on a Scavenger Hunt?  Enjoy the outdoors and learn about history from the past 2,000 years!


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