Education is an important aspect of any museum. History is the interpretation of change over time. Each generation sets its own priorities and looks at history from that vantage point. However, this does not change what happened before. The past can tell us how we got to our present, and perhaps even give us a look at the future. Our whole site tells the story of the Santa Cruz River Valley and what happened in this area. All our exhibits can bring this past to light for students of all ages. We encourage educators to use these displays to help bring these stories of the past into their student’s present.


“A Day at School in the Arizona Territory”

The Old Tubac Schoolhouse living history program invites you to become 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 are sure your class will enjoy adding the motion and style to make history live.

The 1885 Schoolhouse Program is designed for grades 3 through 5 and offers the opportunity for children to experience what a day of school would have been like over 100 years ago. The program can immerse the class in the experience from the clothes they wear, the chalkboards they use, the homemade lunch pails, to the rules on the chalkboard they must follow. The authentic desks, complete with inkwells and the wood-burning stove for heat make this an experience the children and teachers won’t soon forget!



The schoolhouse can accommodate 25 children at a time. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the park at 520-398-2252 or download a Registration Form and either faxing it to us at: 520-398-2685, or emailing it to


Many schools use the program “A Day at School in Territorial Arizona” to guide and organize their visits. The booklet can be viewed here “1885 Schoolhouse Program“.
The schoolhouse guidelines can be found here.


Home school and scout groups of approximately fifteen students will find the various programs designed for a hand’s-on learning experience will facilitate learning. Classes are one and one/half hour long. They are designed for students in the fourth through twelfth grades. The cost of the class includes access to the rest of the museum and the picnic grounds. Class day and time can be arranged with the instructor.

Three options will be available starting in the summer of 2017.

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Tubac Presidio State Park
1 Burruel Street, Box 1296
Tubac, AZ 85646-1296