Early California Days
Third grade teachers are encouraged to apply for their students to participate in these two days of living history, held in honor of the founding of the Presidio (April 21, 1782). Students enjoy numerous demonstrations and hands-on activities including ceramics, adobe brick making, spinning, gardening, and archaeology. To apply for the chance for your students to be a part of our Early California Days, third grade teachers must fill out the Online Lottery Application Form.
For more information, please contact Danny Tsai, Director of Programs, by email or calling (805) 961-5374.
School buses pull up the Presidio for Early California Days. Photo by Christa Clark Jones.
Early California Days. Photo by Fritz Olenberger.
Alan Salazar explaining Chumash culture to visitors. Photo by Fritz Olenberger.
Armando de la Roche teaching children about working with clay. Photo by Fritz Olenberg.
Making adobe bricks. Photo by Christa Clark Jones.
Excavating a trench with archaeologists. Photo by Michael H. Imwalle.
Learning about grapes in the Presidio heritage garden. Photo by Michael H. Imwalle.
Plants and gardens in early California station. Photo by Michael Imwalle.
Blacksmith Moises Solis making nails. Photo by Michael H. Imwalle.
Kathy Chalfant demonstrating in the Presidio's cocina. Photo by SBTHP.
State Park Interpreter Ann Boggess and staff member Noah Tucker. Photo by SBTHP.
Marching with the soldados. Photo by Christa Clark Jones.