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Our Communities, Our Stories

Our Communities, Our Stories is SBTHP’s new immersive field trip experience for elementary school students (grades 3-5) that explores the daily life of the diverse communities that lived in the Presidio Neighborhood over time through hands-on, student-centered and community-focused activities. It will provide an opportunity for the students to learn more about themselves and their classmates through a historical lens. 


Our mission with Our Communities, Our Stories is to contextualize and to help your students critically think about/answer these five questions from the California History–Social Science Framework: 


  • Who were the first people in my community? 

  • Why did people move to my community? 

  • How has my community changed over time? 

  • What issues are important to my community? 

  • How can I help my community? 


Hopefully, through their Our Communities, Our Stories field trip experience, students will leave with a deeper understanding of our culturally-diverse Santa Barbara community and its history over time, and a foundational experience that will encourage them to learn/explore more so that one day they can become informed, active adult community members. 


We are providing 5 dates to select from: 


  • Thursday, March 14, 2024 

  • Thursday, March 21, 2024

  • Friday, April 5, 2024 

  • Thursday, April 11, 2024

  • Friday, April 12, 2024 


The times every day to select from will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Please expect that multiple schools will most likely be participating at the same time as you. 

Please fill out the form below to reserve your date and time for Our Communities, Our Stories. The deadline to reserve your time and date is January 31st, 2024. 

If you would like to schedule a field trip consisting of a site tour and an interactive activity just for your school only, please fill out the form below. You are welcome to participate in Our Communities, Our Stories as well as a solo class field trip that includes a tour. 

If you have any questions, please email Sarah Fenenga, Director of Programs, or call (805) 961-5374.

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