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California History & Art Program

The California History and Art Program at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park . The California History and Art Program at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park ignites student imagination as they learn California history. This half-day field trip provides a window into the past with hands-on lessons that reveal the experiences of the people who lived on this land: Luiseño Indians, homesteader of European descent, and a Hollywood star recreating a Spanish Rancho. A creative art project hosted by the division of Cultural Arts reinforces the experiences and introduces art appreciation to the students.

This award-winning program is offered free of charge to fourth grade classes located within the City of Carlsbad. Schools outside of Carlsbad may be able to attend for a fee. The program is provided on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to Carlsbad schools, and is offered on specific dates (below). The program runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and includes the following activities:

  1. Pre-visit information and videos for classroom teachers.
  2. Exciting field trip and guided tour of the historic rancho including hands-on experiences, including the popular corn grinding, tortilla making and – of course – eating! The tour is being expanded this year to include the newly restored Stable.
  3. Hands-on art project inspired by the beautiful grounds of the Leo Carrillo Historic Park.

Program Information

All reservations can be made at www.carlsbadconnect.org (select Teacher Portal tab then select The California History & Art Program) available beginning Sept. 9, 2019 at 8 a.m.

The program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis on the following dates in 2019-2020:

October: 2, 3, 8, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
November: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
December: 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18
January: 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
February: 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
March: 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31

Important Details

  • We will begin accepting reservations from Carlsbad schools beginning, Monday, Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. This program is offered free of charge to schools within Carlsbad.
  • Reservations will become available to neighboring schools on Tuesday, Sept. 17 for a fee.
  • Schedule your field trip early and have an alternate date(s) in mind in the event your first choice is not available.
  • A maximum of 50 classrooms will be accepted, only one class (up to 40 students) per day.
  • Each classroom is responsible for providing transportation to and from Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park; however, limited busing grants may be available to Title I schools.
  • Due to the tour being outdoors, the Leo Carrillo Staff will contact you if we need to cancel for rain. If you have any concerns, please call Lisa Scott Jones at 760-476-1678.


Contact Lisa Scott Jones, Leo Carrillo Ranch at 760-476-1678 or lisa.scottjones@carlsbadca.gov

The California History and Art program at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park is a partnership of the City of Carlsbad’s Parks & Recreation Department, Library & Cultural Arts Department and the Friends of Carrillo Ranch, Inc.