San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

Student Programs

Summer Programs

“Habitats & History” Summer Camp

Experience a week full of history, fun, and the great outdoors. Our week-long summer program combines all aspects of the site. Find out dates and more information.  

Educational Programs

Many fun, educational opportunities are available to students. We hope that you will allow your students to take a whole day to step back in time and experience life on the Battleship Texas and experience history as it was in the days of Sam Houston and Santa Anna.

Educators need to schedule field trips in advance by calling (281) 479-2431. Tour scheduling may be made up to a year in advance. It will take two calls to schedule your trip: (1) tour the Battleship and (2) visit to the Museum, the Observation Floor of the Monument, attend the multimedia presentation "Texas Forever." No reservations are necessary to visit the Battleground.

The Field Trip Guidelines for the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship Texas provide teachers with hints and rules for your fun, interactive day at the Battleship Texas State Historic Site.

Battleship Texas: Tours

  • Battleship Texas Interpretive Program (one hour) - Students will have the opportunity to explore her decks and maneuver her guns while learning about life on board a real battleship. In order to secure discounted pricing for this self-guided tour, you must make reservations in advance.
  • "History and Heroes" Guided Tour (1.5 hours) - Take an in-depth look at the history and daily life aboard the Battleship Texas with a certified park interpreter. Space is limited for this guided tour.

Battleship Texas: Deck Activities

Supplement your visit to the Battleship Texas with one or more of these "hands-on" activities. Class size is limited.

  • Battleship!!! (Grades 3-12) - Students will learn how battleships fought in this modified version of the classic game.
  • Morse Code (Grades 5-12) - Students will learn to send and decode messages using Morse Code.
  • Holystoning (Grades K-12) - Students get down and dirty and experience actually scrubbing the deck!
  • Semaphore (Grades 5-12) - Send a message using one of the most familiar naval techniques.

Outreach Programs

  • Battleship Texas 20mm Gun Trailer - Bring the Battleship Texas right to your classroom! This one-hour program includes a brief history of the ship, along with artifacts and shells. Once the presentation is done, it's time to man your battle stations. Students will be allowed to strap into a 20mm anti-aircraft gun from the Battleship Texas. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance.
  • The Battle of San Jacinto - Ever wonder what it was like to march with Sam Houston across the prairie at San Jacinto? This hour-long program tells the story of the Battle of San Jacinto from both sides of the fight. Students will also examine the weapons and uniforms of the day. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

San Jacinto Battleground

  • Battleground Tour - Take a trip back to April 21, 1836, as Sam Houston led his Texan volunteers into a battle that would change the course of Texas and the United States. Students will learn about the events that led these two armies to the banks of Buffalo Bayou. Students will then be led on a tour of the battlefield, starting from the Texan Camp and following their charge toward the Mexican camp and Santa Anna’s tent.

San Jacinto Marsh

  • 2nd–5th Grade: "A Day in the Marsh" - This activity introduces the students to the marsh ecosystem. Students will learn about what types of plants and animals live in the marsh and participate in a "Critter Catch." They will then take a short nature walk and observe some of the different types of birds and other animals that inhabit this ecosystem.
  • 6th–8th Grade: "Ecosystems at San Jacinto" - Students will learn about the three ecosystems present at San Jacinto State Historic Site. They will participate in a short “Critter Catch” before heading off on a nature walk to examine the bottomland forest and see how we are restoring the area.
  • 9th–12th Grade: "A Healthy Marsh" - Students will conduct a series of tests to determine the overall health of the marsh ecosystem. They will then participate in a short "Critter Catch" before grabbing a pair of binoculars for some birding along our nature trail.

Pricing

Pricing (per person, student and adult)
Self-Guided Interpretive Program $3.00
"History and Heroes" Guided Tour $4.00
Deck Activities $1.00 (w/admission to ship)
Hike and Marsh Activities $1.00
Outreach Pricing (session length of one or more class periods)
Outreach Program (pricing per session) $150.00 + mileage

Make your reservations today!

Reservations
Timothy Reeves Barbara Graf
Tim.Reeves@tpwd.state.tx.us Barbara.Graf@tpwd.state.tx.us
(281) 479-02431, ext. 232 (281) 479-2431, ext. 234

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