School Field Trips
Tours for school groups can be arranged by calling (831) 625-4419 and leaving a message, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A volunteer will get back to you to confirm a date and time. Requests should be made as far in advance as possible. All tours are dependent on having volunteer docents available.
California school groups do not pay a fee, but a California Department of Parks and Recreation form must be completed and signed by the school's principal. The tour is considered suitable for fourth grade and older.
Buses can be accommodated only in the parking lot at the base of the rock. This is a walking tour. Pt. Sur has its own weather which is unpredictable and can change quickly. Layered sweaters and jackets work well.
No picnics or snacks are allowed on the tour because of trash and rodent problems. (Picnics can be arranged in advance at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, 7 miles south. For more information, go to https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=29842) Children may take water. Hot drinks (cocoa, cider, coffee and tea) and water are available in the visitors' center near the end of the tour. Chemical toilets are located in the parking lot and near the visitors' center (2 hours into the tour). Teachers should plan accordingly. (Our experience is that too much water makes for very uncomfortable students before they get to the single second toilet at the top.) Souvenirs are also sold in the visitors' center so children should bring some pocket money.
Teacher packets are available, written by teachers who are also Pt. Sur docents. The activities are written to the 4th or 5th grade level, but designed to be modified up or down.
The packets include activities in:
Docents may be available to visit the classroom for pre-visit activities with lighthouse artifacts.