Nation's Oldest Portsm Kindergarten - 12th Grade Group Tours & Programs

All programs and tours focus on a broad range of maritime topics as they relate to Florida, the country, and the world. Program content is tied to the Common Core and teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) education. Programs can easily be designed and formatted to meet the needs of older students, ESE students and students with other educational challenges.  We have the Keepers and Climbers program that lets you explore our new interactive lighthouse keeping exhibition, in-depth science and history programs based on maritime (shipwreck) archaeology, and a night time student tour! Follow the links for more information on each program.

Important: Children who are less than 44 inches cannot climb the lighthouse tower. No children may be carried up or down the lighthouse stairs. There is no charge for children under 44 inches. Every child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult when they climb the tower. An adult may chaperone up to six (6) children at a time.

Keepers & Climbers (Self Guided) 
Length: Approximately 1 hour
Cost*: Student - $6.00;  Adult - $8.75;  Teachers and bus drivers - Free. 
Times available for tours: Any time between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. any day the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum is open. Please call for availability.

*Advance reservation is required to receive the student group rate and reserve your time and day.

This school group option is the only way for students (teachers and chaperones too!) to explore our AT HOME WITH THE HARNS experience. Students won't just learn about history, they will be history! Then head keeper William Harn, his wife Kate, their daughter Ida and Second Assistant Keeper Jerome Lopez will take you through the head keeper's home and share stories about life at the St. Augustine Light Station during the Harn family's time in the home (1876-1889). Continue the Lighthouse story with LEGENDS OF THE LIGHT, which has stops throughout the site and while climbing the Lighthouse but is housed primarily in the new Maritime Archaeology & Education Center. Continue LEGENDS OF THE LIGHT with these Post-Visit activities. Students can also discover how a modern-day archaeologist learns about this time period from artifacts and objects in the exhibit. Also in the keepers' house is the WRECKED exhibition, which submerges students in a Revolutionary War period shipwreck discovered off the cost of St. Augustine and Star Waters, a junior maritime archaeologist, navigates this discovery with you! Additionally, students can view wooden boat works, historic interpretive walking trails, and of course climb the 219 steps of the lighthouse tower! Print out our Pre-visit Packet with information about the rules/regulation and specifics of your visit. The group also receives a visit packet on arrival. We also have Post-Visit Materials to continue the experience after your visit! 


Maritime Archaeology Programs (Guided Activity) 
Length: 2 - 2.5 hours; Includes the Keepers and Climbers program. 
Cost*Student - $11.00;  Adult - $8.75;  Teachers and Bus Drivers - Free
Times available for tours:  9:30    11:00    12:30     2:00    3:30.  Please call for availability.

*Advance reservation is required to book a program and receive student group tour rate.

Shipwreck CSI: In this program, students inspect a mock shipwreck they must identify using clues from pri-mary source material and the wreck itself. Archaeologists follow similar methods when ex-amining a newly discovered shipwreck. This activity involves students practicing problem solving skills and employing their mathematical abilities while piecing clues together about the ship’s identity. TEACHERS: Check out our Shipwreck CSI lesson plans for K - 2nd grade and 3rd - 5th grade to supplement your visit.

The Search for Shipwrecks: This lesson plan will give students an opportunity to do some of the basic primary source analysis, problem solving, and mathematics archaeologists use to find shipwrecks. They will read primary documents looking for clues about a shipwreck’s location and then learn how remote sensing techniques help archaeologists search for evidence.
The Science of Conservation: Students will learn about the special care archaeologists must give to shipwreck artifacts. Different materials react in different ways in the ocean’s salt water and chemical reactions take place changing the artifacts and threatening their continued existence. Demonstrations will show how corrosion affects metals and how archaeologists catalog an artifact’s condition for future conservation.


This combination tour provides school groups with an exploration of the science of light and stories about paranormal activities at the St. Augustine Light Station. Students will learn how lighthouse lenses can manipulate light so sailors can see them from great distances. Following this scientific discovery program, students will take a walking tour through a darkened keepers’ house detailing the ghostly experiences here on site and the historical background behind these events. The tour will conclude with a climb up 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse to view the impressive first order Fresnel Lens and the light it sends 20 miles out to sea.

Inquire for pricing and availability. Suitable for 4th grade and up.

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