NEW Nation’s Oldest Port® Programs! Including Guided Educational Programs for Students K-12! Scroll for more information.

Education at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum offers Guided and Self-guided Educational Student Tours that share the maritime history and stories of the region. Nation’s Oldest Port® School Group and Day Camp programs introduce K-12 students to the science of light, archaeology of shipwrecks, 500 years of Florida maritime heritage, and the important role of the lighthouse and coastal defense. We also have programs for scouts and other groups. Learn more about our educational offerings below. Also see the schedule of Daily Demos included with General Admission that are fun, interactive, and provide educational opportunities for our visitors!

For those with special needs or considerations for any program, please contact the Education & Programs manager at 904-829-0745 x223.

Virtual Programs

Launched by the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum in 2020, the virtual Behind the Scenes series offers insight into maritime archaeology and conservation from our Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) staff, where viewers can experience a detailed view of Museum work from experts.

The Museum also offers monthly virtual events for members. Become a Museum Member today to receive access to these events and the latest Museum updates. If you enjoy our virtual programs, please consider giving a donation to continue to #LoveYourLighthouse. We look forward to your virtual visit!

Explore and Learn: Guided and Self-Guided Tours
School and Home School Tours
Grades K-12

Nation’s Oldest Port® Programs for school groups include both Self-guided and staff-led Guided options to meet your group’s educational goals during your visit. Programs support Core Curriculum academic standards and incorporate science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) subjects with the humanities. See below for more information on our school group options. Please contact the Education Department at 904-829-0745 x223 for home school group options.

Length: Approximately 1 hour and students/chaperones may stay as long as they like after the Guided tour.

Cost*:

  • $12.50 per student (age 12 and above)
  • $11.00 for students (under age 12)
  • $12.50 per Chaperone/Parent over 3 people
Times available for Guided tours: Daily between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please call for availability.
*Advance reservation is required to book a Guided tour and receive a student group tour rate.
NOTE: Free admission for bus driver or tour company guide
Length: At your leisure
Cost*:
  • $9.50 per student over age 12
  • $8.00 per student under age 12
  • $12.50 per Chaperone/Parent over 3 people
Times available for tours:  9:30 AM 11:00 AM 12:30 PM 2:00 PM 3:30 PM.  Please call for availability.
*Advance reservation is required to receive the student group rate and reserve your time and day.
 
NOTE: Free admission for bus driver or tour company guide

Day Camps

Nation’s Oldest Port® Day Camps at the Museum provide educational fun when school is out, and offer opportunities for high school students to learn job and life skills while giving back to their community. All camps include a T-shirt, water bottle, and backpack. Check out upcoming camps here.

Contact Volunteer and Event Manager, Amanda Dixon, at 904-829-0745 extension 213 or by email at adixon@staugustinelighthouse.org to learn how to become a junior volunteer camp counselor (ages 14-17) and earn community service hours for your Bright Futures scholarship application.

If you would like to support our camp scholarship programs, please contact the Development Director at 904-829-0745 extension 219 or by email at trhodes@staugustinelighthouse.org.

Scout and Other Groups

Troop members explore the museum and grounds on a 90-minute self-guided program for Daisies & Brownies/Cub Scout & Weblos and Juniors & Boy Scouts and earn a merit badge (available from the Museum Gift Shop).

We offer this guided tour for groups of adults and seniors upon request. The 1.5-hour tour focuses on aspects of maritime history as it relates to the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Seniors may also participate in a tour through Elderhostel, a nonprofit organization committed to being the preeminent provider of high quality, affordable, educational opportunities for older adults. Additionally, we can give presentations and talks on lighthouses and archaeology at your location. Call 904-829-0745 to book your program or tour.

Experience a personal, hour-long visit with St. Augustine’s Head Lighthouse Keeper, or Assistant Keeper, as you stroll around the Light Station and climb a working lighthouse. Bring all of your questions and imagination. Learn what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper of the past and today. Availability dependent on Keepers’ schedules and advance notice. Additional fees apply. Please contact the Museum for availability and to schedule at 904-829-0745.

Museum Education has outreach programs for all ages, bringing our history- and science-based programs to your classroom! Call 904-829-0745 x223 for more information and to book your group. Charges may apply.