Programs and tours for Angel Island State Park are supported by Park staff. Please contact the below Coordinators for information not found through this page.
Living History Program:
Angel Island State Park LHP Coordinator, (415) 435-3161 or email.
Angel Island State Park Tour Coordinator, (415) 435-5537 or email.
Angel Island State Park Service Camp Coordinator, (415) 435-5390 or email.
Learning opportunities extend far beyond the classroom. But schools are finding it more and more difficult to bring students to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations. Our field trip grants help give children these unique, firsthand learning experiences.
Angel Island Conservancy seeks to engage, educate, and inspire the next generation of youth through its Student Service-Learning Scholarship Program which enables disadvantaged youth from qualifying low-income Title I schools to visit Angel Island State Park for educational and recreational purposes as well as to participate in volunteer service opportunities in which they help to restore and maintain this unique environment.
The desired outcome of this program is to develop an awareness, appreciation, and a connection to nature and history, to provide a hands-on experience contributing to restoring and maintaining, and hopefully sparking a desire to continue caring for, one of the Bay Area’s most treasured resources.
To date, because of generous donations from individuals and Corporate grants, AIC has awarded “scholarships” to over 2,000 students and their 360 chaperones.
Teacher’s submitting an application – “scholarship” funds are currently available.
Each year Angel Island State Park offers an overnight Living History Program (LHP) for fourth and fifth grade classes.
The program takes place at Camp Reynolds, which was built by the U.S. Army in 1863 to help defend San Francisco Bay from Confederate raiders.
The LHP program offers a personal experience of living in the past and has a profound effect on the student’s interest in history. Classes leave Angel Island with a greater understanding and connection to history…
Volunteer groups play an increasingly important role in enhancing, maintaining and restoring our California State Parks. The Angel Island State Park Service Camp program offers a one-of-a-kind experience caring for the Island’s environment while preserving its history. This experience has a profound effect on groups interested in conservation and connections to the past.
Available for groups performing service projects on the island – the Service Campsite can only be reserved through the Angel Island State Park Service Camp Coordinator. The Service Campsite is very popular, advance reservations are recommended. To be considered for participation, please contact the Service Camp Coordinator for the required forms.
Angel Island State Park also offers the following tours when staff and volunteers are available. Please contact the Angel Island State Park Tour Coordinator via email or call (415) 435-5537 for additional information.
Camp Reynolds – Take a guided tour of Camp Reynolds (aka West Garrison), see some of the oldest buildings on Angel Island and learn about the life of a soldier during the late 1800s! Tour includes the Civil War era Bake House and Quarters 10, a Victorian era Officer’s home (with an optional cannon firing!). Tour capacity is 5-40 people, length is about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Appropriate for 4th grade and up. It is about a 40 minute walk one way (2 miles) to this site from Ayala Cove.
Ft. McDowell (aka East Garrison) – Tour the Ft. McDowell Chapel and Guard House (aka Visitor Center) of this WWI and WWII Army base, and learn about the varied military history of Angel Island. Tour capacity is 5-40 people. Tour length is about 1 hour. Appropriate for 4th grade and up. It is about a 45-50 minute walk one way (2 ½ miles) to this site from Ayala Cove.
Hike – Take a guided hike to Mt. Livermore, the top of Angel Island, or explore the trails. Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Island and the Bay Area. Tour capacity, length, and appropriateness depend on the trail and the ability of the group and hike leader. If you have a specific area of interest, please note at the time you make your reservation.
Bike – Visit a historical site, or all the way around the Park with a guide! Learn about the natural and cultural history of the island and the Bay Area. Tour capacity, length, and appropriateness depend on the route and the ability of the group and bike leader. If you have a specific area of interest, please note at the time you make your reservation.
U.S. Immigration Station – Today the U.S. Immigration Station serves as a house museum dedicated to interpreting and making connections between the experiences of those who made the journey to America over 100 years ago and the continuing story of immigration in America today.
In operation from 1910-1940, the Station served as the main immigration processing center for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from all over the world looking to start a new life in America. Tour the bunk rooms and living spaces, see the carvings and inscriptions left behind capturing the emotions, names, and experiences of those who journeyed to America to start a new life. Explore informational kiosks, exhibits, and view a filming of Carved in Silence. Visit the U.S. Immigration Station tour page for details.
Explorer’s Tour – Learn how Angel Island got its name, and about the first Spanish explorers to enter the San Francisco Bay. Each student will get to draw their own map of the island. Tour capacity is 5-40 people. Tour length is about 45 minutes. Appropriate for K-4th graders. This tour is offered in Ayala Cove.
School groups (K-12) may be eligible for a reduced rate for ferry tickets and guided tours. Please contact the Angel Island State Park Tour Coordinator via email or call (415) 435-5537 for additional information.