Kindergarten - 12th Grade Group Tours

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.


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 Sunshine State Standards and teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Programs can easily be designed and formatted to meet the needs of ESE students, older students and students with other educational challenges.  

Descriptions of our programs are below. Go to Plan Your Visit  for pricing and to book a tour.

Finders Keepers Tour (Basic School Tour) 

This hour-long guided tour focuses on the Lighthouse and its maritime history. It includes a brief overview of the maritime hammock, life of a lighthouse keeper, and maritime archaeology. Students get the chance to become junior maritime archaeologists and view artifacts from shipwrecks as well as a climb to the top of the tower. This tour is included with all of the specialty tour programs (below). Print out our Pre-Visit Materials to help prepare for your class or groups tour. After your tour, check out our Post-Visit Materials to continue the concepts learned during your tour.


Maritime Archaeology Specialty Programs

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 catalogue an artifact’s condition for future conservation.

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.


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