Pio Pico
State Historic Park

Explore - Pio Pico State Historic Park

On the grounds of Pio Pico State Historic Park stands the over 170-year-old adobe, home of the last governor of Mexican California. Don Pio Pico was one of the wealthiest and most influential men in the Wild West territory. Owning large amounts of land from San Diego to the San Fernando Valley, Don Pio Pico acquired his wealth through Cattle ranching. Students learn the history of Pio Pico, what life was like in the 1800s at the ‘Rancho’ and how he made his money and eventually lost it. Additionally, learning how the California Gold Rush and the American Civil War affected life for Pio Pico and his Ranchos.

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Teacher Resources

Explore Pio Pico on Padlet!

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Reimagining the field trip the new passPORTS Project

Through a new partnership with CUE and Parks California, California State Parks is reimagining how K-12 students connect with our parks. passPORTS uses a combination of digital instructional materials embedded with quality teaching practices to empower teachers and students to play, learn, serve, and share in California State Parks! We welcome you to explore our premade teacher resources including the California State Parks Reading List, our NGSS Phenomenon Bank, and much more!

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