THE EDUCATION CENTER
The Education Center was recently remodeled to provide a multi-use gallery space. From local art exhibits, to wedding receptions, and interactive showcases to honor the immigrants who built Salinas, The Education Center is a community gathering center.
We are open for drop in visitors the first Friday and Saturday of each month.
Over 1000 students visit us each year to learn about life in the 1870s (third grade) and about the westward movement (5th grade).
In addition to school groups, we serve Boy and Girl Scouts, after school programs, and homeschool students. Third graders tour the House, handle tools, pump water, use a washboard to launder socks, make butter and touch and smell medicinal herbs. Fifth graders experience life on a wagon train as they participate in a simulation game that teaches math, creative thinking and problem solving.
CSU-Monterey Bay service learners join local retired community members to form a strong docent pool.
Many Salinas teachers come from outside the area, so we offer training to provide the background information they need to teach local history and the westward movement. Lesson ideas, resources, print and digital materials are provided to make instruction fun and easy to implement.