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Hearst Castle - Pre-Visit Video

Hearst Castle proudly stands 1600 feet above sea level on a rocky hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Simeon, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

Program Topic: Hearst Castle Architect Julia Morgan and STEM/STEAM

General Description: Hearst Castle proudly stands 1600 feet above sea level on a rocky hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Simeon, California. Discover the fascinating story of this cultural resource and of Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed woman architect, who built the castle starting in 1920 for media mogul William Randolph Hearst. Incorporating STEM/STEAM disciplines, students will examine how Hearst Castle went from concept to construction over a period of 28 years yet is still not complete! During this live and interactive 45-60 minute tour your students will explore the gardens, pools, and historic structures of Hearst Castle with a State Park tour guide. Suitable for all ages.

Program Topic: Connecting with Ancient Civilizations at Hearst Castle

General Description:Through the art collection of William Randolph Hearst students will explore the mythology, art, and architecture of the ancient civilizations. Statues such as the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet will transport students 3000 years back in history. The architecture at the Neptune Pool will provide proof that the Greeks and Romans still influence our world today. During this live and interactive 45-60 minute tour your students will explore the gardens, pools, and historic structures of Hearst Castle with a State Park tour guide. Hearst Castle preserves a collection of statues, architecture, and artifacts that symbolizes the beliefs and traditions of the Greek and Roman civilizations. Suitable for all ages and supports 6th grade curriculum content standards.

Program Topic: Art and Architecture of Hearst Castle

General Description: Newspaper publisher, William Randolph Hearst spent decades of his life acquiring a vast art collection for his hilltop estate in San Simeon, California. Students will go on a journey exploring the art and architecture of Hearst Castle which includes Roman artifacts, Mosaics, Renaissance paintings, and more, all with a dash of California History. During this live and interactive 45-60 minute tour your students will explore the gardens, pools, and the historic structures of Hearst Castle with a State Park tour guide. This program is highly adaptable to support History, Art, and Social Science curriculum. Suitable for all ages.

Academic Content Standard Subject Area: History/Social Science


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Tracy Kosinski
PORTS Interpreter
(805) 927-2189
tracy.kosinski@parks.ca.gov