The La Pilita Museum in Tucson, Arizona, began out of the need to pass local history and traditions on to children.

To further this effort, the museum and its partner school, formed a student docent corps.

Children from public school spend four hours a week after school learning the history of the site, maintaining the grounds, and giving tours. The program claims that the greatest benefit of involving children in a program with such high expectations is that children begin to take ownership of the past.

And while the program requires a sizeable amount of museum staff time and resources, the staff and board maintain a strong commitment to the program founded on the belief that children can learn and articulate important information that can help a community better understand itself in terms of past, present, and future.