Thousands of children participate in the fourth-grade Adobe Days Revisited tours, supplementing their studies of California history with a hands-on experience at a landmark site: a place they can see, touch smell and comprehend. Other education programs include our history learning adventure summer camps and the RLC teen docent program, where teens learn not only about history but also gain public speaking and team-building skills.
Restoration and Preservation
Shortly after incorporation, the foundation funded a comprehensive Master Plan with its initial partners The John & James Knight Foundation, The Spring Street Foundation and The Bixby Land Company. The idea for such a plan was proposed in a Self-Study report funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The plan provides a detailed guide for innovative ways of interpreting the 19th Century site for our 21st Century visitors. Most importantly, the plan recommends the restoration and reconstruction projects that will play an integral role in preserving the site for future generations. The Rancho Los Cerritos Master Plan won national acclaim as a “Save America’s Treasures” project in 1999; a distinguished “2001 Design Award” from the California Preservation Foundation in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation; and, in 2003 a “Merit Award” presented by Long Beach Heritage.