House Docent Training

Wednesdays, Feb 4 - Mar 25, 3:30 to 7 p.m.


People from all over the world visit the Rancho, and our volunteer docents guide them through the old adobe house, and share stories about the people who lived there, their lives, and the historic objects they used. In the training class, new house docents will learn the history of the site and develop techniques for sharing that history with visitors. To enroll, please call 562-206-2040.

Garden Docent Training

Fridays, Feb 20 - Mar 20, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Discover the historic gardens at Rancho Los Cerritos and become a volunteer garden docent.  This is a perfect opportunity for garden lovers who want to share their joy of plants with visitors from near and far!  The serene 4.7 acres of landscaped grounds include trees from the mid-19th century, historic roses, exotic vegetation, an herb garden, an adobe horno and an old water tower. Learn about the early development of the gardens, their renovation in the 1930s by landscape architect Ralph Cornell, and new garden restoration work as you explore hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers in docent training. 


You will have the opportunity to work closely with our horticulturist

as she takes you on an enlightening, educational experience during the training sessions.  Upon completion of the course, you will be equipped with the knowledge to give garden tours on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, and to teach visitors about the rich history of the Rancho grounds.


Rancho Los Cerritos Teen Volunteer Program

Upcoming This Fall


An exciting service learning opportunity for high school students!  RLC Teen Volunteers help make Long Beach's past come alive by organizing events, supplementing house tours, and archiving history! 

At our Teen Volunteer Information Meeting, motivated high school students will find out about the variety of service learning opportunities for high school students who want to improve their communication skills, enhance their knowledge of local history, and be introduced to exciting career options in museum education and public history.

Call today to reserve your space for either Thursday, September 25.  The meeting is scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m.  Please direct your RSVP to Jan Shafer at 562-206-2042 or

School Docent Training


8-week training - Schedule TBA

To enroll or for more information, call 562-206-2042.

Make an impact on children by becoming a school docent at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site.   Adobe Days Revisited tours for 4th grade students are offered Wednesday and Thursday mornings, October - June, 9:30 a.m. - Noon. 







"I've learned more about California history and portraying living history programs, and I have many different people and

had some wonderful experiences.” 

- Marcia Harris, School Docent


Visitor Center Receptionist



Wednesday through Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.


We provide flexibility and work around your schedule.


Please download and complete a volunteer application[PDF] [MSWord] and drop it off at the Rancho's visitor center. You can also email your application to the volunteer coordinator, Jan Shafer, at: or mail-in your application to:


4600 Virginia Road

Long Beach, CA 90807


Visitor center receptionists plays one of the most prominent roles at the Rancho, because their tasks include greeting visitors and providing them with a general orientation to the site; training will be provided on a continual basis.




Rancho Los Cerritos welcomes your interest!

Every year, volunteers contribute over thousands hours of community service to the Rancho Los Cerritos Historical Site. The Rancho's educational and community programming would not be possible without the help and support of our dedicated volunteers.

We thank you!


Volunteer Application




Docent Training Programs

Please also check our calendar section for upcoming training dates and activities. The house docent trainings are held in Winter, the garden docents trainings are held in Spring, and the school & teen docent trainings are held in Fall; call us to reserve your spot! 562-206-2040.

Teen Volunteers
We are always looking for enthusiastic and reliable teens. Teens can earn service learning credits while helping with our summer camps; assisting with behind-the-scenes museum needs; and/or joining the Rancho Los Cerritos Teen Docent Program in the Fall. Please contact the Education Office at 562-206-2040 to learn more.

Committee Volunteers
Become an active member of our Curatorial, Gift shop, Garden Crafts, or Hispanic History committees.  Come to a meeting to find out more!

Special Event Volunteers
Rancho Los Cerritos hosts many events throughout the year, which mean that volunteers are always needed. Adults and teens make the best candidates to assist with crafts, refreshments, and parking at our festivals and holiday programs. Please call 562-206-2040 for details!






Volunteer Opportunities Open House:



Wednesday, January 21 - 4-5:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to 562-206-2042


The Rancho is seeking new volunteers for a variety of its program opportunities. Find out how you can become a tour docent, help with the historic gardens, work on the historical collections, conduct research, or assist with the museum gift shop.  You will also learn about the Rancho’s educational programs and events, including our award-winning fourth grade school program Adobe Days Revisited, and our seasonal events, Christmas Candlelight Tours, Summer Concert Series and Mud Mania. 


Those who want to become school docents can sign up for our school docent training course. More information about this and other volunteer opportunities will be provided at the Volunteer Information Meeting.       

This is a great way to make new friends, see how a museum operates “behind-the-scenes,” learn about local history and antiques, and give back to your community in a meaningful way.


Please RSVP to 562-206-2042.




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