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.
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.
have the opportunity to work closely with our horticulturist
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
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!
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.
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
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
Marcia Harris, School Docent
Visitor Center Receptionist
Wednesday through Sunday: 1 -
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:
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
service to the Rancho Los Cerritos Historical Site. The Rancho's
educational and community programming would not be possible
the help and support of our dedicated volunteers.
Please also check
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!
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:
DISCOVER - INSPIRE - VOLUNTEER
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.