In re-opening during the COVID-19 global pandemic, Rancho Los Cerritos recognizes that we are living through an historical moment in time. As a member of the Rancho family, we want to share with you how the Rancho has responded to the crisis and to let you know how you can help so that we can continue to offer our free, fully-accessible historic gardens and natural spaces and our new virtual programming for our community during this difficult time.
- The Rancho is a welcoming natural environment that preserves living exhibits with plant life, offers a natural habitat for rare species and migrating wildlife, and is open for our community members to visit. Since reopening, 70% of visitors feel inspired by history and 80% of visitors report a mental health improvement after visiting our beautiful outdoor historic gardens.
- The Rancho responded quickly during the crisis and created an online version of our award-winning afterschool program, Long Ago Long Beach. In a series of educational YouTube videos, Rancho instructors walk children through workbooks and guided activities that enrich their understanding of our city’s history and their own.
Your gift will allow the Rancho to offer our beautiful historic gardens as a place of respite and rejuvenation for both our visitors and the wildlife who call our National, State, and Local Historic Landmark home.
Alison Bruesehoff, Executive Director & Susan Anderson Wise, Board Chair
Become a member, and help sustain living history at Rancho Los Cerritos. When you join as an RLC member, you become part of our history and ensure the preservation of this National, State, and Local Historic Landmark. You enable Rancho Los Cerritos to grow our innovative immersive learning experiences, special exhibitions, access to our research library, and collections care. And you help to connect our 26,000 annual visitors to the past for generations to come.
Rancho Los Cerritos is not only a National, State and Local Historic Landmark, but also a living and breathing testament to our heritage. A place where the young and the young at heart can connect with our shared past, and, through its unique offerings, make sense of issues facing us today.
Southern California has a rich and vibrant history. From the Tongva, who were the area’s earliest known inhabitants, to the Spanish explorers, Gold Rush miners and the migrants fleeing hardship during the Great Depression, Southern California has seen its share of booms and busts, floods and droughts, missionaries and migrants. And through it all, Rancho Los Cerritos has stood witness to our shared history.
Support the Rancho While you Shop
When you link your Ralphs Rewards card to Rancho Los Cerritos a portion of your Ralphs bill gets donated to us automatically every time you shop, at no extra cost to you. Find out more here.
Long Beach Gives is an online fundraiser that inspires individuals to come together and support the exemplary work of the local, participating nonprofits and create positive change for Long Beach. The Rancho has been honored to have been chosen to participate in 2019 and 2020.