Rancho Los Cerritos Host Two Docent Training Classes

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rancho-los-cerritos-garden-Rancho Los Cerritos announces two distinct docent training classes set to begin in March, each incorporating information about Rancho Los Cerritos’ rich history. The first class trains volunteers to educate visitors about the Rancho’s historic gardens; the 4-week course is held every Friday, beginning March 1 through March 22, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The second class teaches volunteers to give guided tours through the 19th century adobe home and includes information on architecture, antiques, California history, lifestyles, tour techniques and more. The 10-week class is held every Wednesday, beginning March 6 through May 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Once training is complete, a checkout tour is conducted to prepare all newly trained docents to give exciting public tours to the community!

rancho-los-cerritos-house-dDocents play a huge role at the Rancho. House docents provide the community with enriching information about California history as they trace its beginnings from Native American times to the modern urban society we live in today. Garden docents share the stories of the gardens’ development and highlight key plants and garden features. All docents make new friends with like-minded individuals and participate in on-going educational programs to broaden their knowledge.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Rancho Los Cerritos. In addition to assisting the Rancho with tours of the adobe house and gardens, they staff the visitor center, work in the museum shop, help with special events, conduct research, garden, and so much more. To enroll in one of the upcoming docent training classes or to learn more about other volunteer opportunities, please contact our volunteer coordinator at (562) 570-1755.

Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern urban society it is today. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. It is owned by the City of Long Beach and operated through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. For more information please call (562) 570-1755, or visit the website at www.rancholoscerritos.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.con/rancholosc.

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