Rancho Los Cerritos Seeks Docents to Share Local History

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Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is seeking volunteers to help sustain, preserve and share the precious historic and cultural landmark. The property, home to a 171 year old two story Monterey-style adobe, is maintained by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation, a not-for-profit entity that relies significantly upon volunteers to connect the site with the community, and with visitors from around the world. 

Rancho Los Cerritos is especially interested in finding enthusiastic volunteers to join our team of Garden Docents. “We share the history and the stories of the plants in our gardens,” explained staff horticulturist Marie Barnidge-McIntyre, “so that visitors develop a deeper understanding of the site, and the people who lived here.”

The Rancho is also seeking motivated volunteers to train as House Docents, who provide guided tours of the old adobe and teach visitors about its antique furnishings. “Rancho Los Cerritos delights visitors from far and near because of the dedication of our volunteer docents, who share the site’s history in fun and informative ways,” adds the site’s education director, Meighan Maguire.

On Wednesday, January 21, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., the Rancho is hosting a Volunteer Open House to introduce community members to the many available volunteer opportunities. With free training, volunteers can serve as tour docents, work with the staff horticulturist in the gardens, help the historic curator to categorize and preserve antiques, assist with the museum shop, or help at monthly programs like Creation Station and seasonal events like our Summer Concert Series, Mud Mania, and Old Time Christmas Festival.

House Docent training begins on Wednesday, February 4th, and continues on Wednesday afternoons through March 25th. Classes run from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Garden Docent training begins on Friday, February 20th from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and continues on Friday mornings through March 20th. Individuals interested in volunteering should RSVP to 562-206-2040, or email the Rancho’s volunteer coordinator, Jan Shafer, at JanS@rancholoscerritos.org.

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