Rancho Los Cerritos trains teen docents in local history and more

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rancho-teen-docentsRancho Los Cerritos is once again recruiting for their Teen Docent Program, a very successful service learning opportunity for high school students that will expose the youths to early California and Long Beach history in an entertaining and educational manner.

The Rancho’s Teen Docent Program is designed for motivated 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.

From October through June 12, teens meet every Thursday, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (except school holidays) and train to conduct youth tours of the Rancho site to young visitors such as the Scouts, Campfire Girls, boys and girls clubs and home-schoolers. The Rancho Adventure Program is staffed by high school volunteers who make Long Beach’s past come alive with an engaging tour format which adds historic chores and games to a fast-paced tour of the site’s 1844 adobe house and gardens.

Teen Docents may also assist with event planning and preparation or curatorial projects. This hands-on experience fulfills required learning service credits for graduation and provides the teens with the opportunity to explore careers in education and museum related occupations.

For more information on the Teen Docent Program contact Rancho Los Cerritos at (562) 570-1755 or visit www.rancholoscerritos.org. An application is required, but the program is free with student membership.

Rancho Los Cerritos inspires curiosity and respect for the past, enriches understanding of the present, develops excitement for the future, and connects people with community, history and culture. The Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach

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