4600 Virginia Rd, Long Beach, Ca 90807
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Our missionThe mission of Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is to restore and preserve the ranch house structure and grounds; collect appropriate resources; and interpret the relationship of the Rancho’s diverse peoples, from the period before Spanish settlement when Native Americans controlled the land, through the development of the Long Beach area, to the present day.
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Garden Crafts Volunteer

Garden Crafts Volunteers produce garden-themed items for the Museum Shop and also help with holiday decorating.
  • Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Garden Docent

Garden docents share their joy of plants with visitors. The serene 4.7 acres of landscaped grounds include trees from the mid-19th century, historic roses, and exotic vegetation.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

House Docent

House docents guide visitors through the adobe house, share stories about the people who lived there, and explain the historic objects they used in their day-to-day lives. Docent training covers California and Rancho history through the 1940s as well as adobe architecture, decorative arts, textiles, and interpretation techniques.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Public Hours Volunteer

Visitor Center Volunteers welcome visitors, provide an orientation to the site, answer phones, and assist with Museum Shop sales.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Gardening Volunteer

Gardening Volunteers assist with pruning, weeding, composting, general grooming, and small garden-related construction projects. Volunteers also help plant bulbs, annual color, small perennials, and shrubs.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays

Teen Volunteer

Teen Volunteers help out with family programs like Creation Station, summer camps, and Mud Mania.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you helpRLC depends on volunteers of all ages to help bring history alive to our visitors!
About usRancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is a public museum open for tours, programs and events. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds 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 a modern, urban society. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives.
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