by Brett Hawkins
Whether it’s because of a school requirement, a public interest, or the desire to get off the couch for a few hours, those interested in volunteering are invited to participate in Rancho Los Alamitos’s training classes for docents. Classes will take place at the Rancho on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30am to noon for a period of four weeks. The trainees are asked to volunteer eight hours a month upon completion of training and the attendance of periodic education workshops.
Extra incentive is being offered to the docents as they will learn the history of the landscape as well as the story of those who have occupied Rancho Los Alamitos through various resources and programs. The Rancho’s history with the first American Indians through Spanish, Mexican, and American occupation stretches over 1500 years.
The land occupies 7.5 acres and is the only Long Beach site designated as a National Trust for Historic Preservation Partner. The Rancho is open throughout the year, with free admission, Wednesday through Sunday, 1pm to 5pm.