California’s State Historic Landmark No.152
National Register of Historic Places
The mission of the Friends of Rancho San Pedro is to preserve and increase community awareness of early California history as it relates to the Dominguez family, homestead adobe and the Rancho San Pedro, the first Spanish land grant in California. This is accomplished through educational programs and the operation of the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.
Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? Would you like to learn about the amazing and unique ecology of California? If so, consider becoming a California Naturalist!
The Museum is hosting its 2nd California Naturalist program in the South Bay beginning January 23rd and running through April 30th.
California Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners – studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship.
These classes cover the natural and cultural history of California, with an in-depth look at our South Bay ecology. Through field trips, classroom instruction and hands-on exercises, participants will observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of our region. Through the course, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and by working on a group project.
The classes will be held every Saturday from 10:00am- 1:00pm from late January through late April and include 3 field trips whose places have yet to be determined. The cost for the course is $300. Please see the attached flyer and registration form or click the “Register Online Now!” button to register online.
California Naturalist Program at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
California Naturalist Registration Form 2016
The museum will be closed on June 14th. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Bring your children to the Rancho this summer to take part in our summer Saturdays at the Dominguez Rancho program. The second Saturday afternoons of each of the three summer months (June, July, August) are devoted to fun and creative activities just for kids. Each class is from 1pm to 3pm.
6/20 – Paint a Pot
7/18 – Mosaics and More
8/15 – Herbs and More
All the classes are free and open to all ages and are 1pm to 3pm.
The museum is excited to participate for the 6th year in Old Fort MacArthur Days at Fort MacArthur Museum in San Pedro. The hours of this year’s show are 10am–4pm on July 11th and 12th. This is the 1st year the museum is participating as full period camp. The theme is the early 1800s or Spanish Colonial period in California. What does this mean? It means that the camp will represent this period down to the tiniest detail. There will be no cell phones, plastic water bottles etc. Come out and see the museum’s camp and the other wonderful camps.
Join us for the museum’s Spring/Summer speaker series that starts next Saturday the 16th. Our speaker series includes:
May 16th – Central Americans in Los Angeles and the speaker is Rosamaria Segura
July 25th – Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay and Hawaiians in Los Angeles. The speakers are Florante Peter & Roselyn Estepa Ibanez, Elizabeth “Nani” Nihipali, Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo, Christian Hanz Lozada, Cheryl Villareal Roberts, and Lorelie Santonil Olaes
August 22nd – Farming in Torrance and the South Bay and the speaker is Judith Gerber
All talks are 1pm to 3pm and include the talk, book signing, and light refreshments. There is a suggested donation of $4.
For more information, check out the event pages for each talk or call the museum at (310) 603-0088