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 the 1st California Naturalist program in the South Bay beginning January 24th and running through April 25th.
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. Three Saturday field trips will be on February 21, March 14, and April 18th. 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
The museum office and tours will be closed on the following days:
12/24 and 12/25
12/31 and 1/1
We wish everyone a beautiful, safe and peaceful holiday season!
Explore the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum this holiday season on December 13th from 3pm to 5pm. The Adobe is decorated with lights and holiday decorations only once a year and it is a beautiful sight to see. There will be:
- Tours of the Adobe
- Craft making – luminaries and cornucopia ornaments with the daughters and their friends
- Desserts from around the world to sample
- Community toy drive to help our local community children
Then witness the spectacular Christmas palm tree lighting and join in the caroling!! It is a beautiful holiday event!
On Saturday, December 13th at 2pm the museum is excited to partner with Teatro Dominguez from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills to host the Teatro’s folktale-based children’s musical at the museum. Coyotita was written by Bill Deluca and Naomi Buckley and informs children about how they can help the environment. The characters are all animals, played and sung by actors in masks and costumes.
Coyotita gets to meet creatures from the sea, the air, and the land in her quest to try and save her Yucca plants. Children are brought onstage to join in with cleaning up their world during the song, “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.”
This is a great musical for both children and adults. The musical is free and will be outside behind the adobe so it is a wonderful setting.
Join us on Saturday, November 15th from 10am to 1pm to see the new monarch butterfly garden in the rose garden. The garden was created to conserve and protect monarch habitats. The museum is a monarch waystation and a wildlife habitat. See the garden, learn more about monarch butterflies and explore the Rancho.