671 South Oakglen Avenue, Nipomo, CA 93444 dana@danaadobe.org 805.929.5679


Getting Involved is Easy.

DANA could not operate without the help of its dedicated volunteers. If you enjoy the history and culture of California or are a naturalist, consider being a volunteer at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center. We host 7,000+ visitors annually from around the tri-county area and tourist from around the world. We always need additional history interpreters to answer their questions and to show them what life was like at an authentic Spanish/Mexican colonial rancho. Volunteering at the beautiful 130-acre museum is a very rewarding experience. We have flexible volunteering opportunities, which means we work with your schedule!

Click Here to Sign Up as a Volunteer

When are Volunteers Needed:

Most of the need occurs during February through December when the museum is open to the public and offers educational, cultural and special programs. The museum is open Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM and Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM.

Educational and Service Opportunities:
Museum Volunteer
Museum Volunteers greet and interact with visitors (approx. 7,000 each year). Interpret historic museum exhibits by serving as your time allows, or pursue a special area of interest. Help is also needed for festival/special event weekends.
Live and learn the Rancho Life of the Colonial Spanish/Mexico Rancho Era. Assist visitors with hands-on craft and food activities, such as tortilla making, candle making, bread baking, dancing, branding, sketching, house tours, adobe making, and Rancho ecology.
Volunteer Work Day
Volunteers aid in one or more of the following areas: cleaning, weekend tour guides, school field trips and special small maintenance jobs. Volunteers meet weekly at the Dana Adobe on Thursdays at 9:30 AM. If you are new to being a DANA volunteer, then please attend our volunteer orientation & training sessions which are held every Wednesday at 10 AM.
Special Events
Volunteers who help with special events will help assist with programs during spring and summer, as well as help prepare for the monthly talk series, seasonal festivals, and special fundraising events.

Want to take your volunteer service to the next level? Serving on a board for a mission that you are passionate about is an impactful way to offer your time. The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA) – caretakers of the fully restored and oldest historic home in San Luis Obispo County – the Dana Adobe.

DANA was founded in 1999, is a local nonprofit and dedicated to protecting, preserving, and providing public access to the DANA Adobe Cultural Center, while sharing the stories of early California history/Rancho era, and inspiring stewardship of our natural and cultural resources. DANA is dedicated to community-based action, advocacy and education.

In the last 20 years, DANA has raised over 9 million dollars toward land acquisition, historic restoration and the development of the Dana Adobe Cultural Center, a 130-acre park, encompassing the historic home, a nature education facility/museum, trail system, and demonstration gardens.

Our Committees Include:

  • Board of Directors
  • Collections Committee
  • Exhibit Planning
  • Landscape and Garden Planning
  • School Tour Docents
  • Weekend House Tour Guide
  • Program Development
  • Event Planning
  • Education Programs

Interested in joining a committee? Then call (805) 929-5679 or email dana@danaadobe.org.