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


Getting involved is easy.

Welcome 1.1The DANA Cultural Center 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 Cultural Center. We host 3,000+ 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 at the DANA Cultural Center, which means we work with your schedule!

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 hours are 1 pm to 4 pm Saturday through Sunday. Some special events also take place between the spring and summer months, October, November and December.


Museum Volunteer
Greet and interact with visitors (approx. 3,000 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.

IMG_06041Docent – Live and Learn the Rancho Life of 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.

Special Events
Assist with programs during spring and summer, talk series, special festivals celebrating the seasons, special fundraising events.

horses at the adobe 1.1Livestock
A new program starting to bring livestock back to the Rancho. Livestock is an important part of the educational experience of the site and the animals give children the opportunity to see the livestock in the ranch environment and to understand the historic relationship between people and animals over time. Your expertise and contribution will help to design a program to bring livestock back to the Rancho. The program will focus on the sustainability, feeding, housing and caring of the animals, such as horses, sheep, birds, and other animals that will call the Rancho home.

Junior Volunteers
Young people contribute and learn through our J. V. program.

Extensive training programs are provided on history, culture and arts & crafts.



  • Research
  • Archeology and special collections
  • Exhibit design
  • Catalog archives and photos
  • Make costumes and help maintain our collection
  • Plant and maintain museum gardens and cultivated areas
  • Help prepare special exhibits
  • Research and develop hands-on activities
  • Hosting and helping out at special events throughout the year
  • Serve on a committee or a task force
  • Serve on the Board of Directors


Fund Development Committee:
Oversees development and implementation of the Fundraising Plan; identifies and solicits funds from external sources of support, working with the Development Officer if available; sometimes called Development Committee

Public Relations/Marketing:
Oversees development and implementation of the Marketing Plan, including identifying potential markets, their needs, how to meet those needs with products/services/programs, and how to promote/sell the programs. Represents the organization to the community; enhances the organization’s image, including communications with the press.

Events Committee:
Plans and coordinates major events, such as fundraising (nonprofits), team-building or planning; sometimes a subcommittee of the Fundraising Committee

Interpretive Planning:

Wednesday Volunteer Day:

  • House cleaning
  • Paint metal conduit in the house white
  • Stacking old wood
  • organize corporate yard
  • Raking leaves
  • Pound t-posts for new fence
  • Apply UV film to windows in the house