Become a Volunteer

DANA is happy to have you volunteer with us! Please fill out our Volunteer Information form  HERE. If you are interested in volunteering and under the age of 18 please fill out our Jr. Volunteer form HERE!

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 over 7,000 visitors annually from the tri-county area along with tourists 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 Mexican Colonial Rancho. Volunteering at the beautiful 130 acre Rancho is a very rewarding experience. We have flexible volunteer opportunities, which means we work with your schedule!

Ways to Volunteer-

Become a Docent

What is a docent? A knowledgeable guide, especially one who conducts visitors through a museum and delivers commentary on the exhibitions;
a unique individual with a special role to play in a museum setting.

Docent Duties:
  • Knows the history of the Dana Family Rancho
  • Gives weekend tours of the Adobe and Cultural Center from 11-3 Saturdays & Sundays
  • Do hands-on activities with elementary school-aged students during onsite scheduled field trips Th & F during the school year; those activities include, but are not limited to-Nature Walks & Nature Sketching, Brick Making, Tortilla Making, and Rancho Era Dancing
  • Regular volunteering
  • Summer Day camp
 Be A Special Event Volunteer 

Here at DANA, we have many different events, such as- weddings, concerts, food events, fundraisers, art exhibits, and so much more. Event Volunteers help with set up, selling tickets, selling food & drinks, manning stations, clean up, and playing character roles just to name a few.

 Join the DVF-the DANA Volunteer Force

The DANA Volunteer Force meets on Thursdays at 9:30 am at DANA to tackle landscaping, minor maintenance, small repairs, and aid in any projects around the DANA property. But volunteers are welcome to come in any time M-F 9-5 or at a scheduled time on Saturday and Sunday.

Interested in becoming a volunteer or a Docent? Call (805) 929-5679 or email


Want to take your volunteer service to the next level?  The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA) are the caretakers of the fully restored and oldest historic home in San Luis Obispo County, the Dana Adobe.

DANA, established 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 towards- land acquisition, historic restoration, the development of the Dana Adobe Cultural Center, a 130-acre park encompassing the historic home, a nature education program, a museum, trail system, and demonstration gardens.

Our Committees Include:

  • Board of Directors
  • Collections Committee
  • Exhibit Planning
  • Landscape and Garden Planning
  • Program Development
  • Event Planning
  • Education Programs

Interested in joining a committee? Call (805) 929-5679 or email

Current Volunteer information

Please click here to fill out timesheet!

Volunteer Sign-up sheet click  HERE