Los Serenos

Docent Information

Note!  With the exception of the meeting agenda, the documents listed below require a password and are in a PDF format!  Please contact the President for the password.

History of Los Serenos

Since 1984, the Los Serenos de Point Vicente docent organization has shared information on the natural and cultural history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula with both children and adults visiting the museum. People from all around the world have visited the Center and have marveled at the beauty of the area. Today over 100 docents are involved in the organization and continue to enrich the knowledge of both students and interested adults.

The docents also lead hikes for the public and school children at the Forrestal Nature Reserve, the Alta Vicente Reserve, the Abalone Cove tide pools, and the habitat on the public trails of Trump National. Docents also provide valuable volunteer support for the Annual Whale of a Day Celebration held on a Saturday in March or April. In the past, docents have been a part of festive events such as: Rancho Days in 1985; Roaring Twenties in 1986; Whaling Days in 1987; Indian Days in 1988; and Frontier Days in 1989. Los Serenos members also participate in City and community events such as the City's annual Fourth of July celebration and City Anniversaries. In 1988, the Los Serenos docents adopted the beach at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and, in conjunction of California Coastal Clean-up day held in September, sponsors the community cleanup of Abalone Cove.

The docents come from various walks of life. Many are professional members of business and industry. There are attorneys, physicians, engineers, principals, teachers and homemakers. This diversity blends itself into a highly compatible organization that provides a wealth of information to students and adults who visit the Interpretive Center.

The Los Serenos docent experience has been full of exciting challenges and opportunities since the beginning of the organization in 1984! The original Interpretive Center building was expanded in the late 1990s and, once it reopened in July 2006, the activities of the Docents have increased to meet the needs of the Center and the community.  Los Serenos continues to be a dynamic part of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and South Bay community and we encourage local residents and distant visitors to avail themselves of the recreational and educational opportunities provided by the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and Docent program.


Docent Membership/Training

Membership is open to those interested in learning about the nature and history of the local area and sharing this knowledge by conducting tours of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Abalone Cove, Forrestal Preserve/Ladera Linda, and/or Ocean Trails at Trump National.  A full description of docent duties and responsibilities is available below.

The next training classes, conducted by Specialist Ann Zellers, will start on September 14, 2022 at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes [MAP].  Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm and consist of weekly meetings for approximately four months, either in a classroom setting or on a field trip.  There will also be some Saturday classes. The class format will be a mix of online lectures via Zoom and in person instruction. Please note that the training protocol will be flexible and sensitive to current COVID restrictions.

If you are interested in joining or would like additional information concerning Los Serenos de Point Vicente, please contact Ann Zellers (310-544-5265). Or, if you prefer, you can complete the membership application form by clicking on the Form below and mailing it to the address on the form.  This form is interactive and can be completed online (tab to move from field to field; shift/tab to move backwards, or just click in a field box).  When you have completed the form, click on the "Print" button in the upper right-hand corner of the form to print the form. There is also a $30 class fee to be sent with the application form.

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Current Los Serenos Officers

Paul Funk President
Dorian Harris 1st Vice President
Jay Fodor 2nd Vice President
Debbie Owens 3rd Vice President
Bob Fenton Secretary
Cindy Bruckman Treasurer
Henry Jurgens Past President