Become a docent

We need good story tellers to educate 4th graders about the Old Mission! Just bring your enthusiasm for people, history and warm Franciscan Hospitality. Join a dedicated team of men and women at Old Mission San Luis Rey who volunteer their time to educate visitors about early California history and the Mission Era.


As a docent, you will:

  • Learn the past history and living story of Old Mission San Luis Rey
  • Welcome visitors from all over the world to the doors of this historical landmark
  • Conduct regularly scheduled public tours
  • Instruct school children on the importance of the Missions in early California history
  • Lead specialized tours on Mission art and architecture
  • Increase your knowledge through ongoing educational programs
  • Share in the camaraderie of talented volunteer docents

Prospective docents will complete a four-session educational program. (Ability to tell a good story, walk on uneven terrain + stairs required). To apply for a place in our upcoming Fall program, please contact Helena Hazelton at or call (760) 757-3651 x170.