Point San Luis Lighthouse is operated by a team of over eighty-five volunteers & docents. It’s a great way to give back locally, learn about California history, and spend time in a beautiful environment.
There are a lot of ways to get involved: join a Tuesday work crew that helps with restoration and grounds projects, become a Lighthouse docent, assist during special events, assist with our community education program or help in our gift shop. Please contact us for information!
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How You Can Help
Help Preserve History by Joining the Tuesday Work Crew
Every Tuesday the "Work Crew" heads up to the lighthouse to work on projects and to help maintain the structural stability of the buildings on the property and the landscape as well. Some of the volunteers have been working at the lighthouse for over twenty years, others have just joined up recently. If you have skills or the desire to come assist at the lighthouse then you are wanted! Recent projects included the construction of the wheelchair ramp to the back of the keeper's residence, and planting of new native plants in front of the duplex building. Whether its sweeping, painting, construction projects, or just helping out by washing windows, the lighthouse would not be in such great shape if it were not for the Tuesday Work Crew. Interested workers should contact lighthouse staff--we would love to have you out!
Want to be a Docent?
There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities at the Point SLO Light Station. We have docent led tours twice a week for those interested in sharing history. One step further is our period-attire clothing program, for docents who want to dress up in nineteenth-century garb. There is the Tuesday Work Crew gang as well. We also have opportunities for people who like to write and do research, assist us in building our research library and archive. The lighthouse is the most beautiful volunteer spot on the Central Coast, come spend some time and assist us in maintaining our beauty!
Become a Member of the Keepers
To support the Point SLO Lighthouse Keepers in our mission to preserve the Lighthouse, you can become a Lighthouse Keeper through our membership program. Keepers Level is $35. Lighthouse Inspector $100. Lighthouse Navigator $250. And Lighthouse Commander $1000. Each membership level comes with a newsletter and continuing perks, such as tickets to a regular tour, tickets to a signature event, and in the case of Commander level your name will be inscribed on a plaque on display at the Lighthouse. To become a member call the office at 805-540-5771 or send a check to PO Box 308, Avila Beach, CA, 93424, c/o Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers!
On the job training for Interns
Point San Luis Lighthouse is the perfect place for Cal Poly and Cuesta Community College students to adopt a project. Past projects have included writing scripts for docents and assisting them with tour interpretation, assisting with the Fourth Grade Field Trip program, and researching period-appropriate clothing for the volunteers. The opportunity to intern at the light station gives students a hands-on approach to utilizing their degree at a historic site. We are dedicated to continuing research on the history of the lighthouse, to conserving the light station, and to sharing the story of the light station with the general public. The right intern should be interested in preserving and sharing local history!
If the contact form does not appear to be working, feel free to email us at PointSLOPrograms@gmail.com or call (805) 540-5771.