Join a dedicated team of men and women at Old Mission Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara
  • 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
  • Guide guests through La Huerta Historic Garden, a living botanical museum of plants native to California and those introduced in early mission days
  • Lead specialized tours on Mission art and architecture
  • Participate in annual events sponsored by the Mission including Fiesta Pequeña, the Christmas Candlelight Vigil, art shows, and anniversary celebrations
  • Enjoy excursions to major exhibitions and places related to California history
  • Increase your knowledge through ongoing educational programs
  • Share in the camaraderie of talented volunteer docents

Prospective docents will complete a seven-week educational program that meets one morning per week, and two mornings in the final week. Upon completion of this training, docents are expected to participate in at least three activities each month and attend a monthly docent meeting. To reserve a place in our upcoming Fall program, which runs from October 11 through November 18, please complete the application below. For further information, contact Laura Foss at (805)682-4713, or email her at

Docent Application

  • When complete, send the application by clicking submit. If you would rather print the form and mail it to us, please download it by clicking here, and mail it to:

    Old Mission Santa Barbara
    Tours Office
    2201 Laguna Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93105

    Once your application has been reviewed and approved, an Old Mission Santa Barbara docent program representative will contact you for a follow-up meeting to discuss your participation as a docent volunteer.