The Heritage Ranch

home of The San Dieguito Heritage Museum

Help support the San Dieguito Heritage Museum

As an active member of the San Dieguito community since 1988, the San Dieguito Heritage Museum has been preserving and interpreting artifacts and the stories of our colorful, local past, to educate and entertain residents and their children.

As with most Non-Profit 501c organizations, 70+% of funding for our existence and growth is totally dependent upon your generous contributions. We sincerely hope that you feel willing to donate financially, sponsor and attend our events, or please join us as a welcome volunteer and contribute your special talents to our efforts.

We have several membership options. In addition to the satisfaction of helping fulfill our mission, each membership option provides unique benefits. Your support has never been more important to the future of the Museum. Joining as a member and/or making a tax-deductible donation is convenient, secure and easy.

Many ways to help!

Volunteer - A Volunteer participates in our special events as needed, with such as our annual Deep Pit BBQ and the Lima Bean Cook-off & Faire.  There is also some training involved, but you will not be required to lead tours when you volunteer.  When helping at a special event, you will be placed where you are needed, serving food, decorating, setup and teardown, etc. 

Docent - A Docent goes through some basic training and is educated on the history of the San Dieguito area, as well as the artifacts and buildings on display at the museum.  A Docent is present at the museum during our open hours, currently Thursday-Sunday, 12:00 Noon to 4:00PM, to give tours of the museum and the grounds to visitors.  We also have opportunities at other times for Docents during special events.

There are also many opportunities year-round assisting with children’s crafts, archiving of artifacts, and database maintenance. We try to fit you where you will be happiest.

School Tour Instructor - The Museum hosts approximately 1,000 students per year, mostly 1st or 3rd graders, who come on school field trips.  The School Tour Instructor instructs the students in one of the following activities:

Barter Game – Teach how to barter using a deck of cards with pictures of various items such as cows, eggs, and hammers, etc., which the kids barter for similarly valued items.

Making Butter – Children shake jars of cream until the butter is formed.

Sand Painting – Tell a story through symbols that are “painted” onto paper using colored sand and glue.

Museum Tour – Students are taken on a tour of the Museum.

Please note:  These are all unpaid volunteer positions.  If you are interested, please contact


Additional Payment Options

Simply choose one of the methods below:

1.       BY PHONE - (760)-632-9711

3.        BY CHECK  via mail to the following address:

San Dieguito Heritage Museum 450 Quail Gardens Drive Encinitas, CA 92024

Please make check payable to San Dieguito Heritage Museum


Become a sustaining member!

Support our programs each month!

individual membership

$35.00 per person per year

    * Free Admission to Museum

    * Free participation in our Families Make History program

     * Quarterly Newsletters; Email blasts

     * Invitations and Discounts to Educational Programs & Special Events

     * 10% Discount on Museum Gift Shop Purchases


Family membership

Family $75

   Same as Individual for all immediate members of the family (parents and children)


Business $150

VIP seating at our special events

Name of Business and a link displayed on SDHM Website

VIP seating/discounted tickets to our music events