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Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2023

Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum


The Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum (MCARLM) celebrates the past, present, and future of Salinas Valley agriculture and rural life by interpreting authentic objects, providing exceptional programs, and building community connections.

The Big Idea

MCARLM really pushes the envelope when it comes to what we can give back to our community. Our educational programs have become staples in our community. From our 4th Grade Gold Rush Jamboree that takes students back in time to 1849, to our school tours that allow students from all over Monterey County to have an immersive history experience. Students experience a moment of a turn-of-the-century student's day as they sit at a desk in the schoolhouse and use chalk to work on math problems. The learning continues with history of farming and dairy practices. They also learn about the water supply in the area and their role in water sustainability. We are proud to have a successful high school intern program that allows for 4 individuals to have mentor-based learning opportunities that make classroom theories concrete by placing interns in a real-life work situation with co-workers performing professional tasks.

I feel very fortunate to have gotten to spend my last two years at the museum; they've provided me with invaluable experience and memories. I'm so excited to take the skills I've learned at MCARLM and apply them in college and my future career.

- Elsy Hernandez