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Ranch Host Program

Ranch Hosts assist with education programs and special projects at the NRHC. They help bring the NRHC to life by enhancing learning opportunities available to visitors who come from throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

Ranch Hosts may serve as building docents and as participants in living history and educational programs, special events and projects, or other volunteer capacities. Membership is open to persons who volunteer their services, complete required training programs and are certified by the NRHC staff to carry out specific functions.

Two regular membership meetings are held each year, one in the spring (mandatory for new Ranch Hosts) and one in the fall. Officers of the Ranch Hosts board also may arrange additional training classes, meetings and field trips. To become a member of our award-winning Ranch Host program, please fill out our application and check the box that indicates your interest in the Ranch Host program. A member of the Ranch Host board will contact you after your application is processed.

* Volunteers must be 18 or accompanied by an adult.

Application Form

Fill out the form below or download and print an application: Application PDF

Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the volunteer program at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Please complete the form below so we can help you find a rewarding role in our volunteer activities in an area which interests you.

All volunteer information will be sent via email unless otherwise instructed.

Please fill out the following information if you are currently under the age of 18.

If you are currently under the age of 18, please have a legal guardian read the following agreement:

Tell us which areas you are interested in volunteering
Summarize your previous volunteer experience and special skills, training and experience.

Please check the boxes below to indicate you have read and agree with each statement:


Upcoming Events

Download the 2019 Ranch Host Calendar

Thursday Trolley Tours begin

Every Thursday @ 10:30AM (weather permitting) Starts March 14, Ends Nov. 1

Ranch Host Spring Meeting

Saturday, March 23rd 9AM (Breakfast starting @ 8:30am)

Firearms Safety Training & Firearms Show and Tell

Tuesday, April 2nd 5PM to 6PM

Ranch Day Short Course

Thursday, April 4th 5:30PM to 6:30PM

49th Annual Ranch Day

Saturday, April 13th 10:00AM to 4:00PM



Ranch Host Board Members

Garry Wright - President

Jack Mitchell - Vice President

Carol McDonald - Secretary

Patricia Herman - Treasurer

Brad Larson - Member-at-Large

Sylvia Pickens - Member-at-Large

Henry Crawford - Member-at-Large

Karen Scott - Member-at-Large

Mike West - Ex-Officio President



Clothing Guide

The National Ranching Heritage Center has a clothing closet available to check out period clothing. Clothing checkouts are by appointment only. Contact Shelby Schwartz at 806-834-1225 or shelby.schwartz@ttu.edu to make an appointment.



National Ranching Heritage Center