Your help is needed!

We are a small museum.  Volunteers are essential to us continuing to be a great community resource and fulfill our mission to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world.

To become a volunteer at the Museum or Monarch Sanctuary, please complete a Volunteer Application.

There are many different volunteer positions available, with varying levels of commitment. If you do not see a position that suits you, please contact our Community Outreach Program Manager, to discuss alternative volunteer positions. 

  • Museum Docents

  • Welcome guests and support school field trips while sharing your knowledge and love of the natural animals, flora, and geology that make California's Central Coast unique.

  • Museum Store
    Come work in our cozy gift shop. Talk with a wide variety of the public while generating financial support for the Museum.

  • Monarch Docents
    Spend your time at the lovely Monarch Sanctuary in Pacific Grove talking with visitors from around the world about our special winter home for monarch butterflies.

  • Gardeners
    Our Native Plants Garden needs your care. Come help maintain it’s beauty as you learn about the native flora of the Central Coast.

  • Science Saturday & Event Volunteers
    Become a volunteer for our community Science Saturdays, lectures, exhibition openings, and/or fundraising events.

Meet our Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer Brian


Brian Edwards has been helping out with many different projects at the Museum over the past couple of months, and his dedication, efforts, and positive attitude make him not only a great asset to the Museum's volunteer program, but the volunteer of the month .

    Brian began volunteering with the Museum last year, primarily with our monarch monitoring program. Brian is helping with this program again this year, but is also volunteering on a couple fo long-term projects that we could not complete without his help. 

   Currently, Brian is helping catalogue our entire Education Collection. In addition, he is also helping one of our Board Members, Ed Clifton, Identify and update records for our entire geology collection in our education collection. It's a task that takes lotsof time and effort every week, and simply could not be done without his help.

   Brian is always willing to help out with other projects around the Museum whenever a staff member needs it. At the begining of the month, he assembled 2 new heaters for our Night Owl event, giving a much needed extra hand to both Ann Wasser and Paul Vandecarr on staff.

    We're very thankful Brian is able to donate so much fo his time to many different areas at the Museum each week. He's a great asset as avolunteer, and always a pleasure to work with. Next time you see him at the Museum, be sure to extend a congratulations. As volunteer of the monthBrian will receive a small gift and a featured article on our volunteer newsletter.