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 Volunteer Coordinator, 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

Phyllis Edwards

Phyllis Edwards

Phyllis Edwards, our January Volunteer of the Month, has volunteered with the Museum since 2015 in both the garden and as a docent at the Monarch Sanctuary.
Phyllis said she’s always hoped to give back to her community when she retired.
“I enjoy working with plants, so I love working in the garden and meeting other avid gardeners there,” she said. “At the Monarch Sanctuary, I enjoy meeting people from around the world and, since I have been an educator all of my adult life, I love sharing information about monarch migration, especially with the kids.”
Her background in education and her love of gardening, she said, brought her to the Museum. Her work as an editor for the National Geographic textbook division allowed her the opportunity to help children learn about science,whichare some of the skills she brings with her to the Museum.
“When I visited the Museum the first time, I was frustrated that I did not learn the identities of so many of the plants in the native garden,” Phyliss said. “I'm still sadly ignorant about most of the plants in the native garden, but am hoping to remedy that situation as I continue to work there.”