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 Volunteers of the Month

Larry and Marcia Hulberg

Larry and Marcia Hulberg

Our December Volunteers of the Month, Larry and Marcia Hulberg, said they started volunteering out of a desire to teach others how to be better stewards of the environment. That desire led them to become involved with the Museum at the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary. They also help with monarch counts and are involved with the SeaWatch program. On top of that, the husband and wife team volunteer with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
“We both have an abiding interest in nature,” Larry said. “The Museum is a tremendous resource and we jumped at the opportunity to get involved.”
For them, sparking an interest in nature and conservation are highlights of their work. They recommend anyone interested in volunteering learn about the Museum’s many programs, then find an area that personally interests them.
"We find in-depth discussions and personal interest stories particularly rewarding. Frequent ‘thank yous’ are icing on the cake,” Larry said.