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 Education 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

Chris Tenney has volunteered at the Museum for approximately seven years, where he helped to catalog the Museum’s collection digitally. During this time, he noticed the collection of insects on the upstairs mezzanine and decided to help update the display. As a local lepidopterist, Chris donated his time and his own collection of butterflies to be used in the exhibit.
Besides his work for the Museum, he also runs the website montereybutterflies.net. For the last eight years, he’s also taken part in a national butterfly count and has traveled across the nation to assist in the counting effort. 
"I have been exploring the insect collections at the Museum for years.  Finally, several years ago, the previous curator asked me to help digitize the collections data," Tenney said. "I attended a workshop to learn how to use a museum collections database, and started with the insect collections."
Exhibitions Curator Annie Holdren said she was thrilled to see how the updated display turned out.
“The insect display cases have never looked better and we have Chris to thank for that,” she said.
Tenney also helped mount more than 200 monarchs for the Museum's monarch exhibit, which he said is one of his fondest memories of volunteering.  
"I know, it sounds grueling, but I love working with insect specimens," he said. 
Tenney said upgrading and replacing the contents of the cases was long overdue.  
"I really appreciate that Annie gave me lots of input into planning and designing the contents and layout," he said.