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 of the Month Diane Watson

Volunteer of the Month Diane Watson

Diane Watson has been a volunteer with the Museum or Natural History for the past 10 years. She began in the gift shop and became a Museum docent about two years ago.
Diane ensures that both children and parents are given a chance to explore and see all the Museum has to offer. She makes sure they don’t miss any must-see exhibits or animals, no matter how small. 
Diane has logged over 600 volunteer hours with the Museum and is extremely knowledgeable about the local area.
We are happy to choose Diane as our August Volunteer of the Month. As such, Diane will receive a small gift