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

If you’ve visited the Museum over the last several years, chances are you’ve run into our April Volunteer of the Month, Lori Rolander. Even if you haven’t, you may have seen the effects of her work. Lori has been a fixture for the last half a decade She’s volunteered for a number of natural history events, including the popular Science Saturdays, where she can often be found surrounded by children. Besides that, Lori also assists in editing the monthly newsletters.
One of her favorite memories to date, she said, was creating caterpillars from pipe cleaners to the delight of young Museum guests.
“My favorite part of volunteering is the terrific energy of all the staff and volunteers and the excitement of the children at Science Saturday events,” Lori said.