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

Deb Halfpenny began her involvement with the museum as a participant in the 2014 California Naturalist class. Her "capstone" project involved identifying and inventorying every single native plant growing on the Museum's grounds. For each she noted its significance and whether or not it was listed in the current garden brochure, and she took a photo of it in bloom. This required many months' more time than the class itself did. 
In January Deb also took the lead in guiding the Museum's Native Plant Garden volunteers and initiated monthly volunteer Saturdays in the garden. She figures out the garden's maintenance needs and guides volunteers in doing what's needed. The next time you enjoy the new bed of plants near the water fountain (pictured), or appreciate the relative lack of weeds along the paths, think of Deb with gratitude.