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


     Marilyn Galli is the Museum's Volunteer of the month for September. Marilyn has been a volunteer with the Museum since fall of 2012, and has been a great addition to the Museum. She's volunteered in many different roles including Museum docent, projects, events, and our store. 

     This month Marilyn's extra volunteer help was appreciated and greatly needed. We needed extra help in our store this month; with staff and volunteers becoming extra busy in the fall, we could not fill as many store shifts as we would have liked. Marilyn stepped in and signed up for extra store shifts this month to help support the Museum. Without this help, we would not have been able to have our store open and available to visitors. Additionally this past month, Marilyn stepped in to help out at our Science Saturday, which was very busy; we were happy to have the additional assistance during the event.

    We're very fortunate to have a volunteer like Marilyn who will take on additional shifts or sign up for events when we need additional help. Between work and her other commitments, we are very thankful Marilyn is a committed volunteer for the Museum.

   As volunteer of the month, Marilyn will receive a small gift and a featured article in our Museum newsletter. Thank you Marilyn!