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 Karen Hewitt

Volunteer of the Month Karen Hewitt

Congratulations to Karen Hewitt – our September volunteer of the month! Karen joined the Museum’s volunteer corps this past spring, and brings a wealth of expertise with her, particularly from her professional background in working with museums. Her experience as a grant writer has already been of tremendous benefit to the Museum. As a new resident in the area, Karen has taken the time to learn about our local environment and exhibits, and share what she knows with guests. 
Earlier this summer, Karen was a great help in working on Museum-related grants. In writing those grants, she worked closely with Executive Director Jeanette Kihs and Exhibitions Curator Annie Holdren, both of whom applauded her attention to detail.The Museum is very fortunate to have her skills at the Museum, not only as a grant writer, but as a docent.