Become a Volunteer!

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.

please complete a Volunteer Application To bEGIN volunteering at the Museum or Monarch Sanctuary. 

There are many different volunteer positions available to suit anyone's talents. If you do not see a position that suits you, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, 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.

  • Black Oystercatcher Monitor Volunteers
    Observe black oystercatchers at specified sites along the recreation trail in Pacific Grove or in Pebble Beach.

Meet our Volunteer of the Month

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Kimberlyn Forte

I am originally from Ohio and moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 2005. I immediately fell in love with the area's natural beauty and developed a great interest in the historical gardens of Monterey.  I began volunteering at the Cooper Molera Adobe and eventually was employed as their gardener for a year.  Though my vocation in the garden stopped when I took a teaching gig at Monterey Peninsula College, my heart is always in the garden.  Education at both Cabrillo College and Monterey Peninsula College led to my earning certificate in Ornamental Horticulture in 2014. And, last year,  I was honored to be asked to be the first co-advisor to the MPC Horticulture Club.   

I have lived in Pacific Grove for 10 years and started volunteering at the PGMNH garden in 2014. I have also had the joy of joining the butterfly tagging, working demonstration tables at the night events, and helping the middle school students' butterfly counts at the sanctuary.  After an injury in 2015, I had to take time away from volunteering.  But time and rest have me back in the museum garden.  I may forget to clock my hours (yikes!), but I am there, amongst the plants.  The garden volunteers are a hard-working bunch with true hearts for plants.  And I am honored to be one of them.