We are excited to be hosting our annual fundraiser for education programs, the Mission Creek Soiree, on Saturday, May 18. For this special event, the Museum Backyard, Santa Barbara Gallery, Mammal Hall, and Bird Halls are temporarily closed to the public. The Museum will close early at 3:30 PM. But don't worry, there's plenty more to explore all over campus, including a sneak peek of our new dinosaur exhibit Prehistoric Forest!

Youth & Families

Young people are an important part of the Museum and Sea Center volunteer corps. Youth ages 10+ may volunteer with their parents/guardians at various activities, and we have several teen programs for ages 13+. Explore the choices below for more information.

Butterfly Pavilion Interpreter

Share the wonder of Butterflies Alive! this summer. Mandatory training session in May; interest in working with the public is essential. At least one weekly 3-hour shift required during four-month exhibit. New Volunteers Apply Here

Sea Center

Share your passion for the conservation and stewardship of Santa Barbara’s coastal waters and watersheds at our campus on Stearns Wharf. We provide the training—you bring a love of working with people and the ocean. More Information

Exhibit Interpreter: Museum

Interpreters share exhibit content and hands-on activities with guests. Training provided; interest in working with the public is essential. Teams of one youth 10+ and one adult guardian work together during shifts.

Group and Corporate Volunteering

Is your group looking for a day of giving? From building astronaut helmets to painting to beach cleanup, the Museum and Sea Center are great places to get your team together for a good cause. Group Application

Nature Education

Do you love exploring the outdoors, and sharing it with others? Join us to share outdoor activities with guests in the Nature Clubhouse and Museum Backyard. Teams of one youth 10+ and one adult guardian work together during shifts.

Teen Programs

Teens ages 13-17 have volunteer opportunities at the Museum and Sea Center! From long-term programs to summer-only projects, there is something for everyone with a passion for science and nature. Community service credit available. More Information