Grades 9-12 (in 2017-2018 school year)

Junior Volunteers are teenagers who are passionate about sharing science and the natural world with Museum visitors. Junior Volunteers assist and interact with Museum visitors, enhancing the visitor experience and sharing their natural history knowledge. Junior Volunteers are trained to work with props and mobile cart programs on the Museum floor. Volunteers commit to weekly 3-hour shifts for 10 weeks, June 13–August 19. Please note that this program focuses on sharing information and educating visitors. It is not a science research program, and it does not involve animal handling.

Fee: $50/year. Fee covers orientation, food for end-of-year party and Junior Volunteer T-shirt and nametags.

Please note that this application-based program is highly competitive, and we receive more applications than we can accept. Online applications for the 2019-20 program will open in January, 2019. Program runs on school year calendar, August – April.

Watch this video to hear first-hand about the program from volunteers and their parents:


Staff