Volunteering at Events and Programs | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Give back to the community when you volunteer your time, talents, and knowledge. Volunteers have plenty of fun as they help our visitors enjoy a great experience at special programs and weekend programs.</p>
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Volunteering at Events and Programs


The Natural History Museum has many special events and weekend programs that need Volunteers. Exciting and engaging events and programs include Bug Fair, Butterfly Pavilion, First Fridays, Junior Scientist, Critter Club, and Curator’s Cupboard

Every event and program holds unique opportunities for Volunteers. Some events and programs require Volunteers to work on a regular schedule, while other events and programs need Volunteers on a limited or occasional basis.

Give back to the community when you volunteer your time, talents, and knowledge. Volunteers have plenty of fun as they help our visitors enjoy a great experience at special programs and weekend programs.

What are some things that Volunteers might do at events and programs?

  • Assist with fun, educational programs such as Bug Fair, Scavenger Safari, Urban Ice Age Adventures, Critter Club, and Junior Scientist. These types of activities need Volunteers with excellent people skills and who have a strong desire to help others.
  • Help children with art and science craft activities such as making marine biology dioramas out of household items, decorating butterflies, or making a favorite dinosaur out of who knows what!
  • Provide logistical and staff support at programs like First Fridays, a monthly evening program for adults that presents musical entertainment and presentations on topics in science and society.

What does it take to volunteer for events and programs?

  • Enthusiasm to work with our guests during the many events and programs.
  • Willingness to work carefully with authentic artifacts, fossils, and specimens. Many of our Volunteers will work with the real thing when they engage visitors during weekend events or special programs.
  • Weekend and evening availability.
  • Attend orientations and training sessions as needed.
  • Commitment to the Museum’s mission to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.

Yes, I want to Volunteer for special and events and programs! Submit a Volunteer Application or learn more by emailing Volunteer@nhm.org.