Docents are trained teaching guides who lead school and adult groups on Museum tours, and take the Museum on Wheels programs to schools and adult groups around the county. A six-month comprehensive course in natural history begins mid-September and continues through the end of March. A two-year commitment, monthly meetings, and 10 hours of continuing education each year are expected.
Canyoneers have been leading guided nature hikes throughout San Diego County since 1972. They receive a comprehensive class taught by our scientists and local experts on the natural history of the San Diego region. A nine-week training course in natural history begins the first Saturday after Labor Day and continues through the first of November. A commitment to lead 16 hikes over a two-year period is expected.
Museum Whalers provide naturalist interpretation December–October on whale-watching cruises. An 8-session training course begins the first week in October and continues through the first week in December. A minimum of three cruises per month (including one weekend cruise) during the whale-watching season is expected.
Gain valuable work experience and/or earn college credit working with children Pre-K through Grade 6 in a fun, summer-camp setting. Camps are held mid–June through August. Camps are one week long either morning (8–12:30) or afternoon. (Noon–4:30). Volunteers must be age 16 or older. A two-week minimum half-day commitment is required for Summer Camp Aides and five weeks is required for Teaching Assistants.