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  • Share your enthusiasm for nature or astronomy with visiting school children
  • Learn about local natural history from Museum and community experts
  • Make new friends with common interests
  • Begin training at any time

What We Do

Each year, over 20,000 students, mostly from the elementary level, visit the Museum of Natural History and Sea Center. Local students as well as students from Los Angeles, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Ventura, and Buellton come to visit these wonderful campuses.

Docents bring the Museum and the Sea Center to life. At Exploration Stations in different halls, students can touch and feel the wing of an owl, the talons of a hawk, the pelt of an otter, sea stars and shells, and frequently – live insects!  Sea  Center volunteers guide student experiences with live marine animals.

Docents encourage the students to learn by observation and through inquiry.

Some docents conduct Discovery Labs for individual classes. Other docents guide Outdoor Nature Explorations.
Planetarium presenters share the wonders of the universe with students.

Planetarium presenters take students on a journey through our Solar System, including an up-close view of our Sun, Moon and planets and even our Milky Way! The live, interactive presentations often include constellations, their stories and other wonders of the Universe.

Who We Are

The Docents of this Museum are a diverse group.  We’ve chosen the Museum because of our interest in Natural History. All of us share a passion for connecting children to nature.

There are lots of perks to this job:

  • in-depth training by Museum staff
  • options for participation in programs, depending on special interests: astronomy, Chumash culture, paleontology, birds, insects, oceanography, mammals or marine life
  • monthly programs providing continuing education
  • supportive staff


  • ability to present information in an engaging way
  • finger printing for background check
  • minimum commitment: one weekday morning per week during the school year.  (T-F, 9:30 - 12:00)
  • attendance at one monthly continuing education meeting (3rd Thursday, 9:30 - 12:00)
  • attendance at one monthly "first Monday training" (1st Monday, 10:00 - 12:00)
  • Museum training can begin at anytime and is a one-on-one process.
  • Sea Center Training requires a mandatory course which includes 3 sessions.  These sessions are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings of each month, except December.  Advanced registration is required.



Museum:  Mission Canyon Campus
Kristen Carte-Smith
School and Teacher Services Manager
2559 Puesta Del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-682-4711 ext. 168
Sea Center
Sarah Todd
School and Teacher Services Coordinator
211 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-962-2526 ext. 108

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