Share your passion for science and nature with Museum guests! VolunTEENS develop skills in public speaking, science literacy, and teamwork, all while collaborating with other local teens. VolunTEENS gain community service hours needed to graduate high school while experiencing the Museum’s Backyard exhibit behind the scenes and having fun!

VolunTEENS interact with guests of all ages at interpretive tables, facilitate science games, and help kids connect to nature throughout the Backyard. VolunTEENS should be prepared to get their hands dirty and share an excitement for nature with guests.

Museum VolunTEENS exploring the Mission Creek

Applications open!

Teens age 13–17 can apply now.


  • 13–17 years old
  • Available for one 3-hour volunteer shift per week. Shifts take place on Saturdays and Sundays during Museum hours 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. 
  • Commit to one shift per week for 10 weeks 
  • Reliable and motivated. VolunTEENS commit to checking their email each week.

VolunTeen help kids connect to nature throughout the Backyard, Teen holding the Mystery box

Application Process

First, fill out our online application. Parents and guardians can help proofread, but please allow your teen to complete the application in their own words. Next, we will contact you for an interview. If selected, you will attend our VolunTEEN training and then get started!

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline to join the April–June session is March 22, 2024.

VolunTEENS presenting tours to museum guests

For more information about VolunTEENS:

Contact Charlie Thrift, Teen Programs Manager at cthrift@sbnature2.org or 805-682-4711 ext. 170.