Education Programs at the Museum

     The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History offers a variety of education programs for schools and youth groups. Programs can be on a variety of subjects and the programs include field trips to the Museum, classroom visits, and Museum outreach kits. We also offer students the opportunity to participate in two citizen science research programs. Please look below for more information on all of our education programs.

     If you have any questions, contact our Community Outreach Program Coordinator via e-mail or phone (831) 648-5716 ext. 20.

Field Trips and Classroom Visits

   Bring your class to the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and/or Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary for a fun, hands-on learning experience. Field trip programs are designed for classes grades Pre-K - 5, and last anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours. Field trip programs are free, however, there is a suggested donation of $1 per student.

Field Trip Programs:

Predator & Prey Adaptations, Grades K-1
Rocks and Minerals, Grade 1
Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly, Grades K-2
Fossils, Grade 2
Natural Resources of the Ohlone, Grades 3-4
Food Chains, Grade 5
To Schedule a Field Trip:

To schedule a field trip to either the Museum or Butterfly Sanctuary, please contact complete our online field trip request form, which will be submitted to our Community Outreach Program Manager, Allison Watson. If you have any questions about a field trip or class program, please contact her at (831) 648-5716 Ext. 20 or

Outreach Kits

Use items from the Museum’s collection in your classroom! Outreach kits are designed to fit any classroom’s need. Take learning to a new level and let your students hold items like quartz crystals, model skulls, whale baleen, and furs. We can create kits for almost any subject. If you would like to create an outreach kit to use in your classroom, please contact our Community Outreach Program Manager via e-mail or at (831) 648-5716 Ext. 20.


     LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) is an environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators, and volunteer groups. This hands-on program was developed to monitor the ocean and coastal ecosystems of California's National Marine Sanctuaries to increase awareness and stewardship of these important areas.

      Two distinct monitoring programs make up the core of the LiMPETS network: the Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program and the Sandy Beach Monitoring Program. Both programs are designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience the scientific process firsthand. Through research-based monitoring and standardized protocols, students develop their problem solving skills, gain experience using tools and methods employed by field scientists, and learn to analyze data. The online data entry system on the LiMPETS website allows our participants to archive their data electronically and to view and analyze their results over time. The LiMPETS network provides authentic, hands-on coastal monitoring experiences that empower teachers, students and the community to conduct real science and serve as ocean stewards.

For more information on the LiMPETS Program please visit

If you are interested in scheduling a LiMPETS program, please contact Korissa Troxel, LiMPETS Program Coordinator, at  (831) 648-5716 ext 11 or

 Bus scholarships are available to bring students out to the monitoring sites. Please complete and return the scholarship application form below to Ann Wasser after you have scheduled your monitoring date(s).

Bus Scholarship Form


Monarch Monitoring

     Bring your students out to the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary to learn about and Monarch butterflies and collect data to help scientists learn about their overwintering habits. Students will count the number of butterflies, take weather data and look at the monarchs tree preference all based on the Xerces Society Thanksgiving Count protocols.

     This program is geared for middle school and high school students. If you are interested in booking a Monarch Monitoring program or for monarch programming for elementary school students, please contact our Community Outreach Programs Manager at (831) 648-5716 ext 20 or

Summer Camp

Have fun this summer at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History! Explore the natural world, while engaging in fun and educational activities. These programs fill up fast, so hurry and reserve your spot today. This year, the Museum is offering six fun programs for children ages 4 to 12:

Ages 4-6

Buggin' Out
Spiders, dragonflies, butterflies and bees! Discover the beauty of bugs. Take care of live insects, create a wasp nest, and be a busy bee during a week full of games and activities.
June 23 - June 27, 9am-1pm, $200 per Camper

Animal Adventures
Explore the animal kingdom through a week of adventures inside and outside the Museum. Campers will tunnel like a mole, investigate the anatomy of a fish, and discover how marine mammals keep warm during this week all about wildlife.
July 14 - July 18, 9am-1pm, $200 per Camper

Nature Guides
Ages 7-9

Art & Nature
Celebrate the beauty of art in nature! Explore the natural world of the Monterey Peninsula while photographing the wonders of the forest, painting a watercolor landscape at Lover’s Point, and making natural dyes from plants.

July 7 - July 11, 9am-3pm, $240 per Camper

Dive into a week of getting down and dirty with local plants and animals. Dissect a squid, search for sand crabs, identify local reptiles, learn to use microscopes, and test water quality as you become a wildlife biologist.
June 16 - June 20, 9am-3pm, $240 per Camper

Mad Science
There’s nothing normal during this week of weird science. Make glow in the dark paint, explore the magic of magnets and conduct edible chemistry as we get silly with science.
July 21 - July 25, 9am-3pm, $240 per Camper

Science Explorers
Ages 10-12

Engineering in Nature
How are some lizards able to walk on water? How do paper wasps nest work? Why do pine trees like fire? Discover the answers to these questions as more as we attempt to duplicate some of nature’s engineering marvels.
July 28 - August 1, 9am-3pm, $240 per Camper


​​Before and After Camp Care

The Before and After Camp Program is offered to families who need morning and afternoon supervision outside of regular camp hours. The hours for the Before Camp Program are 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. and after care will extend an hour after camp ends - 2pm for KinderCamps and 4pm for Nature Guides and Science Explorers. Families must register prior to using this service. Camp staff will be on duty to greet the children, read stories, play games before and after the regular camp day . This service is available for an additional $50 per camper per week.

Please Complete this registration form to register for summer camps! If you have any questions, please contact Allison Watson (831) 648-5716 Ext. 20.


Science Saturdays

     Science Saturdays are family friendly events that have a variety of hands-on science activities for guests of all ages to participate in. These events are FREE! Drop in any time between 11 am and 3 pm on the last Saturday of every month except May and December.

Upcoming Topics:

April 26 - Identification Day

There is no Science Saturday for the month fo May





Group Visits

     If your group includes more than 10 people, please let us know of your visit ahead of time. This enables us to make sure that more than one large group does not show up to the museum at the same time. There is a suggested donation of $2 per person from a group visit. If you would like a more guided experience for your group, the museum has volunteer docents who can answer questions and show some objects from our collection. If you have a group visiting the museum, contact our Community Outreach Program Manager via e-mail or at (831) 648-5716 Ext. 20.