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Informal Education: volunteer opportunities at zoos, museums, etc.

  • California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)
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        • The California Academy of Sciences is a multifaceted scientific institution committed to leading-edge research, to educational outreach, and to finding new and innovative ways to engage and inspire the public.
        • The Academy's mission - to explore, explain and protect the natural world - extends to all corners of the institution; from a research expedition in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to a teacher training program in a California classroom, to an interactive game on the museum exhibit floor.
        • Volunteer activities include: being a guide, research, aquarium and rainforest.
  • Chabot Space and Science Center (Oakland)
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        • Chabot Space and Science Center is poised to launch into the next phase of our rich 125 year history of providing inspirational science education to the community.  With a renewed focus on informal science education, and an expanded mission to also address the issues facing planet Earth, the Center will build on our legacy of success to significantly expand the community we serve and the programs we offer.  By leveraging our significant assets, partnerships and experience, we will accomplish the strategic objectives set for next three years in a financially sustainable manner.
        • Volunteerism: From helping weekend visitors get the most out of their visit, to assisting teachers in educating future astronomers and astronauts, volunteers are a vital part of the Chabot community.
  • Exploratorium (San Francisco)
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        • A volunteer project at the Exploratorium is a marvelous opportunity to participate behind the scenes in this hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception. In exchange for contributing your time and sharing your talents, you can engage your curiosity by learning new things, interact with visitors and volunteers from around the world, and most of all, have fun!
        • The dynamic community of Exploratorium volunteers brings curiosity, enthusiasm, and dedication to its volunteer work, providing the museum with fresh perspectives and invaluable assistance. Recent volunteers have included welders, stockbrokers, architects, technical writers, research scientists, artists, teachers, and students. Everyone is welcome to submit an application, including international volunteers.
  • Oakland Zoo
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        • Interested in helping people, working with animals, and having fun? Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, share your knowledge with others, and make a difference! The Oakland Zoo is always looking for volunteers to help us in a variety of departments. Volunteer opportunities are especially exciting for individuals who are concerned about animals in captivity and the wild, conservation issues, and educating today's youth.
  • Sacramento Zoo
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        • Join the more than 1,500 dedicated individuals who help the zoo each year by doing everything from scooping ice cream to scooping of a different sort... As a part of this dedicated group, you receive more than just the satisfaction of helping the animals, you get to work with a exceptional group of individuals who share your love of animals!
  • San Francisco Zoo
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        • If you have a sincere interest in animals and their conservation, enjoy working with people, and are enthusiastic and dependable, the San Francisco Zoo Adult Volunteer Program is for you! As a volunteer, you’ll receive on-the-job training from staff and other volunteers in the project area you choose.
        • Lists “Upcoming Adult Volunteer Orientation Dates”
  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park (Redding)
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        • Turtle Bay Exploration Park educates visitors of all ages with entertaining and stimulating exhibitions and programs that interpret the complex relationships between people and their environments. Using the unique cultural, historical, and natural resources including those in the Sacramento River Region, Turtle Bay serves as a catalyst for exploring universal human experiences.
        • Volunteers are the superheros of Turtle Bay! Our 400+ volunteers on average serve a combined yearly total of 22,000 hours. We are grateful for these dedicated volunteers who help us provide many of the programs we offer to the community.
        • Volunteering at Turtle Bay is a great way to give back to our community by supporting a growing education-based cultural institution.  Active community members serve in a variety of positions, depending on personal interest and the needs of Turtle Bay.  We have a wide variety of exciting volunteer opportunities including indoor and outdoor positions, with the public and behind-the-scenes and we offer time commitments that are flexible to meet your needs; for instance weekly in the Museum or gardens or occasionally for special events, or both!
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