Consider making the gift of your time and talent as a volunteer.

cable-museum-volunteersVolunteers at the Museum perform a range of important educational and administrative duties vital to the Museum’s operation. You don’t need to be an expert – just be interested and we’ll find a way to put your time and energy to good use!


Educational Programs
Program volunteers assist with Museum programming throughout the year, whether it be leading a program, setting up for an event, teaching a workshop, or helping to support an activity at a Junior Naturalist program.

Special Events
Volunteers staff and support a variety of fundraising events through out the year, including exhibit openings, our semi-annual garden tour, annual benefit dinner and silent auction, and benefit dessert lecture.

Special Projects
Volunteers are often required on an as-needed basis for a variety of special projects, such as the Museum Shop support when replenishing inventory, bulk-mailing assistance, exhibit construction and data entry. All Museum departments require occasional assistance with a variety of tasks.

Museum Docents
Docents receive training about Museum exhibits and collections and are prepared to greet museum visitors and answer their questions about current exhibits and programs. Volunteer docents also may lead interpretive field trips.

General Office Assistance
Volunteers answer telephones, count Museum visitors, file correspondence, and answer general inquiries.

Landscape Maintenance
Volunteers help with the care and maintenance of the Mary Griggs Burke Outdoor Classroom and Museum landscaping. Volunteers assist in maintenance at the Nestle Property and the Forest Lodge Nature Trail.

Data Entry
Volunteers are needed to log our visitor guest book information into a Microsoft Access database. This project could also be done from home with the appropriate software or can be done in the Museum’s office. Instruction on logging the information is quite simple and can be taught to those not experienced in Access.

Volunteers are needed to archive all past newsletters. The project could be done from home provided the volunteer had appropriate computer knowledge and the appropriate software. The volunteer would meet with the staff to determine the project format and the necessary information to be included. This would be a great project for those interested in learning more about the history of the Museum and the natural world.


Beda McKinney, Volunteer Coordinator

bedaBeda has been a dedicated volunteer and supporter of the Museum for many years. She is actively involved in many community projects and knows the Cable community well.

The volunteer coordinator at the Museum is itself a volunteer position. As coordinator, Beda helps the Museum line up volunteers to work at our programs and events, assist with administrative duties, and fill in when regular staff members cannot.

To learn more about volunteering at the Cable Natural History Museum, contact us.