Statement: To inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. Vision Statement: The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History inspires a diverse community to explore and conserve the natural and cultural wonders of the Central California Coast.
The Big Idea
The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural
History reaches far beyond its walls with various educational programs, and
aims to expand outreach to rural communities through hands-on community
science learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Programs include
LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students)
and Watershed Guardians, as well as field trips to the museum and Pacific
Grove monarch sanctuary. Funds help provide free programming, a classroom
curriculum, and bus scholarships to students and teachers under the STREAM
(Scientific Training Research, Education and Monitoring) umbrella.
This was an outstanding experience for
the students. It was wonderful to be able to integrate academic engagement
with exposing students to the magnificent natural wonders of Monterey County.
The students were truly amazed that these beautiful places were so close and
were free to enjoy. I am hoping that many will return with their families.
Most of our students rarely leave their neighborhoods and hardly ever make it
to the ocean. Even many of the staff had never been to Garland Ranch and
Carmel River Beach—folks who grew up in the Salinas Valley, children of
- Anonymous Watershed Guardians teacher