Mission 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 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 farmworkers.
- Anonymous Watershed Guardians teacher