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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History


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 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 farmworkers.

- Anonymous Watershed Guardians teacher

We Did It, Together!

Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.