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Earth Day Celebration and Spring Boutique at the NHM April 21st from 11am to 3pm
Earth Day Celebration and Spring Boutique at the NHM April 21st from 11am to 3pm

It’s our 18th Annual Earth Day Celebration!

Please join us for the Grand Re-Opening of The Natural History Museum of Santa Maria on Saturday, April 21st from 11am to 3pm.

We’re doing some much needed repairs and renovations to this historical landmark in Santa Maria and we’re excited to begin the year with a fresh look. This year’s Earth Day Celebration will be extra special as we will have some new things to share with a fun filled day of programs, performances and education of the Natural World. Come and help us Celebrate Mother Earth!

The Celebration will feature Conservation and Natural World education, music and arts entertainment including Magic show, Righetti High School Choir and more plus refreshments. We also invite you to shop with a variety of local vendors and businesses who are also donating a portion of their proceeds and/or donation items as raffle prizes to the museum.

This annual event proceeds helps benefit the Natural History Museum. Your generosity and support allows us to make much needed repairs, maintain our exhibits and Native Garden, “keeps the lights on” and allows us to continue to provide our various outreach programs to our local schools.

The Natural History Museum is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization. We are 100% volunteer staffed due to the commitment of our volunteers and we’re able to do this through donations, fundraising events like this, grants and sponsorships.

We are always in need of volunteers! If you are a student, retired professional or someone who just loves the Natural World and interested in volunteering as a docent or for special events please leave us a PM here on Facebook and one of our board members will get back to you ASAP.

 Are You A Nature Lover?

The Natural History Museum is currently accepting applications for new Docents & Volunteers. We’re a 100% volunteer based organization and operate year round through the contributions and efforts of those who support the NHM with their time and enthusiasm for the Natural World. If you have an interest in becoming a Docent or volunteer for the Natural History Museum we would like to talk with you. No experience is necessary. Just a willingness to learn and share your love of Natural History.

Prospective Docents need to be at least 18 years of age. If you’re a teen age nature lover we are also accepting applications for High School students for our new VolunTeen program.

All prospective volunteers will be subject to background screen and interview.

If you’d like to get involved with the Natural History Museum please contact us here to fill out an application.

Also come like our Facebook Fan Page!


This Is How Our Garden Grows…

The Native Garden at the Natural History Museum of Santa Maria is in full bloom. It has been a few years since the opening of the Native Garden and we’re very excited with the progress and growth of the garden. The pictures don’t tell the whole story. You have to come see it and smell all the wonderful scents for yourself!



Calling All Collectors

Are you a collector? Do you have an amazing collection you would like to share with the public? The Natural History Museum of Santa Maria is looking for collections to feature in our collectors exhibit. Collection submissions can range from the natural history focused to the whimsical or traditional.

If you’re interested in sharing your collection with us, please contact us here with a brief summary of your collection along with photos.