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.





Penny Project


Your contributions towards our Penny Project will help us maintain our Native Garden.

For more information on the Native Garden please click here.

Penny Project

In Memoriam

Onorina “Rena” Perry

Co-Founder, The Natural History Museum of Santa Maria

Onorina Rollini Perry passed away suddenly but peacefully on October 15. Rena was born January 24, 1928 in Santa Maria to John and Caterina Rollini. She grew up on her parent’s dairy farm and attended Santa Maria High School, class of 1946. She married a Santa Maria native, Samuel (Sam) Perry, an officer in the Army Air Corps, during World War II. They had one child, Virginia. Rena and Sam built their own home on Miller Street where she was still living happily until her death.

Rena was much beloved and remembered as a Camp Fire Girls leader and a member of the Miller Street Mother’s Club. She was an inspiring home maker and a dedicated fruit and vegetable gardener. She knit and sewed many items for her family, most notably her granddaughter Lindy’s wedding dress. Rena was a patient teacher, and especially enjoyed teaching her granddaughters and great-grandsons how to make her blackberry pie. Pies made from her backyard fruit were favorites of everyone who knew her.

Rena and Sam founded Perry’s Electric Motors & Control in 1967. She was active in the business until it was sold after Sam’s passing in 1989. She and her daughter founded the Natural History Museum, Santa Maria, in 1996 and she volunteered there as secretary/treasurer and as a docent until the week of her passing. Also in retirement Rena enjoyed traveling through the United States with her women friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Perry Souza; her granddaughters, Angela Hoxsey, Paula Stein and Lindy Boisvert; grandsons-in-law David Hoxsey and Joel Boisvert; and great grandsons Ellis Boisvert, Samuel Boisvert and Matthew Stein.