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PETALUMA WILDLIFE AND NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Natural History & Natural Science Museums

Mission: Inspring the next generation through practical environmental education and conservation.

Results: Over 100,000 elementary school students have toured our facility. Some of those students have become the 1000 + high school students who have completed our yearlong courses on wildlife and museum management. Some of those are now changing the world.

Target demographics: All ages learn about and enjoy the natural world,

Geographic areas served: Bay Area, Sonoma County

Programs: museum tours, summer camps, intensive high school courses in wildlife and museum management.

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing. I am a high school student volunteer and docent for the Petaluma Wildlife Museum. I have been doing this since my freshman year, and i'm going into my junior year. I plan on staying here for as long as I stay in Petaluma. The museum is run entirely by volunteers, and the vast majority of those volunteers are high school students. It's a high school student-run operation, and it's fabulous to get the youth involved. The volunteers and docents [also all high school students] are very well trained, and we learn to be very good at teaching others about wildlife and wildlife conservation. The kids who work here are learning incredible leadership skills, public speaking skills, animal husbandry and care, and how to communicate with their peers and people who want to learn more. I have learned incredibly valuable life skills here, simply by doing it. The place itself is incredible, with an insane amount of animal mounts and almost 100 live animals covering a wide range of species. A fabulous place.