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Volunteer in Butterfly Lab

Volunteers are vital to our mission of creating positive relationships between people and nature.

They work throughout the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to take care of our critters, engage our visitors throughout our exhibits, preserve our historic collections, and so much more.

Regardless of their role, all Nature Museum volunteers must have:

  • A commitment to our mission
  • A genuine passion for nature and science
  • A friendly personality and positive attitude
  • An active email address that is checked frequently

Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities at the Nature Museum. We invest a lot of time in bringing new volunteers on board and finding the right fit for their interests, talents, and schedules. Please know that it may take up to two months to become an official Nature Museum volunteer. If you have an urgent need for service hours, we encourage you to seek out other opportunities. 

Please note: The Nature Museum will be closed until further notice due to city- and state-wide efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you would like to volunteer with us, please check back at a future date.

Once we reopen, we will resume interviewing new volunteer candidates.

*Please note, due to our background check process, a valid US Social Security number is required to volunteer at the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

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