Our Volunteer Program is Expanding – Join Our Team!

If you enjoy sharing science and natural history with students and families, consider joining our volunteer team. 

We have long- and short- term opportunities available for students, individuals, and family groups.  As a volunteer you will enjoy full training and a friendly and rewarding environment. You’ll experience exciting museum exhibits, learn from curators and educators, and have the sincere appreciation of the museum staff. Most importantly, you will be helping our visitors spark a passion for science.

Volunteer Opportunities

Paleo Guides
Like dinosaurs and fossils?  Paleo Guides staff exploreLab, an interactive education and exhibit space that provides hands-on activities with real fossils, bones and casts, fossil prep experiences, and a multi-period dinosaur dig site for younger visitors.

Paleo Guides play a crucial role in our visitors’ experience.  Guides introduce activities, lead prep experiences, and offer both background and specialized knowledge about the subjects presented (full training is provided). 

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Gallery Guides
Gallery Guides work with our visitors to bring traveling exhibits to life, with hands-on activities, spotlight tours, and information about the exhibit and related topics.  Through January 13, we are hosting DaVinci: Machines and Robotics, which brings Leonardo’s creative genius to life. Reconstructed from his drawings and manuscripts are nautical, hydraulic and architectural innovations, flying machines, bicycles, scuba suits and more. In addition to showcasing Leonardo’s breathtaking genius, this interactive exhibit inspires today’s creative thinker, and underscores the importance of experimentation and persistence.

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Discovery Center Docents
Cranbrook Institute of Science is currently looking for docents to help staff the Family Discovery Center every Sunday. Join us as we tap into the vast Institute resources and ignite a passion for learning – whether working directly with our guests or building content behind the scenes – we need your skills! The Family Discovery Center team creates a comfortable space where families explore real objects and scientific methods. Please be willing to dedicate 4 hours per month to the Family Discovery Center.

Special Events Volunteers
Being a volunteer does not require a lot of your time. Consider becoming a Special Events Volunteer and help bring science to life during our holiday and special programs.  This is a great way to explore new science topics, fulfill community service requirements, and enjoy the satisfaction of giving back without a long-term commitment. When you become a volunteer we will contact you when an event nears to see if you’re available.

Become a volunteer
Contact Janet Beylin at 248-645-3748, or CIS_volunteer@cranbrook.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

 
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