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Ways to Support the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo 

The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo has an 80-year+ legacy of inspiring a passion for science, appreciation for nature, and love of exploration for children of all ages. With your support, we can continue and expand our mission of engaging a child's curiosity in science and nature by providing early childhood experiences and science education to the community.

Teens, Become a Science Camp Assistant This Summer!

Learn more about the SCA program.(PDF, 81KB)

Download a SCA 2024 application.(PDF, 73KB)

Join Our Team as a Volunteer or Employee


Help little explorers make big discoveries in our Zoo or Museum, at our Baylands Nature Center, or during Special Events. Teenagers to Seniors are welcome to volunteer with us. 

Fill out a Volunteer Application


We'd love to have you on our team! Click the link below to learn more about career opportunities at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo.  

Guest Services Assistant - view posting and apply

Custodial Assistant - view posting and apply 

All City Career Opportunities

Make a Donation

The City of Palo Alto and the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo work together to support and enhance the Junior Museum & Zoo, and to ensure that the Junior Museum & Zoo provides an equitable and meaningful experience to visitors of all communities, backgrounds, and abilities. 

You may make a gift to the City of Palo Alto via check. Please make your checks out to the City of Palo Alto and write a comment on the check that designates which Junior Museum & Zoo Program you would like to support. You can mail your check or bring it in person to the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo at 1451 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94301.

You may make a gift to The Friends of the Junior Museum & Zoo's Annual fund. General operating support allows the Friends to allocate dollars where they are most needed and helps to fund programs that expand access to the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo and science education, like Super Family Sunday and Science Outreach.

You may also designate your gift to support the Commemorative Block Campaign for Exhibits. This helps fund exhibitions in our new and improved facility by making a commemorative gift to a donor block wall. Blocks may be custom inscribed with a name, a dedication, a memorial, or an inspirational quote. Your commemorative block will become part of a community donor wall and will be displayed for a minimum of 15 years.

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Support with your Membership: Each annual membership at the Supporting Family level provides a tax deductible gift of $100.00 that supports the operations of the Junior Museum & Zoo.

Leverage your gift with your employer: Did you know that many employers will match your donation to the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo? Corporate matching can double your impact. 

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