Many rewarding and satisfying volunteer opportunities exist at Discovery Center. Our volunteers make a difference at the museum and in our community. For more information, you can email us at volunteer@discoverycentermuseum.org or call (815) 963-6769.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Special Event Volunteers

This program provides opportunities for high school students to assist with event activities and interact with museum visitors. Special event volunteers help run an activity station – activities may include a game, art project, or science experiment.
Complete a Volunteer Application form here.


Group/Corporate Volunteers

Associated Bank VolunteersThere is strength in numbers, and Discovery Center wants to give your group an opportunity to be a part of the Rockford community and give back. Group volunteers assist the museum staff with family learning activities and exhibit maintenance. Here are just a few projects your group may be asked to help with – maintaining exhibits, cleaning and painting museum spaces, preparing materials for classes and workshops, and/or helping at special events. Group volunteers must be 14 years or older.



How do I become a volunteer?

Special event volunteers should complete our online volunteer application. If businesses want their employees to volunteer as a group, no application is needed. Simply email volunteer@discoverycentermuseum.org.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Special event volunteer opportunities are for high school students. Group volunteers must be 14 years or older.

What do volunteers do at the museum?

Special event volunteers at Discovery Center interact with museum visitors and assist staff with running an activity station at special events. Group volunteers may assist staff with exhibit maintenance, preparing materials for classes and events, and/or helping at special events.

What is expected of me while I am volunteering?

We expect our volunteers to be friendly and flexible and most importantly, to have FUN!  In addition, we ask you to be on time, be prepared to work and learn, and be professional.

Why should I volunteer at Discovery Center Museum?

In addition to a sense of self-fulfillment and helping out in your community, volunteering lets you meet new people, gain new skills and knowledge, fulfill service hour requirements and explore different career paths.