Two Q?rius volunteers holding a geode

Q?rius volunteers help visitors with interactive science activities, facilitate experiments and engage visitors in conversation about science and the natural world. Smithsonian photo by Wei Qian.

Are You Interested in Nature? Are You Curious?

Then Q?rius (pronounced “curious”) is the place for you.

Consider joining our dedicated volunteer team that encourages visitor exploration in fun, experimental, and creative activities. Q?rius was created for 11-to-18-year-olds to deepen their interest in nature, culture, and science. Through real-world questions with scientists, and interactions with thousands of authentic objects, visitors can unleash their curiosity with surprising results.

We provide the training, you provide the passion!

Training will include:

  • Discovering behind-the-scenes scientific research
  • Exploring activity content
  • Understanding the museum education approach
  • Working with multi-generational visitors
  • Examining scientist communication techniques.

We are seeking:

  • Long term volunteers who can make a commitment of two, four-hour shifts per month for at least one year
  • Short term volunteers who can make a commitment of four shifts per month for at least three months.

Submit your application online.

For more information, email NMNHVolunteer@si.edu.