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Quasars to Sea Stars

Applications for 2020 are open!

Application deadline: Friday, May 22, 2020

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Quasars to Sea Stars is a three-year work-study-volunteer program for high school teens. Participants take Museum classes and learn from professional scientists; volunteer in the community, and at the Museum & Sea Center events. Upon completion of 60 hours of volunteer service, Quasars also get paid as Museum employees for specific work shifts.

Additional Requirements:

Teacher Recommendation form - Required

Parent Recommendation form - Optional but Recommended

Copy of your most recent report card or transcript

Please send all supplemental materials to: 

A year in the life of a Quasar includes:

  • Spring and summer camping trips to places around California such as the Channel Islands and the Sierras.
  • Field trips that include fun activities like hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling.
  • Teaching others and giving public presentations on scientific concepts.
  • Creating innovative programs for the public.
  • Exploring careers related to science, nature, and museums with curators and other Museum professionals.
  • Earning community service hours.
  • Forging bonds with other local teens.
  • Having a blast!

Minimum Requirements and Commitments:

  • Must be a current 8th or 9th grader or equivalent in age, to apply
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • School year: 20 hours per month
  • Summer: 25 hours per week
  • Reliable and motivated

QUASARS is a big commitment
All participants are expected to remain active in the program year-round until graduation. Summers are intensive. The school year is more flexible, but be prepared to commit some time to the program on a weekly basis.

QUASARS is about science and nature
This program is designed to bring students into contact with scientists, naturalists, museum professionals, college programs, organizations, events, and other opportunities in the science community.

QUASARS is a job
After you complete an established number of community service hours at the Museum, you are eligible to become a Museum employee! Some paid shifts focus on scientific research while others show you the ins and outs of running a museum.

QUASARS is fun! 
Of course it's not all work and no play. Quasars go on unique field trips, explore the region, volunteer at festivals, become a part of the Museum and Sea Center community, make lasting friends, and discover their own amazing potential!

2020-2021 Program Dates:

  • Applications are due May 1, 2020
  • Interview for new Quasars: May 2, 2020
  • Program Orientation: June 15-20, 2020
  • Summer Dates: June 15-August 15, 2020
  • School Year Dates: Mid-September through the end of May.
  • Breaks: 1 month at beginning of academic school year, 2 weeks in winter, 1.5 weeks in Junee

For more information about Teen Programs

Contact Jenna Rolle, Teen Programs Manager at or 805-682-4711 ext. 172.

The Quasars to Sea Stars program is possible thanks to the support of the following corporate and foundation partners:

Edison International

The Kirby-Jones Foundation

The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation

Sea Forward Fund