Come Visit the EcoCenter
The EcoCenter is a nature center and community resource open to the public in the Palo Alto Baylands. The historic Birge Clark-designed “paddlewheel boat” building has come back to life as the home of the Environmental Volunteers, where visitors of all ages can gather to learn about and be inspired by nature.

The EcoCenter offers free environmental education through public learning programs, events, a digital touchscreen science exhibit, green building tour, and more. Visit the EcoCenter and experience nature learning up-close and hands-on. 

EcoCenter Hours
Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays:  11:00am-1:30pm
Saturday and Sunday:             10:00am-3:00pm

Need a peaceful nature break?
Check out what’s happening in the EcoCenter Marsh.

To learn more about the EcoCenter, click here.

Bike-Back-to-School Challenge
Raising funds for the EV School Scholarship Fund

Can you feel the excitement in the air?
Right now, kids are getting ready to head back to school, their backpacks filled with notepads, and sharpened pencils, ready for the challenge of a new school year.

At the same time, EV Executive Director, Allan Berkowitz, is getting ready for a different type of challenge.  On September 7, Allan will participate in a 72-mile, one-day bike tour around Lake Tahoe. Coinciding with his 15th year at EV, Allan is using the ride to draw attention to and raise funds for the Environmental Volunteers School Scholarship Fund.  Listen to Allan discuss the importance of science education, the Fund and the Challenge with Sam Van Vandt on KBAY 94.5.

You can support Allan's bike challenge and help raise funds for science education with a gift to our School Scholarship Fund.

Explore Nature through Programs at the EcoCenter

The EV is offering a range of public education events and programs at the EcoCenter. Take part in one of these upcoming public events:

Understanding Bird Song
Sunday, September 21
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Lead by author and naturalist David Lukas, this event features a short walking tour of the Baylands to practice listening and observation techniques discussed.

For more information on this and other upcoming events, ongoing exhibits, and programs, visit the Events page.

Teach a Love of Nature! Volunteer Training Sessions in 2014

Want to join an organization that teaches a love of science and the natural world? For a schedule of our Fall 2014 training classes and for more information about training click here.

Art Gallery Installation
Inspired by Land and Water

The EV EcoCenter Art Gallery is please to welcome Susan Migliore, a Mountain View oil painter, in an one-artist show beginning on September 1 running through December 1. Susan's works are serene views nature, including several inspired by locations in the Palo Alto Baylands. Her works capture the beauty of the open spaces around Silicon Valley. Works on display will be available for purchase with 25% of the proceeds going to support the Environmental Volunteers.

An opening reception featuring the artist is scheduled for Saturday, September 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Please join us!

Give the Gift of Nature Learning: Donate to the Environmental Volunteers

The EV's hands-on science and nature learning programs are reaching new audiences in local schools, on field trips, at our fun summer camp, and at the newly restored EcoCenter.

We couldn't do it without you. Donate now and give the gift of nature learning to the community now and for years to come.You can help the EV bring science and nature learning to children, families, and adults. Give today.

Your support will inspire a love of science and nature in people of all ages.
Thank you!

"Take This Walk With Me" by Dr. Barbara Callison
A Book for Inspiring a Love of Nature in Children!

"Take This Walk with Me" by Dr. Barbara Callison is a book that encourages parents and adults to bring children on meaningful walks outdoors to inspire a love of nature in young people.

The book includes useful tips, questions, and explorations activities designed to spark a child's curiosity and help them discover the wonders of the natural world. Barbara shares wisdom from her experience as a science instructor and longtime EV. Also included is music by Susanne Mulcahy.

Click here to purchase your copy through Amazon. Proceeds benefit the Environmental Volunteers!

Fun Nature Facts

Did You Know? Large schools of sardines on exhibit tend to swim against the current during the day, but turn around to conserve energy at night when not feeding. If you have any fun facts to share with the EV community, email or post it on our Facebook page.

Photo Credits:

EcoCenter: Nicolas Prade 
Give the Gift of Nature Learning: Nicolas Prade
Junior Naturalist Program: Rebecca Geraldi