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 building was remodeled using innovative, eco-friendly technologies and techniques.

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:  
Saturday and Sunday:
The EcoCenter will be closed for the holidays beginning on Thursday, December 25 reopening on Saturday, January 3.  Beginning in January, the EcoCenter will be operating on our winter hours and will be open on weekends only for the months of January and February.

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

Teach a Love of Nature! Volunteer with us!

Want to join an organization that teaches a love of science and the natural world?
Our next volunteer training series, Explorations in Ecology, launches Friday, January 23, 2015. Topics covered includes: All About Birds, Forest and Foothills Ecology, Nature in Your Neighborhood, Marine Ecology, and Baylands Ecology.  

You can register for this EcoCenter series online or by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Adriana Rodriguez, at (650) 493-8000 ext. 344.

For more information about EV volunteering click here.

Art Gallery Installation
Birds of the Baylands

The EcoCenter Art Gallery welcomes Charin Park to a one-artist show featuring working in various medium on Bayland birds. Currently a freshman at Saratoga High School (SHS), Charin's works have won national recognition and awards by various groups including the Audubon Society. Charin's works are of native birds found in the Bay Area including the Baylands. In addition to painting, Charin is a water polo player for SHS and active in EnPower - the EV Environmental Leadership Board for teens.

Meet Charin at a reception on Saturday, January 17 from 1:00 - 3:00PM.  This event is open to the public.

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.

"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