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:

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

Junior Naturalist Program Series
Fall registration is now open!

This popular afterschool program open to kids in grades 3 - 5 begins on November 5. Students learn about Baylands ecology, bird science, marine science, and early California Indians. Over the course of the program, students have the opportunity to catch and study fish and invertebrates from the San Francisco Bay, build a fire using traditional methods, meet live birds of prey, and participate in many other hands-on activities.

For additional information on the program can be found here.

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 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.

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