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
Saturdays 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.

For event details, including map and directions, click here.

Enjoy our latest video from Wake Up to Nature

Learn more about the impact of the Environmental Volunteers with school students and the community in this video.

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:

Creatures of the Marsh!
August 31, 1:30pm - 3pm

This free EcoCenter event is open to
all ages and includes a nature walk through
the marshlands.

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.

Announcing Our Newest Program
Nature Education for Toddlers and Preschoolers

The EV is excited to announce that we now offer nature discovery programs for toddlers and their parent or caregiver. Programs are offered in collaboration with Wonderbug Adventures,  an organization that provides nature and science discovery programs for toddlers and preschoolers. We invite you to introduce your little adventurers to the natural wonders found in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.

For information and to register for the Little Adventurers series coming this May, Click Here

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