Explore! Summer Camp

Join us this summer for an exciting new program where campers will make friends, try new things, and explore the natural world. Each week, campers will experiment with fun, hands-on science concepts and have the choice of recreational activities like sports, games, arts, drama, and dance.

Our programs rotate weekly and are offered in two series dependent upon age. The final week is dedicated to a girls-only science experience.

Explore! Summer Camps


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
Saturday and Sunday:
Monday, Thursday and Friday:
................11:00am - 1:30pm

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!

There is still time to get involved?
Our volunteer training series continues with the EcoCenter Docent training on Saturday, May 9 starting at 9:30 AM.  

You can still register for this EcoCenter series online or by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Adriana Rodriguez, at (408) 244-2449  ext. 102.

For more information about EV volunteering click here.

Art Gallery Installation
Peter Taber Watercolors

The EcoCenter Art Gallery welcomes watercolorist, Peter Taber, in his first solo exhibition running Saturday, March 7 through Saturday, May 30.

Peter cites nature as a driving force behind his imagination. Drawn to the beauty of the Palo Alto Baylands, Peter is frequent vistior to the Baylands, coming 3 - 4 times per week to exercise, walk his dogs and paint. The Baylands have become his outdoor studio. Inspired by the wide open and expansive space of the marsh and wetlands, Peter's watercolors are impressionistic and representational images the landscape and preserve inhabitants. His works convey the feeling of that moment: that profound pause when we see and experience something magnificent. Peter is a member of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society and the Hawaii Watercolor Society.

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.


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 Communications@EVols.org 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