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.

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.

Environmental Volunteers' EcoCenter
2560 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

The EcoCenter will be open President's Day Week!
(except we are closed on Thursday 2/18).
Click here for EcoCenter hours and directions.

Volunteer Training Begins January 2016! To learn more, click here.

EV is Recipient of $200,000 Game Changer Grant from the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

The EV has been selected as one of 9 bay area organizations to receive a $200,000 grant from the 50 Fund, given by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee!

The generous grant will allow 13,000 more bay area students to access environmental education field trips through the EV's Transportation Fund.

We're honored for the grant and thrilled to expand our mission to many more deserving students! To read more, click here.

We need your help. To help the EV win a chance to receive part of an additional $200,000 by February 7, you can participate in the "Play Your Part" campaign and donate your GoodCoins to us, allowing even more youth to receive environmental education field trips! Click here to cast your vote for the EV.

Summer Camp Registration is Open! Join the EV this Summer for Nature Fun!

Discover Science and Nature this Summer
: Register for the EV's Summer Day Camp programs for Grades 1-6.

The EV offers hands-on Summer Day Camp programs to inspire a love of nature through hands-on activities, field trips, and more. In 2016, we are back with 3 weeks of Explore! Camp and 2 weeks of our most popular camp - Girls in Science! New in 2016: we are also offering "Mini Camp" program!

Visit and learn about camp information, dates, and to discover discounts and weekly specials.

Early Bird Specials are available. Register and reserve your spot today!

We hope you join us for a summer of nature exploration. For more information, contact Jesse, our Summer Camp Director at (650) 493-8000 ext. 340 or by email:

Become a Nature Volunteer in Local Schools!

Volunteers are the heart of our organization.
At the EV, our volunteers deliver hands-on natural science education to 10,000 kids in classrooms, on field trips, and to people of all ages at the EcoCenter. Staff provides training, support, and comraderie to our volunteers; in fact, we think of volunteers as members of the EV family.

We'd love for you to join us in 2016. Become a volunteer and share a community dedicated to local hands-on environmental education. 

Our next volunteer training sessions begin in January and February 2016, with EcoCenter docent training dates in March.

For all the information you need, visit our volunteer page by clicking here or email

Thank you for Giving!

Thank you to all our supporters who gave to the EV this fall! It's not too late to give. Donate today to the Environmental Volunteers and bring science and nature learning into the lives of more people in our community. 

Follow our Facebook page or sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date, or click here to learn how you can support the Environmental Volunteers.

Ready to give? Donate now to support the EV's environmental education programs.

Dan Quinn Photography Exhibit and Reception

Exhibit dates: November 30, 2015 - February 26, 2016 at the EcoCenter

The EcoCenter Art Gallery is hosting a photography exhibit by Dann Quinn.

Come meet photographer Dan Quinn during his exhibition opening at the Palo Alto EcoCenter. This exhibit focuses on Stanford's Jasper Ridge Nature Preserve, a 1200 acre space along the San Andreas Fault dedicated to research and education. Quinn's photos capture the beauty, form, symmetry, and pattern of the diverse plant and animal life that exists within the preserve. Proceeds from Quinn's exhibit will support the Environmental Volunteers!

Wake Up to Nature: A Breakfast to Benefit the EV

Hold the Date:
Tuesday April 19, 2016, 8:00 - 9:00 am
Enjoy breakfast and inspiring stories about the impact of environmental education on our community. Details coming soon!

Connect with Nature

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

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