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

Saturday and Sunday:
................10:00 am - 3:00 pm
................11:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Need a peaceful nature break?

Check out what’s happening in the Baylands on our live Marsh Cam.

#GivingTuesday: December 1, 2015

We have all heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But have you heard of #GivingTuesday? It's a global movement to give back. On this #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2015 support the Environmental Volunteers and bring science and nature learning into the lives of more people in our community. 

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

Follow our Facebook page or sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date, and to learn how you can give back to the Environmental Volunteers on this #GivingTuesday!

December 12: Winter Craft Workshop

Saturday December 12, 2015
10:00 - 12:30 pm
at the EcoCenter
FREE program for all ages!
To register, click here.

Join us for a special interactive DIY craft project! Visitors will have have the opportunity to create their very own driftwood picture hanger, just in time for the holidays! Volunteers will be on-site to help visitors assemble their own picture hangers, using natural rescoures. Bring the family, all ages welcome!

For more information, click here or contact

Dan Quinn Photography Exhibit and Reception

Reception: Saturday, December 5, 2015 1:00- 3:00pm
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!

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, in the community, at our fun summer camp, and at the newly restored EcoCenter.

We're thankful for your support. We couldn't do it without you!

In the months to come, we will show our gratitude by sharing with you the touching stories from the many children, teachers, families, volunteers, teens, and people of all ages we serve

You can help the EV bring science and nature learning to children, families, and adults. Give today.         

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!

Photo Credits:

EcoCenter: Nicolas Prade
Teach a Love of Nature: Nicolas Prade
ONE TREE: Nancy Mueller
Give the Gift of Nature Learning: Rebecca Geraldi