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:
................10:00 am - 3:00 pm
................11:00 am - 1:30 pm

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

Teach a Love of Nature: Volunteer with the EV!

Join Us and Share Your Love of Science and Nature

Our volunteer training continues with the Living in California series on Monday, October 26 starting at 9:00 am at the EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands.

In this series, you will learn how to teach hands-on learning kits about earthquake geology, water science and conservation, early California Indian life, and energy and nature resources. No prior experience required. The training is open to everyone; even if you do not become an Environmental Volunteer, though we hope you do!

You can register for this EcoCenter series online or by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Nikki Rowe, at or 408-244-2449 ext. 102.

For more information about volunteering with the EV, click here.

ONE TREE photography exhibit by Nancy Mueller

Exhibit dates: August 30 - November 30, 2015 at the EcoCenter

The EcoCenter Art Gallery is hosting a photography exhibit by Nancy Mueller and Photographer-in-training, Tinsley Rollins, featuring a study of Eucalyptus spathulata in the Baylands.

Nancy Mueller has traveled the globe photographing unusual wildlife, the depths of the ocean, and indigenous cultures. The study "ONE TREE" narrows her focus to a single tree just steps away from the EcoCenter. Joined by her 8-year-old granddaughter, Photographer-in-training Tinsley Rollins, Mueller captured the unexpected beauty of this tree and its fascinating neighborhood.

100% of proceeds from the ONE TREE exhibit will support the Environmental Volunteers!

Women in Science: Hands-on Learning for Girls in Grades 3 - 5

October, September 26th, 1-4 pm
at the EcoCenter
FREE program for girls in grades 3 - 5
To register, click here.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to power our communities? Join the EV and The Energy Coalition at the EcoCenter for this installment of Women in Science!

Participants will learn what it takes to manage energy and water in their homes, schools, and communities by making their very own circuit that can power fans and motors using the sun's energy.

For more information, click here or contact

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.         

Photo Credits:

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