First Fridays for Homeschoolers

Welcome to First Fridays for Homeschoolers

Join us for First Fridays at the EcoCenter!

Our programs are specifically designed for homeschool learners from ages 6 - 12 who are interested in natural sciences. Discover our special interactive displays and exhibits on topics such as marine ecology, forest and ecology, power generation and more!

Docents will lead students through fun educational activities. Students will have the opportunity to get hands-on, ask questions, and explore topics at their own pace. 

When: First Friday of every month October-May
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: The EcoCenter
2560 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Registration: Click here to register
Program Fee: $5 per child, per session

For map and directions, click here.


Details for the 2017-2018 School Year:

For our First Friday for Homeschoolers program participants, we are providing the following subject areas that will progress over the course of the year by age and grade level. This will provide more age- and developmentally-appropriate programming for your child. 

Please note, as a nonprofit we are seeking ways to help provide funding for these programs, therefore we will continue to have a $5 attendance fee per student.

Visit our 2017-2018 Registration Form to complete your reservation.


2017-18 Calendar of Programs:

October 6, Investigation: Explore the environment and practice skills in observation, communication, and data collection.


November 3, Structure and Function:
Discover the variety of structures living things have for movement from a flying bird, to a running deer, to a swimming fish or even swaying grasses.


December 1, Water on the Move:
Explore the various qualities of water and how that makes it a vital part of our environment.


February 2, Foothills Ecology:
Learn about the variety of habitats and animals that can be found in the California foothills, from grasslands to redwood forests.


March 2, Marine Ecology:
Learn about how the adaptations of a variety of marine life, from tide pool creatures to the largest marine mammals, enable them to survive.


April 6, Power Generation:
Explore how we generate electricity and learn about the trade-offs, including the environmental impacts of wind, water, and solar energy.


May 4, Human Impacts:
Take an in-depth look at how we impact our environment through our waste – how is it generated, what problems it creates, and most importantly what we can do to make a positive change for the future.