Inspiring a Love of Science and Nature

About Us

It is vitally important that every child experience the wonders of the natural world so that they might become stewards of our shared environment.Allan Berkowitz,       Executive Director

Environmental Volunteers promotes the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education. We train volunteers to teach natural science in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties through:


  • Each year, our volunteers teach 10,000 children through over 500 classroom programs and 125 field trips. Classroom programs are offered to grades K-6 and meet State of California science education requirements.


  • The EV’s headquarters is the EcoCenter, a public nature center and education resource in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. We provide public education programs to visitors and community groups.


  • Science By Nature is a collaboration program and website administered by the EV, allowing educators to search and sign up for local nature education programs from a list of collaborating organizations.

School Programs by the Numbers:

  • 10,000 children learn from and have fun participating in our programs each year

  • 60 schools in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties receive annual services

  • 350 teachers benefit from classroom programs throughout the school year

  • 100 trained volunteers provide lively, hands-on learning opportunities for students

  • 9 natural sciences subject areas come alive in hands-on lessons on topics such as Baylands Ecology, Earthquake Geology, Energy and Natural Resources, Nature in Your Neighborhood, and more

  • 45 years of serving Bay Area children since our founding in 1972