Spring at the EcoCenter: Nature Learning at its Best!

by Eric McKee, Education Programs Coordinator

When the EV opened the doors to the EcoCenter last July, we envisioned the center as a hub for environmental learning:

a place where people of all walks of life could gather to learn about and immerse themselves in the natural world.

Today, less than a year since the Grand Opening, that vision has become a reality with a vibrant series of public events that have enthused and inspired visitors. April and May were no exception!

To celebrate Earth Day, the EV partnered with 7 local conservation organizations to provide a free day of games, crafts, demonstrations, and learning stations that drew over 250 people!

At the EcoCenter, visitors young and old were treated to the EV's signature hands-on activities. Some learned about tectonic plates by moving sections of a globe, others took delight in powering CFL and incandescent light bulbs with a hand crank, and some tried their hand at creating rope out of natural fibers.

The following weekend, our featured gallery artist, Salvatore Ventura, held a public reception to showcase his current photography exhibition, "A Place of Magic", which showcases unique perspectives and often overlooked glimpses of the Palo Alto Baylands. Over 70 people came out meet Salvatore and learn more about his artistic process.

In May, the EV offered the first-ever "Bird Photography In The Field" workshop, where 15 photographers of all skill levels had the chance to try their hand at photographing birds, working with modern equipment and software, and applying techniques for shooting in the field. At the end of the workshop, participants were treated to a very special subject-a Peregrine falcon perched atop the EcoCenter-posing for our cameras!

For updates on more exciting programs, be sure to check our website and Facebook page regularly. We hope you join us for one of our many enriching programs this summer and beyond.