EcoCenter: A Community Resource for Environmental Education

The EcoCenter is the headquarters for the Environmental Volunteers and serves as a nature center open to the public. Our headquarters is also the workspace for our professional staff who direct and implement our programs in support of our mission: To promote the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education.

The EcoCenter is a community resource for environmental education. Through our location in the beautiful Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, we have expanded our mission fulfillment to offer a wide range of educational opportunities for children, adults, and families! 

To learn more about the EcoCenter's unique history, click here.

Environmental Volunteers' EcoCenter
2560 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 493-8000
For a map and directions, click here.

Admission is free!

EcoCenter Hours
Summer 2016 (Beginning 5/27):
Tuesday and Friday:   11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday:        10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The EcoCenter is closed on Monday, July 4th.

Our open hours change seasonally, with occasional closures for special events. Please check this page for up-to-date hours and information. 

EcoCenter Events
See our Events schedule for current public programs.

EcoCenter Attractions 
The EcoCenter has something for everyone. We have a variety of programs and activites for adults, families, and kids:

  • Hands-on nature activities
  • Touchscreen exhibits
  • Learning displays
  • Nature art exhibits
  • Binoculars and bird guides
  • EV Bay Tour smartphone app
  • Nature programs and hikes
  • The Marsh Cam
  • The EcoCenter on Wheels will be hitting the trails of the Baylands Nature Preserve during the EcoCenter's open hours!
  • ...and more!