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, including its history, click here.

The EcoCenter
2560 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 493-8000
For a map and directions to the EcoCenter, click here.

Admission is free.

Our open hours change seasonally. Please check this page for up-to-date hours and information.

EcoCenter Hours
We are open Monday May 30th, 10 am - 3 pm for Memorial Day!

Spring 2016:

Friday:   11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday:        10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Summer 2016 (Beginning 5/31):
Tuesday and Friday:   11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday:        10:00 am - 3:00 pm

*The EcoCenter will be closed on June 12th for a Teen Docent Training event. To learn more, email

See our Events schedule for current programs and additional information.