Events for all ages at the EcoCenter

06/17/2017, 10:30 am

Visit the EcoCenter in Spring and Summer 2017 to enjoy free public learning programs!




Upcoming Events:

Shapes of Nature Art Exhibit and Reception with Linda Curtis
Saturday, July 15th, 10:30-12:30 pm - Free!
Refreshments will be served
Please join us for the opening reception of "Shapes of Nature". The artist, Linda Curtis, makes her home near Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where she is inspired by the majestic redwoods, landscapes, and botanical diversity around her. Curtis' paintings capture the ephemeral qualities of California landscapes. The exhibit celebrates the dancing rhythms of nature through watercolor, acrylic, and water-based oil paintings.



Past events:

Culture and Nature Series #3: Hula Dancing, Crafts, & Nature 
Saturday, June 17th, 10:30-12:00 pm - Free!
Location:
EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcardero Road, Palo Alto

The art of hula places great importance on nature. Come explore Hawaiian culture's connection with the environment. Enjoy a hula demonstration and lesson, and learn how Hawaiians practice stewardship when gathering materials for leis and other adornments. The event includes: Hula demonstration of kahiko and 'auana styles, an overview of hula basics and a simple hula kahiko lesson, discussion of Hula adornments (leis) and gathering of materials in nature, and the importance of nature to hula dancers.
Participants will also get to make a hands-on craft with the kukui nut to take home!

Plankton Exploration!
Saturday, May 20th, 10:30-12:30 pm - Free!
Location: EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcardero Road, Palo Alto
Collect, examine, and identify plankton from the San Francisco Bay! This program will underscore the importance of plankton as the foundation of the food web with the help of a "Plankton Jenga" activity and show how some of the world's largest animals depend directly on these microscopic organisms.


Saturday, April 29, 2:00-4:00 pm: Nature & Culture Series #2: Ohlone Crafts

Location: Cooley Landing Education Center, 2100 Bay Road, East Palo Alto
Come and join us to discover how the local Ohlone lived and prospered in the Bay Area before freeways, supermarkets, and cell phones! Learn how the Ohlone fished, hunted, and harvested while maintaining a fine balance with their environment. Participants will get to make Ohlone crafts such as a reed boat and duck to take home. 

Saturday, April 15, 10:30 am-12:30 pm: Baylands Beautification
In honor of Earth Day, we invite you to help us spruce up the beautiful Baylands habitat around the EcoCenter! We welcome all ages to help us remove litter and non-native plants. Please bring work clothes, sun protection, and a water bottle. Some tools and work gloves will be available to borrow, and there will be plenty of cold water to drink! RSVP appreciated, but not required. Please email Brittany@EVols.org.

Sunday, April 2, 1-3 pm: Artists Beyond Obvious, Opening Reception

Artists Beyond Obvious formed in 2005 as a group of professional artists that meets weekly to view each other’s work and practice the craft of critical analysis. This exhibition features the work of local artists inspired by nature’s subtleties. A portion of all sales benefits Environmental Volunteers. Refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, March 25, 2-4 pm: Pipil Culture & Crafts of El Salvador: Nature & Culture Series #1
Location: Cooley Landing Education Center, 2100 Bay Road, East Palo Alto
Join us for a journey in time to learn how the Pipil from El Salvador lived and thrived in a rich environment. A people long gone, their history can now only be found in stone and the heart of its descendants. Come and listen to the wisdom of its people through a story of how the 'god' of wind, and 'god' sun created maize. Join us and make an "offering dish" to take home as a symbol of the love of a people towards the land that birthed them.

Saturday, March 11, 1:00-3:00 pm: Ravenswood Art Show at the EcoCenter
Join us in celebration of the young artists from Ravenswood City School District! Using the theme of “Marine Ecology” as inspiration, students have created works using various media to explore connections between art and science. Art on display throughout the EcoCenter. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, March 4, 11:30-12:30: Yoga in the Baylands 
Join us for a morning of Yoga in the Baylands! We can expand our bodies' ability to move, surrounded by the peace of the Salt Marsh. Our hatha yoga session will take place on the lower deck of the EcoCenter, moving inside in case of rain. Bring a yoga mat and blanket; a few mats and blankets will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost: $10. Ages 12+.'

Saturday, February 25, 1:00-3:00 pm: Gunn High School Art Show
After visiting the Palo Alto Baylands to make observations and generate inspiration, students from the Gunn High School visual arts classes will display their work at the EcoCenter for three weeks. Students will explore the concept of abstraction and apply it to traditional landscape painting.

Saturday, February 18 10:30 am - 12:30 pm:
Baylands Scavenger Hunt
Join us on a Baylands Scavenger hunt! Participants will become Baylands "detectives" by following clues that reveal surprising facts about nature and lead to special locations along the trails.

Saturday, February 4
10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Valentine's Day Nature Art Workshop
Come to the EcoCenter for some nature arts and crafts in preparation for Valentine's Day! Participants will get to use natural watercolors made from a variety of plant materials (spinach, cabbage, berries) to decorate Valentine's Day cards. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome.

Saturday, January 21 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Plankton Exploration
Visitors will have an opportunity to collect, examine, and identify plankton from the San Francisco Bay. This program will underscore the importance of plankton as the foundation of the food web with the help of a "Plankton Jenga" activity and show how some of the world's largest animals depend directly on these microscopic organisms.