Volunteer Training

Environmental Volunteers provides all of the required training you need when you become a volunteer. Our training courses cover the science content and how to work with students of a variety of ages. All of our learning activities were designed to meet state science education standards. Training sessions are scheduled throughout the year.

Training Schedule, Fall 2016

Start Date Training Course (see Course Descriptions below)Location
1/26/2017Stewardship in Action
Seven Thursdays beginning January 26th through March 9th
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
South Bay Office
1210 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA
3/6/2017Explorations in Ecology
Seven Mondays beginning March 6th through April 17th
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Palo Alto Baylands Preserve
2560 Embarcadero Road 
Palo Alto, CA
TBCEcoCenter Docent

Palo Alto Baylands Preserve
2560 Embarcadero Road 
Palo Alto, CA

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Course Descriptions

Classes meet one day a week for duration of the training.  All courses cover the science content and the teaching or interpretation skills necessary for working with your audience.

  • Explorations in Ecology (School Programs Course – 7 weeks)

    Covers Baylands Ecology, Forest and Foothills Ecology, Marine Ecology, Nature in Your Neighborhood (Urban Ecology), and All About Birds.

  • Living in California (School Programs Course – 6 weeks)

    Covers Earthquake Geology, Water Science and Conservation, Early California Indian Life, and Energy and Natural Resources.

  • EcoCenter Docent Training (1 day)
    This course will teach you about the plants and animals found at the Baylands, the hands on activities from the Environmental Volunteers materials library, and the educational resources of the EcoCenter iteself.

Classes are open to anyone, even if you don’t choose to become an Environmental Volunteer. They can be a great way to learn more about the environment and pass along these concepts to the children in your life.

Course Fees

Please contact us for more details on the course fee.

For School Program volunteers who make a time commitment of at least 3 hours a month, and for EcoCenter Docents who make a time commitment of at least 1 shift a month, we offer subsidized course fees as follows:

$75 for the first school programs training course
$50 for the second school programs training course
$25 for EcoCenter Docent training course
All three training courses will cost $150

For those taking Environmental Volunteers training courses for their personal continuing education, the course fee is:

$200 for each school programs training course
$75 for EcoCenter Docent training course

Course fees help cover the cost of our training materials, expert lecturers, and staff time.

Scholarships are available.

What about Field Trips?

Taking students on field trips to local nature preserves is a major component of our school programs. Because all of our field trips are preceeded by a classroom program, it is important for our EVs who lead the field trips to be familiar with our classroom programs. Therefore, we require those who take the field trip training be a current EV, or be enrolled in a School Programs Training Course (Living in California or Explorations in Ecology).

For current EVs or School Programs trainees, you can find a list of the field trip training dates in the weekly Volunteer Digest.