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, Winter and Spring 2014

Start Date Training Course (see Course Descriptions below)Location
1/10/2014Explorations in Ecology
Fridays 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter
2560 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303 Map
3/6/2014Living in California
Thursdays, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Environmental Volunteers South Bay Office 
4020 Moorpark Ave., San Jose, CA 95117
Map
5/3/2014EcoCenter Docent Training
Saturdays 5/3, 5/10, 5/17
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter
2560 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303 Map

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Course Descriptions

Classes meet one day a week for six to seven weeks. Each courses covers a portion of either the classroom activities or field trips for the nine subject areas of our School Programs,

  • Explorations in Ecology (Classroom 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 (Classroom Course – 6 weeks)

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

  • Field Trip Training (1 session for each site) Covers the basics of leading groups on nature walks through all six of our field trip sites: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve; Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve; Los Trancos Open Space Preserve; Fitzgerald Marine Reserve; Huddart Park; and Stevens Creek Park. Prerequisite: Trainees must have taken or be taking a classroom course.
  • EcoCenter Docent Training (2 weeks)
    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 2 shifts 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.