Nature Notes

Welcome to Nature Notes. Here you will find stories and updates from Environmental Volunteers programs and see natural science education in action. Stay tuned as we add more content!

Resources for Parents and Teachers

The Environmental Volunteers love to bring fun, hands-on activities into school classrooms and lead kids on field trips in nature. Now that all of our classrooms have moved to our... Read More

EV Special Project Days

Scissors? Check.   Glue gun? Check. Laminator? Check. Chocolates? Check. It’s Special Project Day – Morning at the EcoCenter!  Volunteers get to clean, fix-up, re-stock, repair... Read More

Backyard Circle Space Observation

An activity I’ve used in the elementary classroom focuses attention in a defined area. Using a jump rope, outline a circle area outside on the ground – grassy area or... Read More

Solar and Wind Update: Kit and Otherwise

Solar Panels on top of the EcoCenter. Our favorite advantages/disadvantages kits were created over five years ago, so I, the lucky intern, got the privilege of conducting research to see... Read More

Birding By the Book

By Larry Spivak How did I become a birder?  Well, quite simply, I spent most of my younger life in the woods. Vacation meant camping all over California. Summer meant... Read More

Wake Up to Nature Keynote

Sapphira Butler with Dr. Jorge Ramos at Wake Up to Nature in Campbell Hi, My name is Sapphira and I’m a teacher from Australia. I moved to the Bay Area at... Read More

Squid Empire Book Review

California Market squid – NOAA One of the many popular EV kits used for school services is “Squid Dissection.” For those of you who shy away from presenting this kit... Read More

6th Grade Science Day

February 26th and 27th dawned unexpectedly warm and sunny, which turned out to be just perfect for the large groups of 6th-grade students that arrived at our EcoCenter. As part... Read More