In addition to our school programs, the Environmental Volunteers engage the community through Events, Public Programs, Art Exhibits, and Community Partnerships.A
We continue to offer community programs during COVID-19. Our Event calendar remains active, our new After School Nature Walks provide a covid-19 safe family learning opportunity, and we will continue to support community partners with programs however we can!
Family Nature Walks
Environmental Volunteers’ Family Nature Walks program for 2021/2022 is designed to help students and their families get to know our local city parks and open space areas. Small family groups will be guided by a knowledgeable environmental educator during a 90-minute (covid-safe) exploration of a local park. These small groups will be introduced to fun nature-based activities, and a chance to learn more about the plants and animals all around us. Cost is $8/child for each session. Family Nature Walks are intended for children ages 6-11.
EV Trail Tours
New! Environmental Volunteers’ Trail Tours program for 2021/2022 is designed to pair small groups of open space visitors with a knowledgeable volunteer trail guide. Take a tour of local open space with us, learning about the landmarks, history, and ecology of the trails you take. Every other Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. These nature walks are free and welcome all ages.
The EV is always seeking new Bay Area community organizations to provide programs for. We provide specialized and adaptable hands-on nature education programs for a variety of audiences. Our programs can be offered at our EcoCenter, or we can come to you wherever your organization and audience are located!
What can we do? We have played nature games with Catholic Charities Youth Club at Saint Francis of Assisi, teaching kids resource management, animal adaptations, and more in a way that remains fun! We have taught a group of future environmental educators our education and curriculum development methods. We have engaged our volunteers in assisting Access Books with organizing and delivering free books to children throughout the Bay Area. Whoever your community organization engages with – see what programs we can do for you!
Virtual and COVID-safe options are available.
Some of our past and current community partners: Catholic Charities Youth Club, Youth Outside, Palo Alto Friendship Circle, Siena Youth Center, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, Catholic Charities Youth Club, Abilities United, Family Connections, College Track, YMCA of East Palo Alto, as well as corporate groups Hewlett Packard Enterprise and LinkedIn.
The EV provides monthly public events from our EcoCenter. Each program brings something new, and they are open to everyone! Past event experiences have included engaging participants with fun activities about wind and weather, leading classes on nature art, live birds of prey and marine animals, canoe trips, guided hikes, interviews with researchers, and more! Many events are free, and all events are displayed on our event calendar. The event calendar is regularly updated with new events as they are scheduled, so keep checking back so you don’t miss anything!
Starting in Fall 2020, our public events will be COVID safe. This includes many events being virtual.
Foothills Nature Preserve – Trail Ambassador Program
In partnership with the City of Palo Alto, the Environmental Volunteers “Trail Ambassador Program” provides volunteer-led engagement of Foothills Nature Preserve visitors – expanding their knowledge and sparking interest in the park as well as providing helpful information and resources. You can find our volunteers at Foothills Nature Preserve every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm when volunteers are available (with exceptions for holidays). You can visit us at our nature-discovery table at Boronda Lake, or see us out on the trails. We look forward to getting you excited about the wonderful ecology there! If you would like to volunteer as an EV Trail Ambassador, please visit our volunteering page.
Information on Foothills Nature Preserve can be found on the official City of Palo Alto website – click here.
In addition to our monthly public events, the EcoCenter also hosts the artwork of local, nature-inspired artists! For each exhibit, nature themed artwork will be displayed in a free, public art reception. These receptions are free and open to everyone, will include refreshments, and the artist themself will be there! After the reception, the artwork will remain on display in our gallery for 1-2 months and may be viewed during open hours. Come see the beautiful, nature-inspired work that local artists have created! If you are a Bay Area artist and would like to display your work in our EcoCenter, please contact us!
Due to COVID-19, EcoCenter Art Exhibits are postponed until the EcoCenter is reopened to the public.
Interested in Volunteering?
Interested in engaging in the above activities as a volunteer? Want to engage youth groups in fun after-school activities, lead nature walks, or guide visitors through art galleries as an EcoCenter docent? Please go here!