The EcoCenter is available for facility rentals for private meetings and gatherings. Book your next event in our beautiful facility in the Palo Alto Baylands!
In the early 1940s, philanthropist Lucie Stern commissioned the building as the future home for the Sea Scouts, an organization committed to enhancing boating skills, water safety, and knowledge of maritime heritage. In 1941, the building opened and the Sea Scouts launched boats onto the Palo Alto harbor, a thriving harbor that once fronted the building.
In 1986, the Palo Alto City Council voted to close the harbor and allow the Palo Alto Baylands to restore to their natural state as tidal salt marshes.
In 1999, the building received a Preservation Award from the Art Deco Society of California as an outstanding example of art deco style architecture. A few years after, Environmental Volunteers was given the opportunity to embrace the challenge of making it the ultimate recycling and restoration project.
After years of permitting and construction, on July 22, 2012, the center opened as the headquarters for the Environmental Volunteers and functions as a public nature center and community education resource. As you enter the building, look for round markers that denote the Green Building features that the EVs incorporated during restoration. These include refurbished siding, flooring, and windows; blue jeans insulation; and soda bottle carpet.
750 square feet
Kitchenette (sink, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, water heater- NO oven or stovetop)
75 people- Standing/Social mixer
50 people- Sitting/Lecture seating
40 people- Sitting around tables
Available for use:
6 tables (6’ length)
2 folding tables (1- 4ft, 1- 6ft)
HDMI, VGA, DVI, Thunderbolt adapter cables
Free parking on premises- (5 spaces located 90 feet from building, including 1 handicap)
Free additional parking-
Near duck pond/across venue (9 spaces located 330 feet from building, including 1 handicap)
Near duck pond/ranger station (11 spaces located 0.1 mile from building, including 1 handicap)
Near airport (19 spaces located 430 feet from building, including 2 handicap)
Rooftop deck (second floor)
Outdoor area deck (main floor)
Catering allowed (not provided)
Palo Alto Duck Pond- 276 ft/1 min walk
Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center- 0.2 mile/5 min walk
Byxbee Park- 0.5 mile/10 min walk
Palo Alto Airport- 0.2 mile/5 min walk
Hiking and biking trails
All booking start and end times are inclusive of set up and tear down time
Must return space in same condition received
NO smoking inside or outside the building
“Leave no trace”- no food left outside
First aid kit
8:00AM- 10:00AM, 2:00PM- 10:00PM
$100/hour (2 hours minimum)
15% off (8 hours+)
$70 cleaning fee
We are unable to clear the room. There are permanent nature displays that will remain in place located in the back of the room along the wall. (See pictures for details)
At least 1 staff member present during event
Inquiries and/or free tour:
Email or call Arlene Mitchell at
Arlene@EVols.org or 650-493-8000 ext. 334