California’s 4th Graders Rank Second to Last in Science Proficiency. Sponsor an EV Nature and Science Discovery Trip.

Early science education sets the stage for lifelong learning, critical thinking, and future career paths. Yet the most recent National Assessment on Educational Progress (NAEP) report card for elementary school children ranks California’s 4th graders second to last in science proficiency. This failure is especially detrimental to low-income students, contributing to a significant performance gap. NAEP data from 2015 reveals a 35-point gap between California students who were eligible for free lunch, compared to those who were not eligible.


Environmental Volunteers has been working on this problem since 1972, delivering high-quality, affordable science and nature education programs to students, teachers, schools, and community members. With your help, we provide 10,000 K-6th grade students with high-quality, hands-on science education.


Your gift of support allows Environmental Volunteers to provide environmental science education for today’s students, transforming them into tomorrow’s environmental stewards. Our funders – the individuals, foundations, corporations and local businesses who support us – play a crucial role in making sure the community continues to benefit from our vital environmental education programs. Together, we combine our resources of time, talent, finances, and energy to nurture kids’ interests in nature, science, and learning.

What Your Donation Buys

  • $125:  Sponsor a nature field trip for 5 students
  • $250:  Sponsor a nature field trip for 10 students
  • $500:  Sponsor a nature field trip for 20 students
  • $1,000:  Train 10 volunteers to conduct scientific discovery programs
  • $10,000:  Sponsor all K-6 grades in an average school
  • $50,000:  Sponsor all grades in an entire school district

Give Today

Your generous donation will:

  • Make it possible for us to bring exhilarating natural science experiences to more than 10,000 school children each year
  • Allow us to keep service fees affordable to our local schools by helping us to bridge the gap between income from fees and the actual costs of program delivery
  • Enable us to help 400 school teachers meet state education standards each year by adding science enrichment programs to their curriculum
  • Provide resources to recruit and train hundreds of dedicated community volunteer docents
  • Help us bring community members together to educate young people and inspire a lifelong commitment to responsible environmental stewardship

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The corporations, foundations, and local businesses who support Environmental Volunteers share our commitment to the community and to nature and science education. Learn how your organization can join us.

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