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Your gift of support helps inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

Learn About EV School Programs

Explore Environmental Volunteers’ classroom and field trip programs that inspire a love of nature in K-6 students.

Volunteer with us

Learn about the Environmental Volunteers’ volunteer programs and discover ways you can get involved.

Wake Up to Nature

Join us for Wake Up to Nature 2024 and help inspire a love of science and nature!

Our Mission

Promote the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education.

We provide science and nature programming for schools and the community through nature field trips, classroom programs, homeschool programs, public programs and community programs. Please visit our resources page for a variety of resources for parents and teachers who are working to continue their kids’ science education at home. There are links to kits that adapt well to distance learning, the Sprout Up Explores video collection and guides for guiding nature exploration.


Environmental Volunteers offers in-person, hands-on science programs for all grades K-6 in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.


At Environmental Volunteers, we connect passionate people with opportunities to share their love of science and nature with others.


Every gift, no matter how small, will inspire people of all ages to love science and nature through hands-on programs and experiences.


Environmental Volunteers engage the community through drop-in Events, small group Science Programs, Art Exhibits, and Nature Walks for all ages.

Upcoming Events

Join us at the EcoCenter! Drop by for a visit to our public nature center or attend a public learning program. Our events include hikes, hands-on activities, lectures, art workshops, and science programs that highlight the natural environments of the San Francisco Bay Area. Kids, families, and adults welcome.

Our impact

Environmental Volunteers

50 Years of Science and Nature

Environmental Volunteers founded in 1972, has inspired people of all ages for 50 years to learn about the wonders of the natural world. We train volunteers to lead hands-on science and nature programs in schools, community organizations, and at the EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. Environmental Volunteers’ mission is to promote the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science and nature education in order to develop the next generation of environmental stewards. We achieve our mission through our school programs. Our school programs grow students’ environmental awareness, connect students to the outdoors, and instill a desire to protect Earth’s beauty and natural resources. Please note the data below reflect the students, programs and volunteers since 2007.  



Students served since 2007

# of Volunteers since 2007

School Programs Delivered Since 2007