The EV is committed to bringing public nature programs to children, youth, families, and adults. Take a look back at our many offerings in 2016!
Art ExhibitsThe EcoCenter hosts regular exhibits of art by local artists, photographers, and painters. Last year’s exhibits included Judy Kramer’s “A Bee’s Eye View”, Amanda Krause’s “Wings Over the Baylands”, Yao-pi Hsu’s “Life.Water”, Peninsula Open Space Painter’s “POPs in the Baylands” and the third annual Ravenswood Art Show!
Baylands Beautification DayIn July, members of the public removed non-native invasive plants, provided mulch for native plants, and created protected areas for beneficial plants and insects in the Palo Alto Baylands around the EcoCenter.
Birds of a FeatherThis May event was a great opportunity for children and adults to further their interest in learning about birding. Our volunteers and staff walked attendees through introductory observation exercises, focusing on both the feathers and beaks, using interactive learning stations. Towards the end of our program, attendees were guided on a hike in the Baylands to observe birds, using the skills they had learned during the introductory activities.
Community ProgramsAt the EcoCenter, the EV worked with a number of local organizations and schools to provide educational programs and service learning opportunities. In 2016, we had the pleasure of serving: 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.
Drought and WildlifeThe EV’s Youth Leadership Board created and presented their Drought and Wildlife Educational Event in May, which focused on how the drought affects wildlife and what attendees can do to help save water.
EcoCenter on WheelsIn June, we celebrated the launch of the EcoCenter on Wheels, a mobile learning station that brings hands-on learning activities into the community. Teen docents hit the trails in the Baylands and taught visitors about bay plants, mammal skull adaptations, as well as birds, nests, and eggs!
Educate for Action2016 was the 3rd year of our Educate for Action initiative made possible by generous grant from the Satterberg Foundation. This year, a team of staff and volunteers have been busy reviewing and updating the EV’s curriculum so that it meets 3 key measures:
- Increasing stewardship education within our programs
- Adapting curriculum to support the Next Generation Science Standards
- Improve connection and efficacy of our curriculum for students who are English Language Learners through Educate for Action, our goal is to empower students to act as action-oriented environmental stewards while continuing to deepen their knowledge of environmental science.