Education

Environmental Actions

Environmental Actionsby: Natalie AmbrosioThey come in all shapes and sizes, but the important thing is that they keep coming in whatever form feasible. Here at the EV we watch what happens when children are inspired to learn, engage and share about the environment and...

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Plastic Contamination: A Social-Cultural Issue

Plastic Contamination: A Social-Cultural IssuePeople and businesses use plastic items every day for convenience, but a social-cultural study proves that using too much plastic has negative effects on people and their communities. It is important to explore the diverse...

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Learning to Learn (and Teach) Online

Learning to Learn (and Teach) Online

Virtual School Program on Plants and their Parts for 1st gradeA little bit about meHello! My name is Morayo and I am the Education Intern this year! I’m a Junior at Santa Clara University studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. I was born and raised in...

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Sustainable Art

Sustainable ArtPhoto by Roland Hipkins 1935 The environment has always been a prominent subject in all forms of art. Landscape paintings and wildlife photography are forms of art which capture what we see, or even feel, in nature. Performance art such as music and...

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Unexpected Upsides of Virtual Programs

Unexpected Upsides of Virtual ProgramsPhoto by Montserrat SuarezI think most of us can agree that we’d prefer to work with students in person – that’s one of the main reasons we got into the field of Environmental Education in the first place, after all! Having to...

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Soil health – watch and learn

Soil health – watch and learn“Kiss the Ground” summary: Kiss the Ground discussed the topic of climate change and how the Earth’s soil is able to draw tons of atmospheric carbon out of the air. It goes deep into the ways tilling, pesticides, and other industrialized...

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Science is No Heap of Stones

Science is No Heap of StonesI remember a rather passionate discussion I had with my mother (a former school teacher) early in my career about curriculum design. The question: are there certain specific facts that every student needs to know? She felt passionately...

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Foundations

FoundationsAs environmental educators, one could argue the EV is duty-bound to teach about climate change. It is a crisis unfolding before our eyes and we need to be acting on it now. However, widely accepted guidance for teaching about environmental crises is to...

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New Field Trip Programs

New Field Trip Programs Lichen found on a park survey The world of education, and especially outdoor field trips, has obviously changed quite a bit over the last 6 months. Schools are starting the year in full distance-learning mode, and in-person groups have to stay...

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Taking the EcoCenter Outside

Taking the EcoCenter OutsideThe EcoCenter is many things; the Environmental Volunteer’s main office building, a historic landmark in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, and a nature interpretive center! Every Friday and the first and third Saturdays of the month,...

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Educational Resources for Equity and Inclusion

Educational Resources for Equity and InclusionThe following resources may help you build your understanding about being more equitable and inclusive. Why jokes can be harmful: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/science-sushi/the-joke-isnt-funny-its-harmful/...

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Backyard Circle Space Observation

Backyard Circle Space ObservationPhoto by EV staffAn activity I’ve used in the elementary classroom focuses attention in a defined area. Using a jump rope, outline a circle area outside on the ground – grassy area or garden area with lots of small plants. Ask students...

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Solar and Wind Update: Kit and Otherwise

Solar and Wind Update: Kit and OtherwiseSolar Panels on top of the EcoCenter. Photo by Brittany Sabol.Our favorite advantages/disadvantages kits were created over five years ago, so I, the lucky intern, got the privilege of conducting research to see if any of the...

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The Awesomeness of Biodiversity

Photo by Christine Zack Over the last several years, the Environmental Volunteers Education Committee has taken on the somewhat daunting task of updating all of our curriculum to better support the new “Next Generation Science Standards.” This process has not only...

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The most important step in teaching science…

Picture this: a science classroom with rows of desks all facing the blackboard. Students receive a set of instructions. They dutifully complete steps 1, 2, and 3. They get the predetermined result. They read a paragraph explaining what happened.  Have you ever done...

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Interactive Signage project at the Palo Alto Baylands:

Enhancing visitors’ experience and bringing local communities together through new interactive, multi-sensorial, and bilingual educational signs. Palo Alto, CA:  Environmental Volunteers, the City of Palo Alto, and the Friends of the Baylands announce a project...

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June News

The school year has wrapped up and it has been another great year. Here at the EcoCenter, we get excited as our last school program volunteer spots fill up and we reach the end of the school year without having to cancel any programs. Our year by the numbers Children...

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Environmental Volunteers Impact Map

Check out our the interactive maps for a glimpse of schools we serve in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, as well as Field Trip Fund recipient schools, and Field Trip Fund education sites. Our traditional school programs reach more than 10,000 students per year at...

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Building Confidence through the Ravenswood Art Show

  Ismael, 4th grader at Costaño Elementary School was asked, "Why do you like art?" He replied: "Hace paz. It's relaxing to just paint and draw. It's nice and quiet." Each spring, Environmental Volunteers partners with the Ravenswood School District to host a...

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A Curriculum that Cultivates Stewards

  When it comes to the field of environmental education, the Environmental Volunteers is a leader in providing high-quality, hands-on curriculum for schools. The EV’s Educate for Depth program for elementary schools now has extensive quantitative evidence...

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A Chorus of Cools: A Baylands Field Trip Story

  March 2016 On a path along the bay, six students are standing in a row, peering intently through binoculars. They watch as an avocet careens over the marsh. They are captivated by the bird's quick, smooth flight. Lowering their binoculars, the students chime...

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EV Programs Update: Learning Across the Community

  February 12, 2016 Take a peek inside some of the Environmental Volunteers' programs in the month of February! If you'd like to join us in inspiring a love of science and nature, please take a moment to check out our many volunteer opportunities. Kid Powered at...

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