Nature Notes

Welcome to Nature Notes. Here you will find stories and updates from Environmental Volunteers programs and see natural science education in action. Stay tuned as we add more content!

Thanksgiving Recipes from the EV

This holiday season, we wanted to share a collection of squash recipes from our amazing volunteers. We all worked hard as a team to bring you the healthiest and most... Read More

Fall Birding at the Emily Renzell Ponds

Gadwall The fall birding season is shaping up at Emily Renzell Ponds.  With, thankfully, blue skies and cooler temps there’s lots to see. Hundreds of ducks will greet you... Read More

Outdoor Adventures at Fremont Older

Calling all hiking enthusiasts! If you live in West San Jose near Miller Middle School or Lynbrook High School, I recommend hiking in the Fremont Older park. In this... Read More

Science is No Heap of Stones

I 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... Read More


As 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... Read More

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... Read More

Taking the EcoCenter Outside

The 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... Read More