Community Programs

The EV is always seeking new Bay Area community organizations to provide programs for. We work with youth groups and other community serving organizations to bring environmental education to children outside of school. Our programs can be offered at our EcoCenter in Palo Alto, or we can bring our programs to you!

What can we do? The programs we offer are described below. Read more to discover what we can engage your participants with!

  • Each individual activity is 20 minutes, and a full program is typically 1 hr 30 min. Nature walks are 2 hours.
  • Our programs can serve up to 24 participants. If you expect more than 24 participants, we can discuss alternatives to our standard programs.
  • Our programs are intended for ages 6-11. Select activities are adaptable for older age groups.
  • Each program has a fee of $100. Price is negotiable for organizations with constrained budgets, especially those working with underserved communities.

If you are interested in booking a program with us, or have questions, please contact


Program Options

Sustainable Art

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make sustainable art? Well now you can. Discover how to make sustainable paint and sustainable art sculptures with upcycled items. Using sustainable materials and upcycled items reduces plastic pollution in our environment. We look forward to creating art together and exploring new ways to use common household items.


Activities: Sustainable Sculptures, Nature Painting, Painting about Environmental Issues

Fire Ecology

Have you ever wondered about how fire affects California’s plants and animals? Learn about fire ecology through fun activities and games that build understanding about wildfires and how they affect forests. Act out animal behaviors that help wildlife stay safe during fire. Explore how pinecones and bark are uniquely adapted to fire.


Activities: Serotiny, How Trees Survive Fire, Wildlife Responses to Fire

All About Bats

Are you curious about bats? Study different types of bats, how they hunt, and the many things they eat! This program will explore real bats as well as examine some of the myths and mysteries about bats. If you love a good game of true or false with spooky fun facts this is an excellent program.


Activities: Morphology, Echolocation, Diet & Hunting

All the little things

Unearth the importance of all the little things in our ecosystem in this fun, interactive program. Bugs and worms are food for other animals as well as they clean up waste and return nutrients to the soil. Pollinators and healthy soils help us grow the food we eat. All the little things are key parts of our food chain that make our ecosystems livable for all of us.


Activites: Healthy soils, Pollinators, Food webs

Nature Walks

Our nature walks program is designed to help participants get to know local open space areas. Small groups will be guided by a knowledgeable environmental educator during an exploration of a local open space. Groups will be introduced to fun nature-based activities, and a chance to learn more about the plants and animals all around us. Schedule a private nature walk for your group at either Baylands Nature Preserve or Foothills Nature Preserve. Transportation is not provided and each group must have an accompanying adult chaperone from your organization.

Interested in Volunteering?

Interested in engaging in the above activities as a volunteer?

Please visit our volunteering page here!