Wake Up to Nature

Wake Up to Nature 2024

On Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, Environmental Volunteers successfully hosted their annual “Wake Up to Nature” event at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto. Held in the El Palo Alto room from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, the gathering was a resounding success.

The morning began with attendees mingling and engaging with the Nature Science Program Demonstrations at 9:00 AM. This was followed by an informative and inspiring speaker program from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, complete with beverages and treats for everyone to enjoy.

Participants were treated to heart-warming and joyful stories and testimonials from esteemed members of the EV community. The event not only met but exceeded its fundraising goals, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. This success will further aid Environmental Volunteers in their mission to inspire local kids and families to develop a love for science and nature.

We extend our deepest gratitude to all our sponsors and participants who shared this inspiring morning with us.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Highlights from Wake Up to Nature 2024

Inspiring Speeches and Community Stories

WUTN Speech by Susanne Mulcahy
WUTN Speech by Deborah Lindsay

Event Speakers

Alison Cormack has worked for Hewlett-Packard, Google, and the people of Palo Alto as a Councilmember. Her favorite job was running the library bond in 2008 so she is looking forward to celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Mitchell Park Library and Community Center in November. Alison has two adult children and one friendly labradoodle and loves hiking in Foothills park.

Susanne Mulcahy has built thriving teams, led successful organizations, and fostered impactful collaborations for more than 30 years, primarily in the nonprofit sector with organizations focused on science and environmental education. Proudly, seven of her most rewarding years professionally and personally were as Executive Director of the Environmental Volunteers (1994-2000). Under her leadership the EV quadrupled its budget size and programming scope, successfully implemented Board Policy Governance, achieved all five-year Strategic Planning Goals, and positioned itself regionally as a leader in environmental education. Susanne later served as Executive Director of Youth Science Institute (YSI). She led YSI in the successful “Campaign to Save YSI,” raising $300K in 12 weeks to keep YSI’s doors open. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and Co-Founder of Raissle-Mulcahy Partners/88NEWTS Coaching and Consulting. Susanne is a graduate of Leadership Sunnyvale and The Coaches Training Institute. She is a 4th generation Bay Area resident and native of Sunnyvale where she still resides with her spouse. She holds degrees in Finance and Religious Studies from Santa Clara University.



Deborah Lindsay is the Executive Director of Environmental Volunteers. Always the agent of positive change, Deborah became a champion for multiple causes; from sea life conservation to worker rights. Her undergrad from New College of California was in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community led her to co-found a nonprofit called Communities for a Sustainable Monterey County. She also hosted a daily talk radio program, Tomorrow Matters, teaching “solutions for today for a better world tomorrow”, and ran a green and carbon-neutral election campaign for her successful bid for a city council position in Pacific Grove, CA. Later, while working on her MBA in Sustainable Management she became the Administrative Director of the Santa Cruz Waldorf School, she found a place for creating positive environments for young people to develop themselves and care for the Earth.

Most recently, Deborah has been working with mission-driven startups, nonprofits, and small businesses to ensure operational success for organizations with ideas worth advancing such as Clean Oceans International and TerraNova Ecological Landscape. Deborah is delighted to bring all of her keen business acumen and devotedness to a world worth growing up in, to Environmental Volunteers.

Nature Lovers $50,000 Matching Challenge Grant 

What is it? Six incredible Nature Loving EVs have united their powers to create a Dollar for Dollar Matching Challenge Grant up to $50,000

Unlock the magic of nature by joining the Nature Lovers Challenge $50,000 Matching Grant.

How? Double your impact with every NEW and INCREASED donation of $250 or more and join something extraordinary.

Unable to attend the event? Your donation still counts! Make a new or increased gift of $250 or more between April 5th to April 23rd, and let’s ignite a love for nature in young hearts.

Together, we’ll sow the seeds of curiosity, wonder and environmental stewardship.

Donate today and watch your impact multiply!

Environmental Volunteers (the EV) is an environmental education non-profit founded in 1972.

Our mission: To promote the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education.

We train volunteers to deliver hands-on science and nature learning through our classroom programs, summer camps, community events, college led Sprout Up programs hosted in nine universities, and at our EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. It is our vision to give everyone an opportunity to give back to nature and the next generation.