Environmental Volunteers, Inc.
Rating: 4.84 stars 70 reviews
Issues: Education, Environment, Philanthropy
Location: 2560 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto CA 94303 USA
Target demographics: inspire a love of science and nature.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000 people.
Geographic areas served: San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
Programs: 500 classroom programs and 125 field trips each year, serving 10,000 local children in schools and 5,000 people at the EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.
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As an elementary school teach, I had used EV programs in my classrooms. I had always been an advocate for involving young children more deeply in hands-on, basic science experiences — young kids eat this up. There is a great need to have these interests piqued early so they can begin to understand and see the beauty in the world around them and understand the basic stuff they will need to make intelligent decisions.
After retiring, the EVs seemed like a perfect place to continue carrying on something I loved. Now, looking back over more than 20 years of EV classroom visits & field trips, I know I could not have made a better choice.
Not to be overlooked is the wonderful community of many dedicated volunteers I have met, worked, and played with over these years. This has been a most remarkable, satisfying experience.
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The enthusiastic responses of children & teachers we have been with over the years explains it all.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Why change anything that works so well?
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Our volunteers, with their diverse backgrounds, have kept my personal learning alive and well. There is always a new discovery around the corner.
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I'll let you know whens it is over.