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Causes: Education, Environment, Environmental Education, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

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

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: 480 classroom programs and field trips each year, serving 10,000 local children in schools and 5,000 people of all ages at the EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Margot

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported the EV as a donor, board member and volunteer for nearly 25 years and marveled at the way they have grown and responded to the changing needs of the environmental world and children with improved teaching and technology. The new Eco Center is very exciting and I am proud to be a supporter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served as a classroom docent for this fabulous nonprofit for almost ten years before returning to full time paid work. Teaching young children about the water cycle, tectonic plates or bird bills was very rewarding and helped to maintain my faith in the Socratic style of teaching. I then served on the board of trustees and discovered that the EV was also incredibly well-run as well as having passionate volunteers. Great place to put your time and your money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization provides more high-quality services to more individuals for far fewer dollars than any nonprofit I know. Reaching out to elementary school students in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, our EV volunteers impart to youngsters an appreciation and love of nature, leading to a sense of responsibility for its stewardship, at the same time adhering to California science education standards. Through innovative classroom kits and field trips to ocean, bay, forest and neighborhood, EV is spreading the word for environmental protection.

21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and staff member of Environmental Volunteers, I have seen directly how this organization positively impacts our local children and our community. Environmental Volunteers is very effective in fulfilling their mission to promote understanding of, and responsibility for, the environment through hands-on science education. What inspired me to join the EV was their vision, that all children will learn about and be inspired by the natural world so that they become responsible stewards of the Earth. The volunteers, some of whom have spent 30 years or more with the EV, make such a difference in the lives of our local kids; and, they help our teachers who are strapped for resources for science-based education. Our children and community need these volunteers who are interested in innovative environmental science education that improves student learning.

16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed watching the campers' understandings of alternative energy grow as the week progressed. The camp taught the children more about our impact on the environment.

15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pretty chill place. A good place to work. It was generally enjoyable. [written by a high school student volunteering as a counselor]