Environmental Volunteers, Inc.

Rating: 4.84 stars   70 reviews

Issues: Education, Environment, Philanthropy

Location: 2560 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto CA 94303 USA

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: 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.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 94-2550385
650-493-8000
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the EV's for over 20 years. During that time, I've been a client, a volunteer, a board member, and a donor. It is a wonderful organization that delivers year after year in implementing their mission statement to deliver a hands-on science experience to elementary age school children. With the cut backs in education, science is not a priority. The EV's bring a science experience in the classroom and in the field that may me the only science experience for the students.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my classroom. I've had EV's delivering a service in my classroom every year to every grade that I teach. It enhanced my curriculum to have the EV's present a program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My school, every classroom, has received class room visits from EV for several years. The volunteers teach many subjects ranging from science to social studies. Each visit is highly anticipated by the children. They know that their experience will be hands-on, interesting and educational. This organization has highly enhanced our students' educational experience. They allow us, as teachers, to provide realia and experiences that are not readily available to us. What a great organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how excited my students are about social studies. They add an additional dimension to their studies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

In February 2010, the EV docents came to my classroom to teach about ocean pollution, riparian habitat, and mammal skeletons. Using stations and hands-on materials, my students participated in activities that touched on several scientific concepts. Observing mammal skulls gave them the

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always knowledgeable, helpful, and anxious to have fun and share their knowledge.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

We did many fun and exciting projects and experiments. We learned about ways to save the environment and how to use alternative energy sources.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

TV Shows

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide lunch

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

playing mafia.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nice and interesting.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand

Ways to make it better...

we had better materials.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

advertising

One thing I'd also say is that...

other people should try it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Positive: I liked what they taught. I liked doing the project. Negative: There was too much sun. The river smells bad. It was too hot.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

making an alternative energy vehicle.

Ways to make it better...

it wasn't so hot and sunny and smelly.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

It was fun and had a lot of building involved. There were fun activities and games. A lot of the stuff we did related to alternative energy and fuel. I learned a little-not lots, but a little.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

building a vehicle using an energy source other than fossil fuel. I used solar panels.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fun, good at their job but in a fun way, and generally kept the kids under control.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a nice camp in a nice building so we're not just outside all the time. It could provide food that is good for the environment and has less packaging. It could buy materials that are more environmentally friendly.

Ways to make it better...

the camp had shorter hours--I don't like long long hours. Also, if it were in a climate controlled building. It was hot outside

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

how the counselors have to deal with campers they haven't met before. That must have been hard.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

It was fun and interesting. Lots of free time. It is fun to make different cars and vehicles that use alternative energy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give lunch.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

playing Mafia.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be worldwide.

Ways to make it better...

we had bigger motors.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting clients.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it was fun.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

The Environmental Volunteers camp was very well run and a great educational experience for my son who is 10 years old.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my child having fun!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

building a solar boat.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and very helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy newer & more tech equipment.

Ways to make it better...

if the kids could have taken their projects home.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

equipment.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Great camp. Children learned a lot of valuable info. Did fun projects. This was the first time EV had the camp for 6-8th grade kids, but it seemed very well-designed and planned.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgable, professional, friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand programs and offerings.

Ways to make it better...

location was convenient but it was too hot.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I thought it was great. (written by Bob) It was fun to make cars. (written by Bob) It was great. (written by Winston)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

building something for the challenge.

Ways to make it better...

it had less breaks.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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