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  

I have served this organization for 20 years as a teaching docent and board member. It is the best-run non-profit I have worked with, both from the perspective of a volunteer and from the perspective of the quality of services it provides. Teachers come back year after year for EV services, and the EV has taken the lead in coordinating with other science education groups for maximum impact in the schools. EV docents share the marvels of science and nature with students - a much-needed service that kids love.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

The trained volunteer docents of the Environmental Volunteers have been delivering hands-on science education in the classroom and on field trips since 1972, reaching about 11,000 students a year. I have worked with a number of community organizations, and this one continues to impress me. The EV delivers a high-quality product for the kids, for the teachers, and for the volunteers. Many children spend most of their non-school time in front of electronic devices or in organized activities, and they have little time to explore and discover the natural world on their own. The EV's programs let kids discover the natural world, and reveals to them the interdependencies of living and non-living things. These are important lessons for our future leaders! Teachers come back year after year to sign up for EV services. Many volunteers stay with the organization for decades - several have been serving as docents for over 35 years! This loyalty among clients and "staff" testifies to the EV's solid organizational governance.

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

Children get excited by the in-class activities, and make discoveries on field trips that leave a lasting impression.

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

Seeing effective environmental education in action, and seeing volunteers learn and share their knowledge with one another and with children.

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

Folks who are interested in the environment and who like children.

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

Expand to reach more children more often, so that environmental education would be part of their ongoing education every month of every year.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As I board member, I saw the amazing passion and energy of the organization from both the strategic and day-to-day aspects. I was always impressed by the culture of delivering the best experience for the kids and the goals to make sure the 30+ year tradition continues while evolving through changing times and the ebbs and flows of the economy. That focus is woven into all aspects of the organization.

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

wonderfully expand the number of classrooms and kids EVs can teach and add additional modules, becoming a strong regional leader.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I got to know Environmental Volunteers in 2007 through the training program for school volunteers. It was fun and highly informative about the natural world in the Bay area. I was eager for more people to know about the EV. I joined the board in 2009 to help with outreach. I love that the board is regularly engaged with the organization. And helping kids learn about science and nature is a terrific investment in our future.

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

the classroom. I've witnessed the kids getting switched on to their natural world. Teachers love the EV because it brings trained volunteers and field trips to the class learning experience.

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

the people who are genuinely concerned about our environment and who stay positive by inspiring children.

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

all wonderful.

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

shape the way our nation's children learn about science and nature.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

Environmental Volunteers, a registered 501-c-3 founded in 1972, raises funds for innovative hands-on environmental education programs in the classroom and on field trips. Topics range from "all about birds" to "energy and natural resources." This 37-year-old nonprofit trains volunteers to make a difference for children at a critical stage that can help instill a love of nature and environmental stewardship. Environmental Volunteers is renovating a beloved local landmark in a local nature preserve into a new headquarters called the EcoCenter. www.EVols.org

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

the enthusiastic reviews of children and their elementary school teachers.

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

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

getting to meet new board members who are business professionals and generous community leaders.

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

dedicated to making a difference on a local level.

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

expand the reach of its innovative programs to more children at more schools in the San Francisco Bay Area while also completing the rehabilitation of the former Sea Scout building into the new EcoCenter, a community resource for environmental education in the Palo Alto Baylands.

Ways to make it better...

the economy had not had such a devastating impact on our community.

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?

2009-4-01

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