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 served as a board member for 6 years and am an ongoing donor. The EV is constantly reviewing their environmental education programs for kids to update and improve the materials and information. Now that the EV is in its Baylands home they use the gorgeous facility to inspire people in even more ways. I can learn about grey fox habits or enjoy an afternoon of opera surrounded by nature's beauty. The people who make up the heart and soul of the EV are down-to-earth wonderful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter introduced us to EV. She was a 4th grade teacher at Oak Knoll School. Michelle's classes enjoyed bird watching among other experiences. The people of EV are committed to teaching children about their environment through field trips, classroom visits and many other outdoor opportunities. EV offers schools a wonderful means to enrich their own science programs.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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15 people found this review helpful

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.

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

helping young children develop a love of discovery and a love of nature.

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

working with young children, helping them discover the m.arvels of nature

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

dedicated, smart, organized, serious about their love of children and nature

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

replicate its model all over the country. There is something very powerful about using volunteers as opposed to paid staff in this work. Children and their families are impressed that people care enough to volunteer their time to teach others about nature.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Excellent group helping young people to get in touch with nature and the world around them.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization doing great and inspiring work. A pleasure to support.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I support the EV because it is a high quality organization doing important work. In this era when schools are really suffering, I appreciate that they are helping over 400 teachers with science education. My donations go to a good cause. 

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

the passion of employees, EV Board members, & volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of the Environmental Volunteer (EV) family. The staff are knowledgeable, eager to help, fun, and accessible. I have found that all of the people associated with the EVS are down to earth and committed to their mission of teaching kids to love nature. My donation seems to go far, as volunteers are used to do the lion's share of the direct work with kids.

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

the staff are very knowledgeable and eager to help out. Staff and volunteers make learning about and preserving nature a lot of fun.

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

friendly, warm, interested in me, educated, and helpful.

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

teach every child in California to love, protect, and preserve our planet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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