Environmental Volunteers has a fantastically dedicated and knowledgeable volunteer group and staff! It's amazing to see them in the class room opening the experiences of the students. And even more rewarding when the students learn in the field. The EVs have been educating and inspiring kids for 45 years (and always welcoming new volunteers).
Environmental Volunteers does a wonderful job providing nature and environmental education and importantly experience to children in Silicon Valley. This is especially important in lower income areas (yes there are some) such as East Palo Alto. Some of these kids have little other opportunity to experience nature. The goal is to have children learn, love and respect nature and become stewards of our environment. The testimonials at our annual Wake up to Nature fund-raiser would confirm that we are being successful! it's a great organization, effectively and efficiently run with a very supportive volunteer corps.
in two separate classroom sessions, I witnessed adult volunteers work with young students on various environmental education work sessions. The volunteers engaged with the students and the students were enthusiastic listeners and hands-on participants. It was heart warming to see how well environmental education can be provided and what valuable experiences can be given to students.
Environmental Volunteers is a wonderful nonprofit that has been around for 46 years! It must be doing something right to have been around for so long. Science and environmental education is what they do. How they do it is by going into elementary school classrooms to augment the science and environmental learning that is taking place there. Volunteers bring 'kits', chosen by the teacher, into the classroom where students get to experience hands-on learning of particular science curricula. All of the kits and teaching modalities are based on the new science standards mandated by the State of California.
Volunteers also lead field trips in local parks and preserves to, again, give children hands-on experiences in nature in order enhance each child's understanding of the importance of our natural environment.
Other opportunities take place at the organization's headquarters, the EcoCenter, located in the Palo Alto Baylands where community events happen on a regular basis. Again the focus is on science and environmental education.
Fantastic organization! I've been fortunate enough to serve on the staff, be a volunteer, and be a board member. The EV is so enriching for volunteers, but more importantly, so impactful for students, kids, and the community. I can't say enough great things about this amazing organization that has been making a difference in environmental education in our communities for over 47 years.
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.
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.
As a child, I clearly remember the Environmental Volunteers (EV) coming to my school and doing a program with my class. The program involved creating a food web with a ball of yarn and finger puppets that represented each of the animals in the web. When the web was complete, the volunteer pulled on the web to show how each species is connect to and affects the rest. Today, I am a volunteer with the EV and do this same activity with students in local schools. I feel very fortunate to get the chance to connect kids to nature in the fun, engaging, and memorable ways that the EV provide.
The EV organization is what every nonprofit should strive to be - effective, well-run, of highest integrity and a beloved pillar in the communities it serves. I've been a volunteer docent and a supporter for years and am reminded at every point of coming in contact what a decent, dedicated group this is. I'm always delighted to tell people about the EV's and their tireless, critially important work in teaching kids about science, the environment and conservation -- something they simply do not get otherwise in school.
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.
Environmental Volunteers is an incredible organization that provides thousands of children every year with an incredible hands-on learning experience. I have never seen a kindergartener more engaged than when digging for microorganisms in bayland mud or a third grader when drilling holes in clam shells with an Ohlone pump drill. There is nothing more personally rewarding for me than inspiring a genuine passion for the natural world in young hearts and minds. In a perfect world, every child would enjoy the wonders that EV has to offer.
Many years ago as a classroom teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed having the EV bring hands on activities for my students followed by a coordinated and meaningful field trip. Now as a retired science educator, I love the opportunity to be a volunteer myself sharing my enthusiasm for the natural world with children. Given that there is little time in the elementary classroom day for science, I believe that the EV experiences are so important for young learners. It’s especially valuable that the EV kits/lessons are coordinated to the California State Science Standards by grade level so that students glean a deeper understanding of what is in their curriculum.
I've been a volunteer with EV for almost 20 years. I've stuck with it because I believe in the mission and I enjoy the experience. Although I am a native Californian, I have learned a lot about our environment from participating with EV. It has an excellent training program and offers wonderful enrichment activities to its volunteers. I like doing the hands-on activities with the children in their classrooms and I love taking them on hikes. I recommend EV to anyone who cares about the environment and is able to donate or volunteer.
I have been a volunteer docent with and donor to Environmental Volunteers (EV) for almost 15 years. Additionally, I was a member of its board of trustees for six years. I enjoy doing the hands-on natural science activities with the students in their classrooms and taking students on hikes. The EV organization supports me with training and enrichment activities, makes me feel appreciated and provides a structure for volunteering that works efficiently with my availability and interests.
The Environmental Volunteers has a great training program for its volunteers... I learned so much about our local environment, and how to share it with kids that I felt confident and well-supported when I started leading field trips. The trips are fun, the kids full of surprises and (mostly) eager to learn. It's been a great experience for me.
This is a great organization. Even people without either a teaching or a science background can help teachers in the local area provided critical nature and science education. The EV's training program is excellent. Not only do you get a chance to further nature and science education in the schools, but you also get the opportunity to learn about these subjects. As a retiree who has been a volunteer with the organization since 2007, I truly love the chance I have been given to learn about things I never had a chance to learn when I was in elementary school. The children so appreciate our efforts that it really makes you feel like you are making a difference. As a side benefit, the knowledge I have gained has helped me bring nature experiences to my own grandchildren.
I've been with Environmental Volunteers for two years. I am thoroughly enjoying the experience because I see how much the children Enjoy and Learn from our efforts. Plus, it's a pleasure working with children. I do a short ten minute or so introduction on the subject we will be teaching. All of the kits are a hands on experience for the children. For example, the younger kids love the marine skulls and bird skins. The older kids learn about earthquakes or energy and natural resources. The teachers choose which subjects and kits they want to have us present to their class. I feel we do a lot to support the children's learning experience.
Environmental Volunteers come to our school and give nature programs to the different grade levels. First graders receive education about birds. One center covers types of feathers, another types of eggs, and another types of beaks. The children are able to handle materials and learn specific information about animals operating in the food chain. When students are deprived of so much sensory education during these testing times, Environmental Volunteers bring back happiness and fun to education. Thank you!
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.
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.
This is a great organization to join as a volunteer. The subject matter is interesting and the other volunteers are great people. Visiting classrooms is a blast as the kids are always enthusiastic. I was really impressed by the training and support for new volunteers.