I volunteered with EV for three years. It was amazing to see the children in the classroom light up when then understood the concept we were teaching to them. I suspect the hands-on learning will remain with them for a long time. Even if only a few of the students become environmentally aware, they will help make the world a better place.
I joined the EV organization a couple of years ago and try to spend one morning a month in the classroom. The children K-6 are amazing. They ask so many questions and learn by experience. Whether it's learning about earthquakes, birds or nature in their neighborhood they learn by doing. The organization has the tools to support learning by both adults who provide the service and also the children who are so inquisitive.
Scatman sez this about that: I have volunteered for the Ev for 23 years now as a service provider, field trip leader, board member, committee member and volunteer trainer. It is an extremely well run organization that provides hands-on environmental education to thousands of elementary school students yearly. I am proud to be a member of this group and hope to continue my activities with them for another decade or more.
I have been an EV for many years. I find that the organization is extremely well run & very professional. Not only have I gains personally from my EV experiences but most important, the population receiving our services has gained & continues to gain tremendously. Words are inadequate to express the innumeral benefits from this group!!!
I'm a new volunteer. I've been through the training and volunteered in a classroom a few times. The training is excellent. We study the subject area and the specific materials and lesson plans. There is also training in how kids of various ages learn and California education standards. We were given all the support we needed to transition from training to presenting in the classroom. These people are well organized, well informed and fun to work with. I enjoy working with the other volunteers, and it's wonderful when I can see kids having an ah-ha moment. I actually get to see their minds click into a new topic. This experience has been so good, I'm now a donor too.
What a great way to learn and teach about nature! It's fun to get into classrooms and see kids get excited about what we bring. Great people to work with, and I like the fact that leading hikes gets me out on those trails.
great organization with excellent tools for teaching young students complex ideas about our environment. love all the hands on activities for kids.
The volunteer training was great and very helpful, especially since I had only recently come to the US. I learnt very much about the ecosystems, animals and plants of the Bay Area, energy and material cycles, but also about teaching and that you don't need to know everything. The children are very excited and fascinated by the presented kits and activities. It is a wonderful experience and the team of staff and volunteers is resourceful and helpful.
I have taught natural science education in the classroom and taken elementary classrooms on field trips. I have served on the Board for many years as President, Development Chair, Area Coordinator, and Volunteer Coordinator. I have also contributed significant funds to the EVs. I think our hands-on learning both with learning stations in the classroom and small groups on field trips is an important teaching tool. I love the reaction from the children to our explorations!