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Environmental Volunteers, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Environment, Environmental Education, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

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: 480 classroom programs and field trips each year, serving 10,000 local children in schools and 5,000 people of all ages at the EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

EV came to teach my daughter's girls scout troop about local wildlife. Based on that hands-on experience we signed up for EV's summer camp. All these fun experiences support my children's appreciation for the habitats that are important for us to protect and preserve.

sandan@dslextreme.com

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have a friend who is an EV. She came to my after school program and shared her knowledge of pill bugs and snails. The kids loved it! I hope to be an EV myself after I retire! Keep up the good work!

Lisa80

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was a child the EVs came to my classrooms over the years and really brought environmental ed to life. I look forward to my kids receiving the same fabulous education. Thanks for all you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had Environmental Volunteers come to my 2nd and 4th grade classes. They provide an invaluable experience for my students who have not had the exposure to nature and sciences in their personal lives. My 2nd graders enjoyed having the volunteers come to the classroom and talk about local habitats and birds. The students were very involved, engaged, and excited for this fantastic learning opportunity. The volunteers are smart, and excellent with children!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Third graders learn about the ocean environment and visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A popular activity is the touch tanks, where children can touch a living animal. Environmental Volunteers lead trips to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Landing so that students can see and touch these beautiful creatures in their natural tide pool habitat. Excitedly, students learn about animals' lives while interacting with nature. They soak in the sights and sounds of the waves on the beach as the animals cling to the rocks. Students absorb a profound understanding of the interrelationships between the animals and their habitats that isn't observed in a book, movie, or aquarium. The volunteers do a marvelous job of helping students gain a healthy respect for the fragility and magic of the ocean.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Environmental Volunteers come to my fourth grade classroom each year to extend my students' understanding of earth science. The volunteers engage the students in

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These people are awesome! They have amazing and knowledgeable docents, they are friendly and easy to work with, and they are a great resource for teachers even if you don't use the service.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The presenter gave a wonderful presentation to our students. I liked how he tied the texts we read to the ideas of the sacredness of the earth, the need for sustainability and environmental justice. Our students engaged in what they can be doing to protect the earth.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Alan Berkowitz did a wonderful job. He brought interesting props, such as a preserved owl, which captured my students' attention. His lecture was relevant to what we were studying.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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