Palo Alto Online Database last updated: Monday, May 6, 2013.|
3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Acterra aims to create local solutions that foster a healthy natural environment. The organization hosts talks on environmental issues and provides community programs on the environment.
Baylands Conservation Committee
1056 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. An environmental-action committee of 650 individuals concerned with the Palo Alto and Midpeninsula baylands and bayfront areas.
3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. A nonprofit advocate for the urban forests of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and neighboring communities. Educates public about trees and encourages environmental stewardship through tree planting and tree-care opportunities. The website includes a list of local certified arborists, a tree library and self-guided tree walks.
Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge
453 Tennessee Lane, Palo Alto. The committee's goal is to see all wetlands remaining in the San Francisco Bay acquired by the public and placed in the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which it helped establish in 1972. Recently, 16,500 acres of salt ponds have been acquired for restoration to wildlife habitat.
CLEAN South Bay
527 Rhodes Drive, Palo Alto. An organization working to protect and enhance wetlands, watersheds and streamside riparian habitat and to protect South San Francisco Bay and its tributary creeks and watersheds.
Committee for Green Foothills
3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Founded in 1962, the committee works to protect the open space, farmlands and natural resources of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties through advocacy, education and grassroots action.
Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center
559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Offering hands-on classes and events in organic gardening and sustainable lifestyle. Sells tools, organic vegetables, herb and flower seedlings, open-pollinated seeds, organic fertilizers, pest-control products.
2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Dedicated to promoting an understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on, natural science education. Volunteer docents give classroom presentations in schools with field trips to local nature sites. The group's EcoCenter is located in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.
Friends of Stevens Creek Trail
22221 McClellan Road, Cupertino. Promotes community pride and involvement in the completion, enhancement and enjoyment of the Stevens Creek Trail and Wildlife Corridor. Sponsors the Annual Trailblazer Race, provides community outreach and education, and organizes trail work days, creek clean-ups and habitat restoration activities.
Call 408-255-5780; 650-903-6072 (Mountain View trail-closure hotline).
Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve
26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. The 1,600 acres of farm and foothill lands, once owned by the late Frank and Josephine Duveneck, host a working organic farm and offer educational activities for children, hiking trails and a youth hostel. There is a summer camp from June-August and environmental education programs from September-May.
381 Oxford Ave., Palo Alto. Nonprofit demonstrates how people can learn and apply ecology to live better. Activities include life-planning workshops; seminars in valuescience; swim, cycling and hatha yoga instruction; youth mentoring; mediation; community organizing; planting and caring for trees; habitat stewardship; water and land resource planning; environmental advocacy and publishing.
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST)
222 High St., Palo Alto. A private, nonprofit land conservancy dedicated to preserving the beauty, character and diversity of the San Francisco Peninsula landscape. Since its founding in 1977, POST has protected tens of thousands of acres of land in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
419 S. San Antonio Road, Ste. 211, Los Altos. Sempervirens Fund protects and permanently preserves redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests, wildlife habitat, watersheds, and other important natural features of California's Santa Cruz Mountains.
Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter
3921 E. Bayshore Road, Ste. 204, Palo Alto. Addresses conservation issues at local, regional and state levels. Major conservation issue areas include protection of San Francisco Bay, promoting sustainability, ending sprawl, preservation of open space and farm land, wetlands restoration, coastal protection, mass transit, energy efficiency and global warming. Also sponsors social and outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, rafting and cycling.
Trail Center, The
3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Fosters a sense of stewardship through volunteer trail projects such as building, restoring and mapping trails and protecting and improving access to open space.