Fighting Inequality Through Hands-On Environmental Learning

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Vida Verde

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(650) 747-9288
Executive Director and Co-Founder: Laura Sears


Vida Verde is a nonprofit that promotes educational equity by providing free, overnight environmental learning experiences for students who don’t otherwise get the opportunity.

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Something that I’d never done before coming to Vida Verde was everything we did. I remember the solo walk in the redwoods. I remember it was nice, how the sun was shining on the trees. You look up and you see the little dots. The thing that was important was being brave on the Night Walk. It was really dark and we couldn’t use lights. I was kind of afraid. I made it to the other side. I got to a bench and got to see the stars and Chicken Man pointed at certain ones with a green laser and told us a story about a guy trying to reach a star.
“After the trip, I was sad because we left Vida Verde. I felt more open. I used to be more inside and shy. That trip got me out. The trip helped me to be more creative. Also, now I am a better helper and more organized too. When I was small I left my bed a mess, didn’t wash dishes, and wasn’t that responsible. After I went to Vida Verde, I learned to take care of myself. I’m still learning. Not perfect yet.
Vida Verde Alumnus from Cesar Chavez Middle School in East Palo Alto

Help More Kids Experience the Wonder of California’s Natural Beauty

After twenty years of building and improving upon our education programs and operating on several different leased properties, Vida Verde is putting down roots. Thanks to our donor community, we purchased staff housing and our Hidden Creek property in 2015 and established a Stewardship Fund for the care of that property. 

The final step in establishing a home for educational equity for generations to come will be the building of a net zero energy Education Barn, which will house a commercial teaching kitchen, indoor/outdoor classroom, group restroom facilities, and farm labor housing. We will break ground in 2022!

A vital and exciting element of this project is a solar farm that will power the barn and the property as well as charge our electric vehicles! Our “unicorn” ask is for a total of $500,000 to make this element of our project a reality. 

Key Supporters

Atkinson Foundation
David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
Franklin & Catherine Johnson Foundation
Hillsborough Garden Club
John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
Kimball Foundation
Lampert Byrd Foundation
Louis L. Borick Foundation
Mary Crocker Trust
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Moca Foundation
Morgan Family Foundation
Peery Foundation
Sand Hill Foundation
Save the Redwoods League
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation
Woodside-Atherton Garden Club