The Ecology Center Looks Back at a Decade of Transformation

The Ecology Center is pleased to announce a decade of impact, and setting the groundwork for the next ten years. Focused on sharing solutions-based ecological principles through three core initiatives that seek to transform how we grow, eat, and make, the non-profit organization has become a destination where people from across the region help plant seeds, tend the garden, share a meal in celebration, create with their hands, and learn how to thrive as a community.

From humble beginnings as a one-acre dirt lot in San Juan Capistrano, The Ecology Center has transformed into an ecological oasis and hub for sustainable solutions, expanding its footprint to 28 acres and paving the way for a transformative community farm. In ten years, The Ecology Center has shared with 750,000 online visitors, welcomed more than 100,000 guests on-site, engaged with nearly 60,000 children participants, and hosted 1,000 community events.

The Ecology Center Programming and Impact
Encinitas
Piloting the first ever certified organic school farm in the country, this site allows for The Ecology Center to grow over 20,000 pounds of food for 5,700 students at 9 elementary schools.

Backyard Skills Workshops
The Ecology Center’s skills-building workshops invite the community to participate, learn, and make a change in their home. To date, the Center has hosted over 250 workshops and reached 6,000 participants.

Seasonal Festivals
Including Handmade: A Maker’s Market and Earth Day, these favorite seasonal events have engaged over 10,000 children, adults, and families celebrating the change of seasons and creativity of our community.

Weekend Experiences
Activations and workshops have offered 45,000 onsite visitors ways to participate, dig in, and learn new skills to bring home.

Community Gatherings
Events like Taco Nights and Film Screenings join community members together on-site, with plans to welcome over 1,000 participants every year.

Farm Stand
Supporting local farmers and purveyors, the Farm Stand shares ingredients to thrive. All items offered are organic and sourced within 250 miles of San Juan Capistrano, with the potential to reach thousands of visitors monthly.

Community Table
This farm dinner series pairs celebrated chefs with a local farmer to express what a truly ecological food experience tastes like. Hundreds of community members join at the table for multiple gatherings each year.

Green Feast
The nonprofit’s annual fundraiser and farm dinner celebrates the abundance of our region and dedication of the community. In one evening each year, the Center reaches 250 community members and dozens of chefs and farmers. More than 2,300 community members have joined around the table since the first Green Feast.

School Gardens
With The Ecology Center’s mentorship and training, 100 school gardens have been built, engaging students in daily outdoor ecological education.

Eco-Tots & Field Trips
Engaging 10,000 children and their families in over 100 monthly hands-on experiences, this children’s workshop series teaches kids about garden care with songs, stories, and art projects in our ecosystem.

Road Trip
The organization’s double-decker bus is a mobile eco-education vessel that activates in-school, ecological experiences. The pilot season has reached over 10,000 people including 12 schools and 4,300 students.

As the nonprofit expands its footprint, they will plant over a thousand trees on its 28 acre community farm to help nurture the soil and create a future food forest that nourishes us all. Together with the community, members, and volunteers, The Ecology Center will plant hundreds of trees beginning spring 2019. The community farm will be a catalyst for a more abundant future, regenerating the land and showing the community what an ecological future looks and tastes like.

The Ecology Center believes in building a better world. To invest in our future and donate a tree today, please visit TheEcologyCenter.org/Donate. For more information on The Ecology Center and to stay updated with expansion plans and upcoming events, please visit www.TheEcologyCenter.org or call (949) 443-4223.

The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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