The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society was founded in 1926 and with over 3,000 members is one of the largest National Audubon Society (NAS) chapters in California. All our programs and efforts are supported by our generous membership. All donations to us are tax-deductible since we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Please become a member if you would like to support our mission, learn more about birds and the environment, participate in our many fun activities, or volunteer to help with one of our numerous programs.
Our Mission is to preserve, to enjoy, to restore and to foster public awareness of native birds and their ecosystems, mainly in Santa Clara County.
To accomplish this mission we will...
- Promote scientifically sound conservation strategies for the protection of native ecosystems and demonstrate the value of conservation to the community.
- Educate our diverse community about the benefits of preserving and enjoying nature, focusing on youth education programs, public outreach, and field trips.
- Support research into maintaining, restoring and understanding native ecosystems, particluarly those of birds.
- Collaborate with Audubon-California, the National Audubon Society, Audubon Chapters, and other organizations to accomplish our common goals.
Our Yearly Accomplishments
We have a long list of yearly accomplishments made possible by our many generous supporters and volunteers. Help us continue this trend through the coming year by donating each year in our year-end appeal!
Our bylaws govern our chapter operations.
Updated July 2014
What's New at SCVAS
RAILS Program for Teens: Santa Clara County Teens are invited to participate in the RAILS Program with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society:
The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society's RAILS Program for Teens provides education and training for young adults ages 14-18 to help them develop skills in environmental "Research, Advocacy, Identification, Leadership and Sstewardship" - skills that will help them excel in higher education and careers in wildlife biology, field ecology and environmental education.
RAILS members participate in an 8-week summer training program based out of our headquarters at McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino. This program provides a strong foundation in the knowledge of local plants and wildlife, environmental science, field ecology, outdoor skills, environmental education practices, and local and regional conservation issues. During their time in this program, participants will explore a variety of local nature preserves and open space areas, learn critical field research skills, and gain experience as Junior Counselors in a nature camp setting.
Participants are expected to attend the bi-weekly training sessions, starting June 23rd, and the week-long summer camp between July 20th-24th. At the end of this program, RAILS participants will receive a certificate verifying their participation.
For additional information, contact [email?protected] Download the application packet HERE.
Donating Benefits our Communities
Your tax-deductible donation allows SCVAS to increase the number of youngsters, many from low income families, that we reach with our local science education programs. Your donation dollars also support our many conservation efforts that make us one of the most effective conservation organizations in the Bay Area. We have many different ways that you can volunteer and donate.
How to Volunteer for SCVAS
Fill out our Volunteer Sign-up form or contact our Programs Coordinator at (408) 252-3740 or at email@example.com.
Check out our most pressing needs, plus our list of individual and committee opportunities.
Become a volunteer for conservation.
View our volunteer calendar.