Get Involved with Explore Ecology

Donations of time, materials and money from countless community members have been critical to our success over the years. Join those who have gotten us this far and get involved in not just our future as an organization, but in the future of our children and families.

Make a Financial Contribution

Your contribution allows Explore Ecology to conduct our programs for little or no cost to our participants, and to share educational resources with students and educators in our community.

  • Become a first-time donor
  • Increase your annual giving level
  • Fund an art show as an AFS Gallery Patron
  • Donate to the School ReUse Materials Program
  • Support us with a general fund donation

Click here to make an online donation through Network For Good.
Click here to download a PDF Donation Form.

For more information contact Melissa Brooks, Director of Development, at 805 884-0459 x 17 or melissa(at)


Volunteers are our valuable partners who assist in all areas of Explore Ecology programs and make our continuing service to the community a possibility. Adults, high school and college students, business groups, and those needing community service hours or participating in Teen Court are welcome.

  • Assist staff at Community Art Events and Art Opennings
  • Attend our monthly Beach Cleanups
  • Intern in our Summer Camp
  • Help in the AFS ReUse store
  • Join fundraising and event planning committees
  • And much more

Sign up to be a Volunteer through Volunteer Match

For more information contact Jill at 805 884-0459 x 13 or

Donate Materials to the Art From Scrap ReUse Store

Since 1990 local businesses have acted as integral partners with Art From Scrap by contributing useable discards that are the cornerstone of our art and environmental education program.

We accept pre-approved donations of clean and safe re-useable materials from businesses and individuals. Donations reduce your disposal costs, keep items out of the landfill, and are tax-deductible.

MaterIals Wish List:

  • Double-sided tape
  • Buttons, beads and feathers
  • Wire and springs
  • Cigar boxes
  • Sticky back paper and vinyl
  • Bolts of fabric
  • Unique and interesting doodads

For information on types of items we accept or to arrange a donation, call the AFS ReUse store at
805 884-0459 x 11 or email us at tara(at)