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The Ecology Center, in San Juan Capistrano, is a non-profit educational center that teaches hands-on environmental solutions at the household, workplace and community level. Join us to create a healthier tomorrow.

Come visit us! Check out the Calendar to see upcoming workshops and events. View our Eco Feed for DIY tips and resources and see what's new at The Ecology Center.

Our Initiatives

The Water Effect

The Water Effect

The Water Effect is an initiative empowering Californians to cut our daily water footprint in half. Learn more

Grow Your Own!

Grow Your Own!

Our organic school gardens program provides garden consulting, educator trainings, and curriculum development for youth scholars. Learn more

Community Table Accord

Community Table Accord

The Community Table Accord is a platform to promote sustainability throughout all aspects of sourcing, preparing, and eating food. The Accord is organized around ten principles for a regenerative food system. Learn more

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Change isn’t just possible, it’s inevitable. And with your help, we can make change happen the right way. Become a member, and be part of the solution.

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Our Offerings

Tools For Change

Tools For Change

Our general store and resource center curated with tools, materials, and eco-approved products to move us toward greater sustainability Learn more

Handmade: A Maker's Market

Handmade: A Maker's Market

Handmade: A Maker's Market represents a movement empowering our community to live sustainably by supporting local artisans and making informed decisions about the things we buy. Learn more

Eco-Design School Programs

Eco-Design School Programs

Field trips, Grow Your Own! school gardens, assemblies, camps, and curricula provide eco-education to youth scholars. Learn more

Backyard Skills

Backyard Skills

A lecture and workshop series teaching hands-on techniques and positive ways to live in connection with our ecosystems. Learn more

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Local, sustainable, organic farms and gardens ensure abundant, nutritious food production for all.


Healthy water­sheds = healthy ecosystems. Harvest and conserve to make our water go further.


Reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink how we treat waste in our homes and communities.


Engage renewable energy sources and conservation at macro (grid) and micro (home) levels.


Transform your shelter into a low-impact, less expensive and healthier place to dwell.

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All five core areas work together to bring about positive ecological transformation.

Eat local — Ride a bike — Plant gardens

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32701 Alipaz St. San Juan Capistrano, 92675
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