The Ecology Center

A non-profit eco-education center focused on creative solutions for thriving on planet Earth


Our holistic approach to change-making is based on our core belief that we are a part of nature, intimately interconnected to each other and our shared environment. Through daily action, we can transform our schools, homes, workplaces, and communities into vibrant spaces.

We work to inspire communities around simple solutions that empower individuals everywhere to be part of the solution. Together, we can create a healthy, abundant future.


Growing garden ecosystems at home and at school

Creating gardens, resources, and community to make vibrant spaces out of vacant places.

Grow Your Own
Scott Sporleder, Photographer


Building pathways to an ecological food future

Gathering chefs, farmers, and community together to eat with intention.

Community Table Accord


Supporting local artisan culture

Creating pathways for more conscious consumption by building a vibrant local economy.


Our Home

The Ecology Center’s headquarters is located in the historic Congdon Farmhouse in San Juan Capistrano, CA

From an empty dirt lot, we have created an ecological oasis. Our home is a model for how every home can be reimagined and every space revived

Having witnessed more than 130 years of social, agricultural, and environmental change, the Congdon House is the perfect venue for an exploration of the links between past, present, and future. At the same time, as one of the oldest standing embodiments of the past, it serves to remind us that we must act today to rejuvenate the environment for the generations to follow.

Evan Marks

Founder & Director

With his background in permaculture and agroecology, and, having worked extensively in California and Hawaii and internationally in Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, Ghana and Nigeria, Evan Marks knows that people have the ability to directly impact the environment through individual change.


Bret Babos

Director of Operations

Katie Hibbard

Education & Design

Kat Reynolds

Marketing Manager

Stephen Allison

Facilities Manager

Rebecca Noble

Farm Stand Manager

Jonathan Zaidman

Director of Programming and Impact

Andrew Sieger


Aly Musenburg

Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager

Carter Wallace

Garden Manager

Summer Kerr

Farm Share Coordinator

Danaan Wilson

Farm Stand Manager

Debbie Hanson


Nereo Zago