The Youth Science Institute (YSI) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization whose mission is "to inspire enthusiasm for science and a love of learning". We fulfill our mission by offering hands-on, nature-based, science education to children, families, and the general public. We offer School and Group Programs, Summer Science Camps, weekend Science Safaris, and annual community events. Many of our programs include live animals and nature hikes. Each year, we deliver inquiry-based life, physical, earth, and social science to nearly 30,000 pre-K to sixth-grade students. Since our founding in 1953, we have served hundreds of thousands of children.
YSI maintains three Science and Nature Centers, where we deliver our hands-on science and experiential environmental education programs: Alum Rock Park, San Jose, CA; Sanborn County Park, Saratoga, CA; and Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos, CA. Each Center has unique artifacts, collections, and resources that connect the public with nature while teaching science.
Our Board of Directors.
Pam Hoult, President
Robin O'Hern, Secretary
Sandy Knell, Treasurer
Meghan Burton, Director
Kris Ingram, Director
Robert Larsen, Director
Marisol Mendoza, Director
Eva Uzun, Director
Joe Van Sambeek, Director
Erika Buck, Executive Directorerika@ysi-ca.orgMarc Cooper, Program Manager - School & Group Programs
Cassie Vaniotis, Program Manager - Camp Programscassie@ysi-ca.org
Jennifer Biggerstaff, Program and Office Administratorjennifer@ysi-ca.orgDorothy Johnson, Senior Animal Curatordj@ysi-ca.orgSerena Flores, Wildlife and Nature Center Interpreterserena@ysi-ca.org
Glen Marchant, Animal Curatorglen@ysi-ca.orgInstructors
IRS Form 990 (click to download PDF copy).
Financial Statements (click to download PDF copy).
YSI In The News.