San Juan Capistrano, California
It may be an educational outfit, but you won’t get any lectures at The Ecology Center, which aims to make green living simple and fun. In the monthly Farm to Fork cooking classes, for instance, kids and adults harvest ingredients from the center’s gardens, cook them with local chefs, and then share their creations at a communal table. In Backyard Skills workshops, meanwhile, students learn to install their own container-garden boxes and rainwater barrels, among other things. And at the Tools for Change general store, the staff teaches customers how to use everything from worm-composting bins to DIY cleaning products—you can get your hands dirty, have some fun, and do good.
32701 Alipaz St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA