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The Benefits of Nature Preschool Education

The Benefits of Nature Preschool Education

Debating whether your child will benefit from preschool? A new report confirms that early education is crucial to child development and influences children well into adulthood. Those who received early education are healthier adults in their 30s and 40s, with lower blood pressure and lower levels of obesity, hypertension, and coronary heart disease. Programs with...
ENC Sponsors Next Generation of Aerospace Leaders

ENC Sponsors Next Generation of Aerospace Leaders

Up, up, and away! The ENC sponsored a team to compete in the world’s largest rocket contest, the annual Team America Rocketry Challenge, alongside more than 700 teams and 7,000 students in 48 states. Over the last 8 months, the ENC team – consisting of four students in grades 7 to 12 – has been...
Campers will Spring into Nature Camp in April

Campers will Spring into Nature Camp in April

The ENC’s Spring Break Nature Camp is April 7-10.  Students in Kindergarten through 6th grade will explore themes including Mad Science, “Hurray for Spring!” Past, Present and Future, “Back in the Day…” and In the footsteps of John Muir. The ENC’s Nature Camp is an easy and safe way for children to get engaged in...
ENC Taste of OC Preview: Pie-Not

ENC Taste of OC Preview: Pie-Not

Orange County has long been home to a host of internationally inspired culinary options, but only recently has it offered its community authentic, gourmet Australian bakery items, handmade fresh daily using only the highest quality ingredients, including locally sourced meats and produce – thanks to the opening of Pie-Not in Costa Mesa. Driving this new...
ENC Taste of OC Preview:  Sensitive Sweets

ENC Taste of OC Preview: Sensitive Sweets

My name is Melanie and I am the proud mother of two wonderful little boys. Over the past couple of years I have spent countless hours creating recipes for my youngest son Bradley. Bradley was diagnosed with severe food allergies at about 9 months old. Prior to that he suffered from severe eczema and nothing...
3 Things you should know about Art

3 Things you should know about Art

by Sama Wareh, ENC Community Outreach Coordinator At some point in our life, someone told us that it was not right. The circle should be better drawn, the subject matter is not important, the animal doesn’t look like the real animal. Go back and find that exact moment, that exact moment that changed the course...
Need some balance in your life?

Need some balance in your life?

Yoga at the Nature Center is an answer. The Environmental Nature Center is a great place and a great way to reclaim or nurture a little balance in your life.  Visit the ENC to relax and strengthen with some basic to intermediate yoga techniques.  Yoga works on the body and mind and is suitable for...
Drought got you Down?  Try Native Plants!

Drought got you Down? Try Native Plants!

While part of the country is dealing with record-breaking winters, California is too. It’s true, we are officially in a drought. The last time California was in a drought like this was … well actually they’re saying this is our driest year on record. Governor Jerry Brown has officially announced this drought as an EMERGENCY....
Ahhhhhhhooooooooooo

Ahhhhhhhooooooooooo

Why do wolves howl? Howling is one of the many ways that wolves communicate.  Wolves howl to declare their territory, reunite pack members and as mourning call out to deceased individuals. My name is Skie Bender; I work at Wolf Haven International, a nonprofit sanctuary for captive-born wolves located in the small farming community of...
Walk with a Fun Guy and look for some Fungi

Walk with a Fun Guy and look for some Fungi

Local wildlife biologist Greg Miller has been leading mushroom walks at the Environmental Nature Center since 2004.  He only does it once a year, and THIS SATURDAY (January 18 at 1PM) is your only chance to take a Mushroom Walk with Gregg at the ENC in 2014! Mushrooms usually grow when the weather is wet, but for...
ENC recruiting Assistant Camp Director Interns

ENC recruiting Assistant Camp Director Interns

The Environmental Nature Center is currently recruiting Assistant Camp Directors for Summer Camp.  The ENC Assistant Camp Director position is an unpaid internship for high school students that have been Junior Naturalists at the ENC in the past.  It’s an awesome experience to add onto your résumé and college application. The Assistant Camp Director works in...
Holiday gift packaging got you down?

Holiday gift packaging got you down?

Holiday gift packaging got you down?  Don’t know what to do with all of that Styrofoam packing material?  Waste for Waves has it covered! Waste for Waves uses donated Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam that cannot be recycled, and turns it into surfboard blanks and other “eco-friendlier” surfing products. The process is simple. Any expanded polystyrene...
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