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Habitat Helpers program teaches volunteers about the detrimental effects of non-native invasive weeds

Habitat Helpers program teaches volunteers about the detrimental effects of non-native invasive weeds

The ENC is host to a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from Museum Docent to Faire Volunteer, but it’s no secret that the ENC’s 3.5 acres of natural habitat needs more than a few helping hands to keep it healthy. Our incredible plant communities are here for the public to enjoy and explore, but they...
Welcome aboard, Nathan!

Welcome aboard, Nathan!

The ENC has a new marketing intern! Nathan Serafin is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley with a BS in Society and Environment and a concentration in U.S. Environmental Policy and Management. He minored in English, and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. While at Berkeley, Nathan was involved with “Alternative Breaks,” a service-learning program...
Bring the Family to the Wilderness Survival Game Show!

Bring the Family to the Wilderness Survival Game Show!

More than ever, wilderness survival skill shows have become increasingly popular. From Man Vs. Wild to the contagious cult following of the Hunger Games, the exposure to wilderness survival is becoming greater and greater. While spending time in the wilderness is very healthy and healing for the spirit, knowing how to survive in the wilderness...
Why Do Wolves (and dogs) Roll On Stinky Stuff?

Why Do Wolves (and dogs) Roll On Stinky Stuff?

The following blog article is by guest blogger Skie Bender of Wolf Haven International. Skie is visiting from Washington on January 29 to present “World of Wolves II”. Register online! Wolves and dogs have three main forms of communication: vocalization, body language and scent marking and rolling. Today’s focus will be on scent rolling. If...
ENC helps educators to be more "Excellent"

ENC helps educators to be more “Excellent”

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) invites all educators to the Excellent Educator Series, a monthly event at which educators learn new hands-on ways to educate children about science and nature. The Excellent Educator Series consists of four workshops.  Attendees will learn exciting ways to broaden their teaching abilities.  Each workshop is only $5 (free for...
Creating a Nature Preschool

Creating a Nature Preschool

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) has been a part of the Newport Beach, CA community since 1972.  We are a landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life’s daily stresses, and a place of preservation and education. The ENC recently purchased a 1.3-acre property adjoining ours. Our vision is to expand our natural habitat, develop a...
ENC Winter Camp is just Around the Corner!

ENC Winter Camp is just Around the Corner!

The ENC’s annual Winter Nature Camp is just around the corner! The first week is already full, but there are still some spots remaining in week 2.  Students in Kindergarten through 6th grade will explore fun and interactive themes including “Campy Awesomeness”, Marvelously Misunderstood Animals, and Sustainability Superheroes!  Each day, campers (divided into small groups by...
Featured Artist Kirsten Maeda gets creative with her Daughters!

Featured Artist Kirsten Maeda gets creative with her Daughters!

As long as I can I remember I have always loved the arts. I grew up in a creative family and was especially inspired by my creative mom and grandmother, so creating and designing have always been a natural talent and love of mine. Now to be collaborating and working on creative projects with my daughters is one of...
Excited for my first Winter Camp!

Excited for my first Winter Camp!

As an excited, newly hired Naturalist at the ENC, this will be my first winter camp. I am currently working hard to create my own fun and educational program that will be a part of this already amazing winter camp. I can tell already that all of the ENC’s Naturalists are animated, intelligent, and caring...
Featured ENC Artisan Marketplace Artist: Moore Damm Art

Featured ENC Artisan Marketplace Artist: Moore Damm Art

Moore Damm Art is a partnership between artist, Dede Dammann and business manager, Amy Moore. Not only is it a play on words but also a belief that this is, “just what the world needs…” Dede has been prolific for her entire life producing a variety of paintings, hand embroidered jeans, paper mache, tie-dye, pen...
Room & Board Donates $25,000 to ENC

Room & Board Donates $25,000 to ENC

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) accepted a $25,000 donation from Room & Board South Coast Plaza on Thursday, November 13th at the South Coast Plaza showroom. The donation will help support the ENC’s Environmental Education programs.   The check was presented during Room & Board’s “Celebrate Sustainable Design” event. Special guest Wayne Inouye led an...
And the ENC's 2014 Volunteer of the Year is....

And the ENC’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year is….

This year’s volunteer of the year has been volunteering twice a week at the ENC since February 2011 – over 400 hours each year, over 1500 hours so far.  Can you imagine working 1500 hours for FREE!? As a Museum Docent he is the first face people see when they enter the ENC’s Nature Museum. ...
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