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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. ...
ENC's Sama Wareh Teaches Teachers to Teach Art

ENC’s Sama Wareh Teaches Teachers to Teach Art

The ENC Excellent Educator series brings all kinds of educators together for fun afternoons of learning exciting hands-on ways to teach children about science and nature.  Everyone is invited!  Classroom teachers, outdoor educators, scout leaders and parents – anyone who wants to be a better educator. Each workshop is $5, and free for members. Our...
Celebrate Sustainable Design

Celebrate Sustainable Design

Join the Environmental Nature Center in partnership with Room & Board on Tuesday, November 13th for a lively evening with special guest Wayne Inouye as he leads an inspired conversation about sustainable architecture. Wayne will discuss his most recent project: designing a LEED Platinum home in Corona del Mar, furnished by Room & Board. Room & Board is committed to supporting American manufacturers and small, family-owned businesses....
Shop Local at the ENC Artisan Marketplace this Holiday Season!

Shop Local at the ENC Artisan Marketplace this Holiday Season!

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will present the Artisan Marketplace on Sunday, December 7 from 10AM to 3PM.  Guests will walk the trails and shop for handmade gifts from local artisans offering a variety of eco-friendly, sustainable, arts and crafts. The inaugural event will feature over 60 artisans, 6 food vendors and 2 musical acts. For more...
Discover a Different Type of Green House

Discover a Different Type of Green House

Thursday, November 13, 6 to 8 P.M. Conversation begins at 6:30 P.M. at Room & Board, South Coast Plaza Village 1661 West Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana RSVP at http://www.roomandboard.com/encsouthcoast Please join us for a lively evening with special guest Wayne Inouye as he leads an inspired conversation about sustainable architecture. Wayne will discuss his most recent project: designing a LEED Platinum home in Corona del Mar, furnished by...
City of Newport Beach & ENC Team up to help our Community Cope with the Drought!

City of Newport Beach & ENC Team up to help our Community Cope with the Drought!

2014 has been California’s third driest in 119 years of record. The state’s major reservoirs hold only 60 percent of average storage, or about 41 percent of capacity. A state of emergency has been declared in California. On November 5th from 6-7PM, the Environmental Nature Center is hosting a presentation featuring George Murdoch, Newport Beach...
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