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Summer Drum Circles Scheduled!

Summer Drum Circles Scheduled!

The Environmental Nature Center will host two Drum Circles this Summer, the first on July 30, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (adults only), and the second on August 27, 7 – 8 pm (for families). Community members are invited to join facilitator Laurene Keane who will be providing drums for those who don’t have one....
Father Son Camp-out coming soon to the ENC!

Father Son Camp-out coming soon to the ENC!

On June 19, fathers and their sons will pack up their tents and sleeping bags and head to the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach to enjoy some one-on-one time or participate in group father/son activities, including crawdad catching, raft building, and fire starter kit making. The fee is $115 for each Father/Son pair and...
Does the ENC Recycle?

Does the ENC Recycle?

We recycle on the grounds: We recycle in our kitchen: We recycle in our classroom: We recycle in our offices: We recycle at the front desk: We educate children about recycling: We educate adults about recycling:  
ENC Seeks Summer Camp Teacher!

ENC Seeks Summer Camp Teacher!

The Environmental Nature Center is seeking a  Summer Camp Teacher/Naturalist! The Camp Teacher/Naturalist is responsible for teaching outdoor environmental and social science education programs to children. TheCamp Teacher/Naturalist’s goals are to encourage students’ awareness and appreciation of the environment, broaden students’ knowledge of science concepts, and foster students’ commitment to the protection of the natural environment....
300 Pounds Later - A Coffee Story

300 Pounds Later – A Coffee Story

Sitting on the dock in Catalina Island and watching bioluminescence follow our fingertips in the water, the girl scouts and I bonded over nature, art, and science. They had taken me along on their Catalina trip to lead Traveling Naturalist Programs for them. Little did I know that this bond would extend beyond that trip....
So you want to work with young children in nature....

So you want to work with young children in nature….

We frequently receive communications from people interested in working at our Nature Preschool, or in the Outdoor Early Childhood Education field.  Here are some great suggestions from our Education Coordinator , Alex Lane, for folks with an interest in working with young children in Nature: Read up! There are a couple good books that I’ve...
The Order of the Raven Helps Middle School Kids Take Flight

The Order of the Raven Helps Middle School Kids Take Flight

There are few programs that bear such gravitas in a name like The Order of the Raven, and it’s for good reason; The Order of the Raven integrates fluid learning styles for middle schoolers as they garner new methods of self-sufficiency and discovery. The Order of the Raven is an eight-day camp brimming with activities...
Farewell, Nathan

Farewell, Nathan

One of my favorite parts about working at the Environmental Nature Center is the great people I work with. The staff is amazing and I consider them friends as well as talented educators. Several years ago we began a service learning internship program, which has also given me the opportunity to work with a number...
ENC’s 10th Annual Spring Faire!

ENC’s 10th Annual Spring Faire!

It’s that time of the year again for nature lovers of all ages! The Environmental Nature Center is hosting its 10th annual Spring Faire! This is event will host the much-anticipated opening of Orange County’s one and only Butterfly House, which provides an opportunity to learn about the diets and habits of California’s native butterflies....
Trashy Yet Classy: The 4th Annual Youth Art Exhibit at the Spring Faire

Trashy Yet Classy: The 4th Annual Youth Art Exhibit at the Spring Faire

Calling all young artists! The Environmental Nature Center is accepting works of art for the 4th Annual Youth Art Exhibit at the Spring Faire on May 3rd. This gives kids a chance to spread their own environmental message through their artistic talents. This year’s theme is “Trashy Yet Classy,” which presents an opportunity for kids...
The search for milkweed has begun

The search for milkweed has begun

Asclepias californica, California milkweed, is a perennial native to Orange County and California and is found only slightly beyond California borders. Butterfly lovers all over Southern California are eagerly searching for milkweed plants to attract monarch butterflies to their gardens.  Because of habitat loss and pesticide use, the monarch butterfly population has dropped by 80%...
WANTED: Leaders in Training

WANTED: Leaders in Training

The Environmental Nature Center is accepting applications again for its Leaders in Training program! The program provides a great opportunity for high school students to exercise important skills in passing on knowledge to the next generation of young Nature Lovers. By leading projects during school break camps, they provide kids with a chance to explore...
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