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Why the ENC does not condone the use of shells in arts, crafts, jewelry, etc.

Why the ENC does not condone the use of shells in arts, crafts, jewelry, etc.

Every year, millions of seahorses, sea stars, shellfish, corals, and other marine animals are collected alive and dried as souvenirs. Taking shells from the beach also disrupts the aquatic ecosystem. Left in place these “shells” provide homes for some animals like hermit crabs, shelter for small fish, and are used in the nests of some...
Socially Responsible Investing

Socially Responsible Investing

Are you concerned about the earth and people who live on it? Socially responsible investing, also known as ethical, sustainable, or green investing, is a type of investing that focuses on ideas such as environmental sustainability and alternative energy. Not only does socially responsible investing have the potential to result in a return on your...
Calling all Artisans!

Calling all Artisans!

Do you create something? Food? Handmade goods? Fine art? Music? Consider being a vendor at the ENC’s Artisan Marketplace on December 7, 2014! This holiday season the ENC is holding the Artisan Marketplace, where guests can walk the trails to shop for handmade gifts from local artisans offering a variety of eco-friendly, sustainable products. The...
What do the ENC Naturalists Like Most About Summer Camp?

What do the ENC Naturalists Like Most About Summer Camp?

The ENC Staff were asked what they were most looking forward to when Nature Camp starts next week.  This is what they said: Lori: Summer Camp time is my favorite part of the year! I love that our campers are able to spend time in Nature all day, for days at a time – it...
Local Student's Naturalist Career Shadow Project a Success!

Local Student’s Naturalist Career Shadow Project a Success!

Interested in learning what it’s like to be a Naturalist at the ENC? Sara Wong loved her career shadow experience with the ENC, where she worked with our Naturalists after school for her middle school’s Science Fair. Sara’s project, entitled “The Environment Is Where We All Meet”, documented her experience, as she learned about the...
Calling all Picassos!

Calling all Picassos!

Calling all Picassos! Students ages 9 to 12 are invited to join in the fun at the next After School Artist: Color Workshop on June 26th, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Come learn some basic color techniques from Raymond Otis, the Artist Laureate of Newport Beach. The class will offer a great art lesson for beginners, as...
Teen volunteers wanted as "Leaders in Training"!

Teen volunteers wanted as “Leaders in Training”!

The Environmental Nature Center is still accepting applications for Leaders in Training for this Summer’s Nature Camp. If you enjoy working with children and are interested in gaining more experience doing so, apply now! Previously referred to as Junior Naturalists, Leaders In Training will volunteer at Nature Camp this summer to work and interact with...
Native Milkweed Plants Can Save Monarch Population

Native Milkweed Plants Can Save Monarch Population

Every November, 33 million monarch butterflies migrate up to 2,800 miles to Mexico for their winter hibernation, escaping the freezing winter temperatures in the United States. For several months, they’ll take shelter in oyamel fir trees, returning to the very same tree every year. However, in recent years, scientists have noticed the monarch population to...
Calling all Ravens!

Calling all Ravens!

Calling all Ravens: This summer, the ENC will be hosting a new and unique camp for 7th and 8th graders called Order of the Raven. It will be taking place from July 7-17, from 9am-3pm. This eight day-long experience is an opportunity for students to learn life skills, get in touch with their innate capacity for contribution,...
The Butterflies are Back in Town!

The Butterflies are Back in Town!

It is spring and the butterflies are officially back in town. The grand re-opening of the ENC Butterfly House will be during the Spring Fair on Sunday, May 4th.  The butterfly house will feature various butterfly species native to Orange County, including Mourning Cloak, Monarch, and California Dogface (our state butterfly).  The butterfly house will...
Spring Faire Entertainment at the “Fire Circle Stage”

Spring Faire Entertainment at the “Fire Circle Stage”

What is the “Fire Circle Stage,” you might ask? It is the Environmental Nature Center’s outdoor entertainment stage that wraps around a fire pit. Local organizations will be performing and presenting at the “Fire Circle Stage” during the Spring Fair on May 4, 2014. Come check out live performances by the Young Singers of Orange...
Come for the Butterflies, stay for the Wolves!

Come for the Butterflies, stay for the Wolves!

    Attention animal lovers: Scorpions, lizards and wolves (oh my)! Are you an animal lover? Come check out a variety of amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects and more at the 9th annual Spring Faire, hosted by the Environmental Nature Center on May 4, 2014! Visitors will include representatives from the Orange County Bird of...
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