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Newport Beach Independent: ENC Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch

October 16, 2014 - For the 40th year in a row, families can enjoy autumn activities and pick a pumpkin from the patch at a local nature center this weekend. The Environmental Nature Center’s 40th Annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their facility at 1601 E. 16th St. Read more.

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ENC PRESENTS TASTE OF TWILIGHT MEMBER APPRECIATION EVENT

October 7, 2014 – The ENC will host A Taste of Twilight, the ENC’s annual member and volunteer appreciation dinner, on November 7. Guests will enjoy fun nocturnal nature activities along the trail, enjoy a delicious picnic dinner, and listen the the Shadybrook Band. Staff will announce the Volunteer of the Year and more. Read more.

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FULLERTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS EXPLORE GREEN CAREERS AT THE ENC

September 30, 2014 – The ENC’s state-of-the-art Platinum LEED learning facility will host Exploring Green Careers, presented by Vital Link and the Fullerton Union High School District G-Cademy, on October 14. Students will have the opportunity to interact with professionals that work in green industries. Read more HERE.

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ENVIRONMENTAL NATURE CENTER WINS “MOST SUSTAINABLE NGO” AWARD

September 26, 2014 – The Orange County Chapter of the US Green Building Council honored and celebrated organizations and people leading the way – including the ENC – in sustainability at last night’s 2014 Eco Awards. Read more HERE.

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ENVIRONMENTAL NATURE CENTER PRESENTS 40th ANNUAL FALL FAIRE

September 23, 2014 – The Environmental Nature Center is hosting its largest event of the year – the Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch – on October 19 from 10AM to 3PM.  Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the ENC’s environmental education programs. Read more HERE.

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ENVIRONMENTAL NATURE CENTER NAMED BEST DAY CAMP BY PARENTING OC

September 2014 – Nurturing a love of Nature, this first timer to the Parenting OC awards list inspired voters with their goal of teaching ecological responsibility and respect for the environment through hands-on activities. A Naturalist-to-camper ratio of ten-to-one ensures kids stay engaged as they learn and explore the world around them.

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NEWPORT BEACH INDEPENDANT: CHARITY DONATES BICYCLES TO NATURE CENTER

May 23, 2014 – Employees at a local nature center will now be able to reduce their carbon footprint even more by completing their errands via bicycle, thanks to a charitable group of mothers and daughters. The Newport chapter of the National Charity League recently donated… Read more HERE.

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ENC LEADER IN TRAINING PROGRAM REPLACES JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAM

Newport Beach, Calif., May 20, 2014 –The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) Junior Naturalist program has been given a long overdue facelift and renamed the “Leader in Training” program. Read more HERE.

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ENC presents 11th ANNUAL NEWPORT BAY SCAVENGER HUNT

Newport Beach, Calif., May 13, 2014 – The ENC will present its 11th annual Newport Bay Scavenger Hunt on Thursday, May 29th at 5:30. During the event hosted by Duffy Boats, 12 teams from the community will board electric boats to compete for the respect and honor of their peers, as well as fabulous prizes. Read more HERE.

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ENC presents new Middle School program

Newport Beach, Calif., May 6, 2014 -On July 7, 2014, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will present a new program for middle school students, called “Order of the Raven.” The eight day long experience is an opportunity for students entering 7th and 8th grade to learn life skills, get in touch with their innate capacity for contribution, and prepare for the transitions ahead. Read more HERE.

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ENC presents Teachers Night Out

Newport Beach, Calif., April 29, 2014 - The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is presenting a “Teachers Night Out” on Wednesday, May 28, from 3:30 – 7 PM. PreK through 7th grade teachers will explore the ENC’s nature trails and butterfly house while conversing with ENC Naturalists. Read more HERE.

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ENC presents 37th year of Summer Nature Camps 

Newport Beach, Calif., April 17, 2014 - On June 30, 2014, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will begin its 37th year of Summer Nature Camp for children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. Read more HERE.

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ENC receives $25,000 Donation from Room & Board

Newport Beach, Calif., November 6, 2013 – The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) accepted a $25,000 donation from Room & Board South Coast Plaza on Thursday, November 7th at 6:00pm at the South Coast Plaza showroom. The donation will help support the ENC’s Environmental Education programs.  Read more HERE.

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OC Register: Fall Faire highlights wild, open space in Newport Beach

October 13, 2013 - Pumpkins, pony rides and a petting zoo drew about 3,000 people to the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach on Sunday for its 33rd annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch. Also featured were children’s crafts, games and live-animal exhibits. Read more HERE.

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ENC Purchases Adjoining Property

Newport Beach, Calif., January 11, 2013 – The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) has purchased the property at 745 Dover Drive.  The ENC’s $10 million capital campaign to expand onto the adjacent 1.3 acre plot and build the community’s first nature preschool and nature play area is in full swing.  Read more HERE.

Meet our Experts:

Please contact Lori Whalen to schedule an interview with any of the following people:

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Bo Glover, Executive Director

  • Sustainability
  • Non-profit Management
  • ENC History & General Info

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Lori Whalen, Education & Community Relations Director

  • Environmental Education
  • Volunteer Management

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Mike Swingholm, Grounds Manager

  • California Native Plants
  • Eagle Scout Projects
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Alex Lane, Education Coordinator

  • Hands on Science Education
  • Curricula Development
  • California State and Common Core Standards Implementation
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Sarah Fitzgerald, Facility Manager

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Event Coordination
  • Facility Rental
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Sama Wareh, Outreach Coordinator

  • Outreach Programs
  • Traveling Naturalist
  • Art in Nature

More about Sama.