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Press Release: Gathering to Honor Robert Shelton to be held at ENC

January 18, 2017 – A memory walk and casual, social gathering to celebrate the life of Robert Shelton will be held on Saturday, January 28th from 12:30 to 2:30PM at the Environmental Nature Center. A 59 year resident of Corona del Mar, Robert passed away in November at the age of 93. Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC hosts Teachers Night Out

January 11, 2017 – The ENC will host their third “Teachers Night Out!” on Thursday, February 2, from 4 – 7 PM. K through 12 grade teachers will tour the ENC and participate in hands-on activities that put into practice the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Read the entire release.

Press Release: Author/Naturalist Allan Schoenherr to speak at ENC

January 5, 2017 – The ENC will host a presentation by author and naturalist Allan Schoenherr on January 19 at 6PM as part of the ENC Adult Speaker Series. Allan will present “Natural History of Open Space in Orange County,” a virtual journey down the paths and trails of wild Orange County. Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC presents Reading in the Redwoods

Newport Beach, Calif., December 20, 2016 – The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will present Reading in the Redwoods on January 15, 2017, from 9:30-11AM. Participants will take a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest with ENC Executive Director Bo Glover and Naturalist Valerie Bain. Glover will perform a few Magic Tricks & read “The Lorax”. Read the entire release.


Press Release: ENC receives $50,000 donation from Youth Development Foundation

December 15, 2016 – The ENC accepted a $50,000 donation from Frank Randall, Trustee of the Youth Development Foundation, today. The donation will fund the restoration of the Center’s stream and pond, the development of a new Butterfly Habitat Observation Deck, and more. Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC Presents Fire 101 with Executive Director Bo Glover

November 29, 2016 — The ENC will present Fire 101 on January 14, 2017, from 1pm to 5pm. Participants will take part in educational activities led by ENC Executive Director, Bo Glover, to learn the basics of fire making, an essential survival skill. Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC Presents Winter Nature Camp

November 29, 2016 — The ENC will present Winter Camp in two sessions: December 26-29 and January 2-5.  Campers will participate in educational hands-on activities each day. Adventures within the Nature Center will increase their knowledge and appreciation for the natural world. Read the entire release.

FunOrangeCountyParks.com: Places to Help OC Non-Profits (& Play!) While You Shop Local

November 28, 2016 — …ENCs Nature’s Gifts has a great website where you can preview their extensive collection of gift possibilities. Walk the grounds and feel very immersed in nature at the ENC… Read the entire article.


Newport Beach Independent: Mother, Daughter Artists Open Online Shop

November 25, 2016 — …A local mother and daughter duo has put their creative sides to work, while supporting local nonprofits at the same time. The pair selected two local nonprofits to support during the grand opening of their online business: The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach and the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach… Read the entire article.

Daily Pilot: The time when Coach Mike got a new bike

November 23, 2016 — …Don’t you dare throw away a plastic bottle in an ordinary trash can. Coach Mike is a stickler for recycling. For the past 15 years, Coach Mike has been a volunteer at the ENC, where he enjoys greeting visitors and performing various tasks to help out… Read the entire article.

Press Release: ENC Hosts Fall Native Plant Sale

November 2, 2016 — The ENC will host a Native Plant Sale on November 19th, from 9am to 3pm. Homeowners are invited to purchase various plants native to Orange County for their yards. Proceeds support the ENC’s mission to provide quality education through hands-on experience with Nature. Read the entire release.

Press Release: UCI Researchers to Speak on Resilience to Sea Level Rise 

November 1, 2016 — The ENC will host a presentation by the three principal scientists directing a $3 million National Science Foundation grant for a project known as FloodRISE on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at 6:00pm. The project will provide scientific foundations for planning coastal resilience in the changing coastal environment caused by sea level rise and stronger storms. Read the entire release.

Press Release: Author & Storyteller Chris Epting to Speak at ENC

October 26, 2016 — The ENC will host a presentation by author and storyteller Chris Epting on November 2 at 6PM as part of the ENC Adult Speaker Series. Chris will present “Hidden Orange County,” a look at some weird and wonderful, off the beaten track landmarks throughout the OC. Read the entire release.


Press Release: ENC receives $10,000 grant from Bank of America

October 25, 2016 — The ENC recently accepted a $10,000 Grant from Bank of America. The donation will help support the ENC’s Environmental Education programs. Read the entire release.

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Press Release: ENC Hosting Teachers Night Out

September 6, 2016 — The ENC will host a “Teachers Night Out!” on Friday, October 7, from 3:30 – 7 PM. K through 3rd grade teachers will explore the ENC’s nature trails and learn hands-on science activities aligned with the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Read the entire release. 

Press Release: ENC Hosting Annual Taste of Twilight

August 23, 2016 — The ENC will host its annual Taste of Twilight dinner event for its members and their families on Thursday, September 22nd at 5:30 pm. Guests will enjoy hands-on nature activities along the trails.  A complimentary dinner will be provided, and the Shadybrook Band will play live music into the night. Read the entire release. 

LA Times: What comes to mind when you think ‘Newport Beach weekend escape’?

July 7, 2016. How about kayaking and hiking? Between school and work, three days was all my family of four could put together for a recent vacation. We wanted relaxation, a sense of awe and good food so imagine our surprise at finding all that in Newport Beach just a half-hour from our home. Read the entire article.

Press Release: ENC Presents Chris Epting

June 1, 2016 – The ENC will host a presentation by author and storyteller Chris Epting on June 29 at 6PM. Chris will discuss his latest book, Teddy Roosevelt in California. The Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th Street, in Newport Beach. Registration is available at encenter.org Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC Presents Summer Soiree

May 25, 2016 – The ENC will host a Summer Soiree fundraiser on Saturday June 11, 2016. The event will feature cocktails & hors d’oeuvres served streamside, dinner under the stars, live music, and live and silent auctions. Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC Offers Outdoor Options for Kids this Summer

May 17, 2016 – On June 27, 2016, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will begin its 39th year of Summer Nature Camp for children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. Camp will be held Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with ½ day camps available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read the entire release.

OC Register: Things to do Today in Orange County

May 16, 2016 – Looking for something to do today in O.C.? Here are a few options, many of which are family-friendly. SPRING FAIRE. Featuring Butterfly House opening, juried youth art exhibit, food at third annual Savor OC, eco-friendly crafts, insects, birds of prey, native plant sales, live edu-tainment. Read the entire article. And here it is in the Register on May 13 as well!

Press Release: ENC Recruiting Leaders

May 5, 2016 – The ENC is accepting applications for its Leaders in Training (LIT) program.  LITs are high school students that volunteer to help with the ENC’s Nature Camps during school breaks. Read the entire release.

Press Release: 13th Annual ENC Newport Bay Scavenger Hunt

April 28, 2016- The ENC is presenting its 13th annual Newport Bay Scavenger Hunt on Thursday, May 26th, 2016. The scavenger hunt is hosted by the Duffy Electric Boat Company in support of the Environmental Nature Center’s environmental education programs. For more info visit encenter.org. Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC Presents Drought Themed Youth Art Exhibit

April 14, 2016- The ENC is presenting a “Drought” themed Youth Art Exhibit on May 15, 2016 from 10am-3pm. Youth, ages 4 – 18 have the opportunity to exhibit their art at the Environmental Nature Center’s Spring Faire. The exhibit is sponsored by Mesa Water District and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. For more info visit encenter.org Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC presents 11th annual Spring Faire

April 12, 2016 – The ENC will present its 11th annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening on Sunday May 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The Faire will feature a Youth Art Show themed “Drought”.  “Savor OC” will feature delicious food and beverages from local restaurants.  To learn more about the Spring Fair, visit encenter.org. Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC presents Programs for 3 – 5 year olds

March 29, 2016 – The ENC will be hosting two Little Naturalists programs for 3 – 5 year olds and their parents in April. Little Naturalist: Desert Adventures on April 12th from 9:30am- 10:30am and Little Naturalists: Spectacular Spring on April 20th from 9:30am- 10:30am. Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC presents Spring Break Nature Camp for Kids

March 5, 2016 – The ENC is presenting a Spring Break Nature Camp for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade from April 4-7, 2016. Participants can choose full day camp, from 9am to 3pm or half-day camp, from 9am to 1pm. Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC Nature Preschool Project Matching Gift Deadline Approaches 

February 26, 2016 – The ENC has an important deadline looming. A year ago an anonymous donor pledged to match any donations the Center receives toward the Preschool Campaign dollar for dollar, up to $3 million. The deadline for that matching opportunity is close at hand – April 4, 2016. Read the entire release.


Press Release: ENC Provides Professional Development for Educators

February 26, 2016 – The ENC Excellent Educator Series provides teachers with hands-on ways to educate children about science and nature. On March 10 teachers can learn about Butterfly Gardens, and on March 30 they can learn “Magic in the Redwoods”. Read the entire release. Read the entire release.


Media Alert: Deep Diving Submersible Pilot Chris Welsh Presenting at the Environmental Nature Center

February 23, 2016 – The Environmental Nature Center is hosting a presentation by Chris Welsh, chief pilot for Deep Sub LLC. Deep Sub LLC operates a deep diving submersible and mothership capable of going depths of 36,000 feet. Read the entire Alert!


Daily Pilot: Students blend robotics, environment and art at Newport nature center

February 20, 2016 – The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach and Girls Inc. offered students from across Orange County a chance to flex their artistic and scientific muscles Friday afternoon. Read the entire story.



Press Release: Deep Diving Submersible Pilot Chris Welsh to Speak at ENC

February 16, 2016 – The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host a presentation by Chris Welsh, chief pilot for Deep Sub LLC on March 2 at 6PM. Deep Sub LLC operates a deep diving submersible and mothership capable of going to depths of 36,000 feet. Read the entire release.


Press Release: ENC and Girls Inc. present Art & Robotics

February 9, 2016 – The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is partnering with Girls Inc. of OC to host the Stem Club Art & Robotics program on February 19. The one-day event offers girls the opportunity to discover the creative process of robotic engineering and art. Read the entire release.


Press Release: ENC Presents Hummingbird Walk and Native Plant Sale

February 4, 2016 – The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is hosting a Hummingbird Walk and Native Plant Sale on February 13, 2016. Two Hummingbird Walks will occur, starting at 11AM (for adults) and 1PM (for families). The Plant Sale will run from 9AM to 3PM. Read the entire release.


Daily Pilot: Chinese students get a refreshing course in clean air during visit to Newport Beach

February 4, 2016 – As the students from Beijing’s Experimental High School stepped into the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, they wandered toward one of the big open doors and felt a warm breeze blow into the room. It gave them a chance to… Read the entire article.


Press Release: ENC Presents Nature Camp during Presidents Week

February 2, 2016 – The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is presenting Presidents Week Nature Camp for students in grades K through 6th, from February 15 to the 18th. Camps are from 9AM to 3PM and half-day camps are available from 9AM to 1PM. Read the entire release.


OC Register: Environmental Nature Center school advances

January 26, 2016 – A long-awaited nature-focused preschool got the go-ahead from the Newport Beach Planning Commission last week. The commission at its Jan. 21 meeting approved a permit for a preschool set up by the Environmental Nature Center… Read the entire story.


Press Release: ENC offers Professional Development for Educators.

January 5, 2016 – The ENC is offering professional development and team building workshops to help local educators strengthen their teaching techniques and classroom management skills. The programs, subsidized by Boeing, are low cost… Read the entire release.


VacationIdea.com: 25 Best Things to do in Newport Beach

December 11, 2015 — Featuring an array of stunning beaches, nature preserves, and an endless choice of activities and restaurants, Newport Beach is a fun weekend destination. Read the entire article.


Daily Pilot: Nature Center Plans Preschool

October 28, 2015 — The Environmental Nature Center plans to construct a nature based preschool on its five-acre campus in Newport Beach. The center, founded in 1972, offers field trip programs and nature camps during school breaks to students in kindergarten through high school. Read the entire article.

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Stag Bar Hosts Fundraiser for ENC Nature Preschool

Newport Beach, Calif., October 27, 2015 — The Alumni Collective, a group of philanthropic Newport Harbor High School alumni, is hosting a fundraiser supporting the Environmental Nature Center on Wednesday, November 18th from 6PM at the historic Stag Bar + Kitchen. 100% of the food and drink sales will be donated to the ENC. Read the entire release.

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ENC Nature Preschool Earns Citation Award

September 30, 2015 – The American Institute of Architects Orange County Chapter (AIAOCC) honored the ENC’s Nature Preschool with a citation award on Thursday, September 17th. The preschool is being designed by LPA Inc. and managed by Griffin Structures. Read the entire release.

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Daily Pilot: Newport alumni group turns focus to nature center

July 10, 2015 – Arthur Jeppe remembers the times he and his former Newport Harbor High School classmates would go to the Environmental Nature Center and dig into the dirt, searching for bugs. … Read the entire article.


Girl Scout Troop Donates Portion of Cookie Sales to Environmental Nature Center

May 26, 2015 – On May 29 at 4:30PM, Carden Academy Girl Scout Troop #3367 will hand deliver a donation check to Environmental Nature Center (ENC) Executive Director Bo Glover. Read the entire release.

The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach hosts its 10th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening.

OC Register: Environmental Nature Center Hosts Spring Faire

May 4, 2015 – Thousands of people arrived at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach Sunday for the 10th annual Spring Faire. Read the whole article.


Project Refined Life: Spring Faire is Almost Here!

April 26, 2015 – We are just one week away for the ENC’s Spring Faire & Butterfly House Opening!… There is also a native plant sale that will take place with plenty of plants that will attract butterflies and birds to your yard. Read the whole article.


SoCalWild.com: First SoCal Nature Center Preschool Coming Soon

April 27, 2015 – Imagine a preschool where youngsters will learn their ABC’s and 123’s among the birds and the trees – that’s the theory behind the first ever pre-K program in Southern California to be established at a nature center. Read the whole article.

KUCI Ask a Leader: Dirty Lessons at the ENC

March 24, 2015 – Executive Director of the Environmental Nature Center, Bo Glover, launches plans for the Center’s new preschool, scheduled to start in January 2017. The curriculum will offer an alternative to sanitized early learning lessons in the burbs. Listen to the Interview (starts at about 37 minutes in).


OC Register: O.C. group is helping kids learn lost art of enjoying nature

April 3, 2015 – Remember the joy of digging your tiny fingers into soft dirt and imagining you were a jungle explorer? Or the freedom of climbing a tree in your yard to survey your little corner of the world from a lofty perch? Read more. 

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Newport Beach Independent: ENC Receives $1-million Donation

March 24, 2015 – The Environmental Nature Center Nature Preschool Campaign has received a $1 million donation from a local philanthropist, and the anonymous donor has pledged another $3 million in matching challenge funds. Read more. 

Looking for #butterflies in the #ENCButterflyHouse at the 2014 #ENCSpringFaire at the #EnvironmentalNatureCenter - photo featured in an @OCRegister article about the #ENCNaturePreschool today! Photo by EUGENE GARCIA The 2015 Spring Faire is on May 3

OC Register: Newport Beach’s ENC gets $1-million Donation for Preschool

March 19, 2015 – An anonymous donation and fund-matching challenge have pushed Newport Beach’s Environmental Nature Center past the halfway point in its $10 million fund-raising campaign to build a nature preschool. – By Megan Nicolai Read more.

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Bo Glover, Executive Director

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