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Year Founded: 1972

Executive Director: Bo Glover

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Latest News & Highlights

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ENC Presents 4th Annual Children’s Art Showcase

March 26, 2015 – The ENC is presenting its 4th annual Children’s Art Showcase on May 3, 2015. Youth, ages 4 – 18 have the opportunity to exhibit their art at the Environmental Nature Center’s Spring Faire. The theme of the showcase is “Trashy Yet Classy”. 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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Daily Pilot: Planned Nature Preschool gets $1-million Gift

March 18, 2015 – The ENC announced Wednesday a $1-million gift from an anonymous donor for a future nature preschool on the grounds of the Newport Beach facility. With the gift, the center has raised $6 million of the $10 million needed for the preschool project. - By Nicole Knight Shine Read more. See rendering.

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ENC Preschool Project Receives Funding Boost from Local Philanthropist

March 18, 2015 – The ENC 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. Any donations the Center receives toward the Preschool Campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $3 million. Read more.

#LittleNaturalists at the #EnvironmentalNatureCenter on February 6!  #OutdoorEducation for 3 – 5 year olds and their grown-ups 15 Preschool Field Trips in Orange County

February 17, 2015 – Did you know that a child’s brain starts to develop in utero and completes most of its development by the time they are in their mid twenties? As a part of the developmental process, preschoolers are eager to learn, grow and mirror everything they see around them… Read more. by Jilleen Butler

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ENC Presents Hummingbird Walk and Native Plant Sale

January 20, 2015 – The ENC is hosting a Hummingbird Walk and Native Plant Sale on February 7, 2015. Two Hummingbird Walks will occur, starting at 10AM and 1PM. The Plant Sale will run from 9AM to 3PM. Read more.


ENC Presents Presidents Week Nature Camps Outdoor Learning & Play for K – 6th Gd. Kids

January 15, 2015 – The ENC will present Presidents Week Nature Camp for students, grades K through 6th, from February 16th to the 19th.  Camps are from 9AM to 3PM, and half day camps are available from 9AM to 1PM. Read more.

4_wolf_Anna Where to see and Learn about Wolves in Southern California 

January 12, 2015 – Have you ever seen a wolf?  Most likely no, but you can! Wolves are believed to be ancestors of the domestic dog… Researchers say that the lack of wolves is one of the main reasons why the coyote population has been expanding rapidly over the last 50 years. Read more. by Jilleen Butler

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ENC Connects Community to Nature in New Year

December 30, 2014 – The ENC is presenting a variety of educational programs in January.  Community members can visit to learn more about wolves, insects, the ocean, wilderness survival, or to exercise and relax in a yoga class. Read more.

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ENC Provides Professional Development for Local Educators 

December 23, 2014 – The ENC invites educators to the Excellent Educator Series, a monthly event at which educators learn new hands-on ways to educate children about science and nature. The series consists of four workshops in 2015.  Attendees will learn exciting ways to broaden their teaching abilities.  Read more.

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December 11, 2014 – Did you know you can help OC non-profits as you “shop local” for gifts.  I wanted to talk about my favorite places to actually GO and get gifts where you can give to a local non-profit while finding something really special for your friend or loved one. Read more. by 


ENC Receives $25,000 Donation from Room & Board

November 14, 2014 – The ENC accepted a $25,000 donation from Room & Board South Coast Plaza on Thursday, November 13th. The donation will help support the ENC’s Environmental Education programs. Read more.

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Natural State Alliance: Member Spotlight, Environmental Nature Center

October 31, 2014 - When our community learned of our plans to develop a nature preschool there was a deluge of interest! We continue to receive calls every day from parents wondering when our school will open. Read more.

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City of Newport Beach and ENC Team up to Help Community Cope with Drought

October 28, 2014 - The ENC will host a presentation featuring George Murdoch, Newport Beach Utilities General Manager, and Shane Burckle, Newport Beach Water Conservation Coordinator. The free presentation on 11-5-14 from 6 – 7PM will update the community on California’s drought, and how the City is responding to it. Read more.


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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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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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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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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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 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:


Bo Glover, Executive Director

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

More about Bo.


Lori Whalen, Education & Community Relations Director

  • Environmental Education
  • Volunteer Management

More about Lori.


Mike Swingholm, Grounds Manager

  • California Native Plants
  • Eagle Scout Projects

Alex Lane, Education Coordinator

  • Hands on Science Education
  • Curricula Development
  • California State and Common Core Standards Implementation

Sarah Fitzgerald, Facility Manager

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Event Coordination
  • Facility Rental

Sama Wareh, Outreach Coordinator

  • Outreach Programs
  • Traveling Naturalist
  • Art in Nature

More about Sama.