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Stu News Newport: ENC celebrates 45 years

February 20, 2017: In celebration of its 45th anniversary, the Environmental Nature Center is offering a calendar of 45 low-cost and free events planned for the year. The community is encouraged to participate. Events are listed at encenter.org/visit-us/upcoming-events. Read the whole article.


February 15, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center, founded in 1972, will be celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. In celebration, it has shared a calendar of 45 low-cost and free events planned for the year. The community is encouraged to participate. Events are listed at encenter.org/visit-us/upcoming-events Read the entire release.

Stu News Newport: ENC offers “The Way Things Were”

February 13, 2017: On Saturday, Feb 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., join ENC Naturalist Kathy to learn a little about how the indigenous people of Orange County lived before there were shopping centers and highways. Make string and practice your weaving, play some authentic Tongva games and try your hand at “hunting” with a rabbit stick. Listen to a legend and play some music using authentic Tongva instruments. Read the entire article.

Stu News Newport: ENC offers great opportunity for kids to get back to nature during President’s Week

February 9, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host full and half day camps during Presidents Week, Feb 20-23. Full day camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and half day camp is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Campers will be split into small groups by age and will rotate between camp teachers, where they will participate in exciting, age appropriate hands-on activities. Read the entire article.

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Press Release: ENC Presents Reading in the redwoods, partnership with Readaloud.org

February 8, 2017- The ENC will present its next Reading in the Redwoods event on February 12, 2017, from 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Naturalist Valerie Bain will read aloud from “Andrew Henry’s Meadow”, written and illustrated by Doris Burn. Afterwards, families will have the opportunity to build their own makeshift “villages” inspired by the reading. Read the entire release.

CBS Los Angeles: Best Events in OC this Week

February 5, 2017 – Gather around the campfire at the Environmental Nature Center for an evening of fun after the sun goes down. Their event, For the Love of Campfire, S’mores and the Night, is a celebration of the local community, serving as an effort to draw locals together to interact and enjoy one another. Read the entire story.

Press Release: ENC invites Local Children to spend Presidents Week in Nature

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., February 2, 2017 – The ENC will host full and half day camps during Presidents Week February 20-23, 2017. Campers will participate in experiments, games and hands-on activities. They will see and touch whale bones, teeth and baleen, and experiment to find out how whale blubber makes an incredible insulator against frigid ocean temperatures. Read the entire release.

Stu News Newport: ENC to Host Teachers Night Out

January 30, 2017 – The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host their third “Teachers Night Out!” on Thursday, Feb 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. 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). Admission is $5. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: Raindrops have fallen on our heads – have you been saving any of the water?

January 30, 2017 – Join the Environmental Nature Center on Feb 2 at 6 p.m. to learn about the importance of rainwater harvesting and the benefits of a rain barrel. Cindy Berglund of Rain Barrels Intl. will show guests how to install a rain barrel, how to apply for the rebate and provide helpful water conservation tips. Read the entire article.

Press Release: ENC presents Hummingbird Walks

January 26, 2017 – The ENC is hosting two Hummingbird Walks on February 4, 2017. A 10AM walk is for adult participants only; the 12PM walk is open to children and their families. Read the entire release.

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 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.

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: 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.

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.

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 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 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.


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: 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.


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.


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.


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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Press release: 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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Year Founded: 1972

Executive Director: Bo Glover

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Bo Glover, Executive Director

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

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Hilary Mills, Horticulture Manager

  • California Native Plants
  • Eagle Scout Projects


Lori Whalen, Communications Director

  • Environmental Education
  • Volunteer Management

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Sama Wareh, Outreach Director

  • Outreach Programs
  • Traveling Naturalist
  • Art in Nature

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