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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 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 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 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. 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.

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Press Release: ENC Hosts Artisan Marketplace

November 19, 2015 — The ENC will host the second annual Artisan Marketplace on December 6, 2015 from 10am to 3pm. Fifty local artisans will display a variety of handmade, eco-friendly, sustainable gifts just in time for the Holidays. Products include a variety of handmade jewelry, edibles, ceramics, candles, soaps, and more. Read the entire release.


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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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

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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


Sarah Fitzgerald, Facility Manager

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Event Coordination
  • Facility Rental


Lori Whalen, Education & Community Relations Director

  • Environmental Education
  • Volunteer Management

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Maria Zalesky, Development Director

  • Membership
  • Fundraisers


Sama Wareh, Outreach Director

  • Outreach Programs
  • Traveling Naturalist
  • Art in Nature

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