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Latest News & Highlights

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ENC Presents 41st Annual Fall Faire

Newport Beach, Calif., October 6, 2015 — The ENC will host its biggest event of the year, The Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch, on Sunday October 18th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to this event is free and proceeds benefit the ENC’s environmental education programs. 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.

ENC Hosts a Taste of Twilight

September 24, 2015 – The ENC will host its annual Taste of Twilight dinner event for its members and their families on Wednesday, September 30th at 5:30 pm. Guests will enjoy a night filled with our Naturalists favorite activities as they walk our trails. 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.

Media Alert: ENC Summer Nature Camps begin June 29

June 16, 2015 – Starting on June 29, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will begin its 38th year of Summer Nature Camp. Read the Media Alert HERE.

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ENC Offers campout for Fathers and Sons

June 9, 2015 – On June 19, fathers and their sons will pack up their tents and sleeping bags and head to the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach to enjoy some one-on-one time or participate in group father/son activities. Read the entire release.


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.


Environmental Nature Center Presents Program for Middle School Students

May 19, 2015 – On August 10, 2015, the Order of the Raven will flock again at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC). The program for middle school students flew for the first time in 2014 to rave reviews from participants. Read the entire release.

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Environmental Nature Center Offers Outdoor Options for Kids

May 12, 2015 – On June 29, 2015, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will begin its 38th year of Summer Nature Camp for children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. Read the entire release HERE.

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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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

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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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 

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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.


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 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

Chhay Liv, 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.