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Daily Pilot: Primitive Skills Society takes members back to ancient ways of survival

December 7, 2017: The act of creating fire is considered a sacred endeavor by Bo Glover. “It’s difficult but when you do get fire it will be the most spiritual experience ever,” Glover told more than a dozen members of the newly formed Primitive Skills Society during their inaugural meeting on Dec. 2… Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: Holiday Nature Camps offered by ENC

December 4, 2017: Looking for something fun for the kids to do over the holiday break? Check out the Environmental Nature Center’s Nature Camps designed for children from kindergarten through 6th grade. Read the entire article.

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Press Release: Teachers’ Night Out Makes Nurturing Nature A Reality for Students

November 28, 2017: The word going around is that Thanksgiving has turned into Thanks-taking, especially with the biggest shopping frenzy day starting before the turkey even has time to digest. So ENC has decided to give back by showing teachers, homeschoolers, naturalists, scout leaders and any adult who cares about this planet some fun and scientific ways to encourage children’s inherent fascination with the awesomeness of nature. Read the entire release.

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Huntington Beach News: ENC Establishes Primitive Skills Society

November 22, 2017: The ENC will be hosting the first meeting of the Primitive Skills Society on December 2, 2017 from 4:30 – 7:30PM. During each monthly meeting participants will gather to learn and work on different primitive skills, led by ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. Afterwards, the group will cook a light meal over the campfire. Read the entire article.

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Press Release: ENC Establishes Primitive Skills Society

November 21, 2017: The ENC will be hosting the first meeting of the Primitive Skills Society on December 2, 2017 from 4:30 – 7:30PM. During each monthly meeting participants will gather to learn and work on different primitive skills, led by ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. Afterwards, the group will cook a light meal over the campfire. Read the entire release.

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Stu News Newport: ENC Presents Tiny Naturalists

November 20, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is calling all babies 3 – 9 months along with their significant adults to join Outreach Coordinator Mindy Schwartz for an unstructured “Parent and Me”-style class on the ENC grounds from Dec. 5, 2017 – Jan. 16, 2018. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: ENC hosts Artisans Marketplace to promote eco-friendly products

November 16, 2017: The ENC will be hosting an Artisans Marketplace on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 40 local artisans will display a variety of handmade, eco-friendly, sustainable gifts just in time for the holidays. Featured products include a variety of handmade jewelry, edibles, ceramics, candles, soaps, art, clothing and more. Music and food will add to the day’s festivities. Read the entire article.

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The Business Journal: YSU Business Student Wins International Competition

November 15, 2017: …The case assigned to Fletcher’s group was the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, Calif. The ENC is building a nature preschool and asked Beta Alpha Psi to help develop some financial models to configure preschool sessions to assure a self-sustaining program that engages parents and the community as well as address the philanthropic goals of the center. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: ENC Hosts First Ever Homeschool Day

November 9, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will be hosting the first ever Homeschool Day on Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Join them for a series of programs at the nature center that have been exclusively designed to be engaging, but less structured to meet homeschool needs. Read the entire article.

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Press Release: ENC Hosts First Ever Homeschool Day

November 7, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will be hosting the first ever Homeschool Day on November 29, 2017 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Join us for a series of programs at the nature center that have been exclusively designed to be engaging, but less structured to meet homeschool needs. Read the entire release.

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OC Register: Read and Hike at the ENC

November 6, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center invites children and their parents to an outdoor reading of “The Giving Tree” on Sunday, Nov. 12. After the reading, participants will go on a hike to collect invasive plants and launch seed balls from the meadow deck. The story tells the tale of a boy’s relationship with an apple tree. Read the entire article.

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Parenting OC: Editor’s Picks for November 2017

November 6, 2017: Kids, and their parents, will take a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest, where they will listen to Valerie Bain read The Giving Tree under a big tree. Afterward, everyone will take a nature walk, help in an ENC clean-up, and launch seed balls from the meadow deck. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: Reading in the Redwoods at the ENC

November 6, 2017: On Sunday, Nov. 12, join the Environmental Nature Center for a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest with Valerie Bain, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Bain will read the children’s beloved classic, “The Giving Tree,” by Shel Silverstein, under the canopy of the tallest trees, while your family relaxes together on a blanket or towel. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: Full Moon Walk at the ENC

November 2, 2017: Join Environmental Nature Center naturalist Fiorella Gardella for a nocturnal hike in the Center to learn about the full moon on Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Flashlights are discouraged. Read the entire article HERE.

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Stu News Newport: ENC to hold Native Plant Sale

October 23, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host a Native Plant sale on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Native plants help homeowners save money on water and landscape maintenance, attract butterflies and birds, and eliminate the need for pesticides and fertilizers. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: City to host Water Quality and Coastal Resilience program

October 23, 2017: The City of Newport Beach, in collaboration with UCI’s Newkirk Center for Science and Society, the UCI Oceans Initiative and the Environmental Nature Center, is presenting a program on Improving Water Quality and Coastal Resilience in the Greater Newport Harbor. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. Read the entire article.

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PRESS RELEASE: ENC hosts Native Plant Sale

October 12, 2017: The ENC will host a Native Plant sale on November 12, 2017, from 9am to 3pm. Native plants help homeowners save money on water and landscape maintenance, attract butterflies and birds, and eliminate the need for pesticides and fertilizers. Visit encenter.org for more info on the Native Plant Sale. Read the entire release.

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Laguna Beach Indy: Fall Festivities to give you the Chills

October 6, 2017: Fall is officially here and in Southern California we have our own traditions for enjoying the season. How do we do autumn in the land of eternal summer? Here’s a look at some of the events to summon the season… The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach is hosting a Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors can enjoy face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, games, crafts, music, food vendors and more. The event is free. More info: encenter.org/visit-us/fall-faire. Read the entire article.

Media Alert: ENC presents 42nd Annual Fall Faire

October 5, 2017: More than 3000 attendees, Executive Director Bo Glover, ENC staff, and community volunteers will be in attendance. Proceeds benefit the ENC’s environmental education programs. A variety of pumpkins will be available for sale. Face painters will paint spiders, bats, and pumpkins on faces and Henna tattoo artists will create designs on hands and feet. The Fall Faire will also feature pony rides, a petting zoo, games, and crafts for children to enjoy. Laguna Beach DJ’s will provide lively music for guests to dance to. The OC Bird of Prey Center, the Young Singers of Orange County, and Angela Vincent of Queen Green will also provide entertainment. Read the entire alert.

Stu News Newport: Fire 101 at the ENC

October 2, 2017: Join Environmental Nature Center Executive Director Bo Glover for FIRE 101 to learn about the basics of fire starting on November 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. Building and maintaining a fire is an essential survival skill. It can provide you warmth, dry wet clothes, keep insects away, signal for rescue, boil untreated water and cook food. Along with survival necessities, fire also creates a sense of community. Glover will explain where to build a fire, what materials to use and which type of structure to build. As the sun sets, the pressure will be on to get your friction fire started! Read the entire article.

KidsGuide: Our Top 8 Favorite Pumpkin Patches

September 26, 2017: Fall is officially here and you know what that means…it’s pumpkin patch time! Here are our top 8 picks where you can snip your favorite fall fruit (yes, it’s a fruit…who knew?!). Most of them also include activities like bounce houses, pony rides and lots more to make your day at the patch a success! Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: ENC Fall Faire is on October 15

September 25, 2017: Join ENC for the 42nd Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  So, save this date to purchase your pumpkins for a wonderful cause. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale. Children will participate in a variety of fun crafts and games. Face painters will paint spiders, bats and pumpkins on faces and Henna tattoo artists will create designs on hands and feet. The Fall Faire will also feature pony rides and a petting zoo. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: Critters in the Dark at the ENC

September 18, 2017: Join the Environmental Nature Center’s Enrichment Coordinator Aimee Arvidson for an evening exploring the deep dark ocean at ENC! Children in grades 1 – 6 and their parents will examine the critters that live in the deepest parts of the ocean. Read the entire article.

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PRESS RELEASE: Environmental Nature Center presents 42nd Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch

September 14, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host its biggest event of the year, The Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch, on Sunday October 15th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Proceeds benefit the ENC’s environmental education programs. Read the entire release.

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Stu News Newport: ENC Needs your Trash!

September 14, 2017: The ENC’s annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch takes place Sunday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and they need your help! They are collecting the following items for the Fall Faire Craft Walk: TP tubes, Bottle caps, Black buttons, Corks. If you have any of these items, you can drop them off at the ENC between now and Wednesday, October 11. Read the entire article.

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CBS Los Angeles: Best Activities & Events This Week In Orange County

September 11, 2017: Monday marks the start of the Environmental Nature Center’s new program, aimed at parents and babies between the ages of three and nine months. Tiny Naturalists is a six-session series, taking place each Monday through October 16. The unstructured classes will be led by Mindy Schwartz, the center’s outreach coordinator, and will explore the ENC’s grounds while acting as a type of “Parent and Me” class. Read the entire article.

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Laguna Beach Indy: Environmental Nature Center shares it’s Treasures

September 1, 2017: Bo Glover, executive director of the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, will speak to Laguna Beach Garden Club members about the center’s 45-year history and its plantings with 15 California native plant communities. Glover’s talk begins at 9:30 a.m Friday, Sept. 8, and the club meets at Laguna Presbyterian Church, on 415 Forest Ave. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Laguna: Garden Club will feature Bo Glover, executive director of the Environmental Nature Center, on Sept 8

August 28, 2017: On Friday, Sept 8, Bo Glover, executive director of the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, will speak to Laguna Beach Garden Club members about the five acre Environmental Nature Center with its amazing combination of 15 California native plant communities ranging from a desert, to an oak woodland, to a fresh water marsh, as well as wildlife habitats and walking trails offered at the Center. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: Walk on the Wild Side with the ENC at Room & Board

August 24, 2017: You’re invited to a day of family fun with the Environmental Nature Center’s community partner – Room&Board – on August 27 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. A traveling naturalist from ENC will lead the group with interactive games, story time and a sing-along. Guests of all ages will love meeting live animals, and enjoy sips and snacks. Room&Board is located at 3309 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: Join Little Naturalists and Valerie Bain at the ENC

August 21, 2017: Kids, come join Little Naturalists with Valerie Bain throughout the month of September. Scheduled dates are September 7, 20 and 29 at 9:30 a.m. There will be a different theme for each session. Little Naturalist programs are outdoor experiential education classes designed for 3 – 5 year olds and their adults. Activities are designed to encourage exploration and discovery and to enrich a child’s emerging physical and cognitive skills. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: ENC to hold Taste of Twilight

August 17, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center will be hosting its annual Taste of Twilight. This dinner event, for ENC members and their families, will be on September 13 at 5:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy hands-on nature activities along the trails, a complimentary dinner, and live music by the Shadybrook Band. The evening will end with s’mores and storytelling around a campfire! Read the entire article.

Stu News Newport: Teachers Night Out

August 14, 2017: Join ENC on September 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. for Teachers Night Out bringing all kinds of educators together to experience exciting hands-on ways to teach children about science and nature. Everyone is invited! Classroom teachers, outdoor educators, scout leaders, homeschool parents – anyone who wants to be a better educator. Read the entire article!

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Stu News Newport: Still time to enroll at ENC Summer Nature Camp

July 3, 2017: The ENC has offered Summer Nature Camps since 1977. Nature Camp provides quality science education in an outdoor, hands-on setting. ENC Nature Camp emphasizes experiential learning. Campers spend most of their time outside, having a great time observing nature up close using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes. Science concepts are introduced in a fun environment, with crafts, games and hands-on activities. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: Have Waffles with Waffle the Tortoise

June 22, 2017: The ENC is sharing a special Reading in the Redwoods on June 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The day’s activities include: 9:30 – 10 a.m. Meet ENC’s “hares” (rabbits) and their new Desert Tortoise “Waffle”, and enjoy “Waffles with Waffle”! They’ll be serving up waffles with toppings, coffee and juice. 10 a.m. – Join in a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest with Valerie Bain. Valerie will read the Tortoise & Hare under the canopy of the tallest trees while your family relaxes together on a blanket or towel. Read the entire story.

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Stu News Newport: ENC is Seeking Museum Docents

June 19, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center is seeking new museum docents to staff the front desk, answer phones, greet visitors and provide basic information about the ENC. Currently they need assistance on Thursday afternoons, Friday mornings, and some Saturdays and Sundays. Read the entire article.

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May 31, 2017: …ENC is a random amazing little sanctuary in the middle of Newport Beach with a wonderful back story I love. Basically, when Newport started to grow a few years ago, a few people decided to make this really cool and unexpected place into a community to preserve its natural beauty. It’s turned into an unbelievable place for education and exploration. Read the entire article.

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Press Release: ENC to Host 4th Annual Summer Soiree Fundraiser

May 23, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host a Summer Soiree fundraiser on Saturday June 10, 2017. The night will include cocktails & hors d’oeuvres served by the stream, dinner under the stars, live music, and a live auction – including the opportunity to release a rehabilitated owl into the wild. Read the entire release.

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Stu News Newport: Community Invited to Birdwatch at ENC

May 22, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is inviting the community to birdwatch on their trails on Saturday, May 27 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. ENC Naturalist Chris Holland will introduce a small group to the basics of birdwatching. Holland will demonstrate how to properly use binoculars and what features to look for when purchasing them. Read the whole article.

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Here Comes the Guide: 15 Woodsy Wedding Venues

May, 2017: Whether it’s a single spreading oak, a dappled forest, or a majestic grove of redwoods, trees impart an irresistible beauty to a wedding. All of the Southern California venues we’ve highlighted below showcase Mother Nature’s arborial handiwork, and any one of them might have just the outdoor setting you’re looking for. Read the entire article.

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Stu News Newport: This weekend ENC to hold 12th Annual Spring Faire

May 1, 2017: Come and join the fun at the Environmental Nature Center’s 12th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening on Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Faire will feature a Youth Art Exhibit, native plant sale, crafts, face painting, sing alongs with local performers, nature games, live native animals, and delicious food and beverages from local restaurants. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend. Read the entire article.

Parenting OC: OC Eco-Heroes

April 2017: From recycling to redefining green-clean, protecting the environment is more than a passion for these eco-heroes… Forefront in Bo’s mind as he jumped into his VW bug and headed west to California was making sure the car would survive the nearly 3000 mile trek from Pennsylvania to Newport Beach without breaking down… Read the entire article.

Pacific Coast Magazine: Follow the Green Leaders

April, 2017: In Honor of Earth Day (April 22), we asked experts in the sustainable living movement in Southern California to offer inspiration for greener ways to build, work, vacation and eat. Read the article.

Culture Trip: Top 10 Things to See & Do in Newport Beach

April, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center has its origins in a pile of dirt. In 1972, Newport Harbor High built an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and the dirt from that construction was dumped near a gully on a piece of underutilized land, not far from the school district’s administrative offices… Read the entire article.

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Grocery Headquarters: Mother’s Market Donates $5,000 to Environmental Nature Center

April 27, 2017:  Mother’s Market & Kitchen, a natural and organic foods retailer with seven Orange County stores, has donated $5,000 to the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) from the sale of grocery bags. A portion of each sale was collected for ENC from January through March 31, 2017. Read the entire article.

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Feature Article: Environmental Nature Center Animal Care Intern Accepted into Zoology Program

April 27, 2017:  According to online blog Fear Of, ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes, is the second most common zoophobia, affecting almost a third of all adults. 17-year-old Chelsey Vivar will not be one of them. Read the entire article.

Press Release: Kids Learn Environmental Science at Hands-on, Outdoor, Summer Nature Camp

April 18, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center’s 40th annual Summer Nature Camp will take place from June 26 to August 17, 2017. The camp is open to children entering Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Camp sessions are from Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with half day camps available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read the entire release.

Press Release: ENC Presents Summer Program for Middle School Students

April 18, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center will present a summer program for middle school students, called “Order of the Raven.” Beginning June 26, 2017, the eight day long experience is an opportunity for students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grade to learn life skills, get in touch with their innate capacity for contribution, and prepare for the transitions ahead. Read the entire release.

Stu News Newport: ENC to present 12th Annual Spring Faire

April 10, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center’s will hold its 12th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening on Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Faire will feature a Youth Art Show, native plant sale, crafts, face painting, sing alongs with local performers, nature games, live native animals, and delicious food and beverages from local restaurants. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend. Read the entire article.

CBS Los Angeles: Best Activities to do this Week in Orange County

April 9, 2017: Whether exploring nature, arts or food this week, there are plenty of fun spring events happening. In honor of spring break, the Environmental Nature Center will host their annual nature camp, Downtown Orange will play host to a grilled cheese festival and locals can take part in macramé and floral arranging workshops.

Stu News Newport: ENC announces 6th Annual Youth Art Showcase

April 6, 2017: Calling all youth ages 4 – 18! You will have the opportunity to exhibit your “Climate” art at the Environmental Nature Center’s Spring Faire on May 7. Art must explore climate change and its impact on plants, oceans, forests, deserts, water, and anything and everything in between. The deadline to enter this competition is April 30. Read the entire article.

Press release: ENC presents 12th Annual Spring Faire

April 4, 2017: The ENC will present its 12th annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening on Sunday May 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Faire will feature a Youth Art Show, native plant sale, crafts, face painting, sing alongs with local performers, nature games, live native animals and delicious food and beverages from local restaurants. Over 3,000 people are expected to attend. Read the entire release.

Newport News: ENC offers Spring Break Nature Camp

March 24, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center will offer Spring Break Camp for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade from April 10 – 13. Participants can choose between full day camp, from 9AM to 3PM, or half day camp from 9AM to 1PM. For more information visit encenter.org. Read the entire article.

Stu News Newport: ENC offers Spring Break Nature Camp

March 30, 2017: At the Environmental Nature Center, a few spots are still available for Spring Break Camp, which runs from April 10 – 13. Each day, campers will rotate between three camp teachers and participate in exciting, age-appropriate hands-on activities. Read the entire article.

Stu News Newport: ENC to hold annual Spring Faire

March 20, 2017: Save the date for the 12th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House opening at the Environmental Nature Center on Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and join the youth art exhibit for ages 4 – 18 with the themed challenge, “Creativity and Climate Change.” Check out the Butterfly House with OC nature butterflies and the plants they depend on. Read the entire article.

Press Release: ENC Presents “Creativity and Climate” Youth Art Exhibit

March 16, 2017: The ENC is presenting a “climate” themed Youth Art Exhibit on May 7, 2017 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. Read the entire release.

Press Release: Project Learning Tree to be Featured at ENC Teacher’s Day Out

March 9, 2017: The Environmental Nature Center will feature a Project Learning Tree workshop at its upcoming Teachers Day Out event, which will taking place April 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read the entire release.

CBS Los Angeles: Best Activities To Do Throughout March 2017 In OC

March 8, 2017: In honor of Read Aloud Month, the Environmental Nature Center is celebrating with Reading in the Redwoods, an exciting literary event that is perfect for all book and nature lovers. See the entire article.

Press Release: ENC Presents Spring Break Nature Camp

March 7, 2017: The ENC will offer Spring Break Nature Camp for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade from April 10-13, 2017. Participants can choose between full day camp, from 9am to 3pm or half-day camp, from 9am to 1pm. Read the entire release.

Daily Pilot: Mother’s Market raising money for Environmental Nature Center

March 3, 2017: Costa Mesa-based Mother’s Market & Kitchen is donating a portion of funds collected from the sale of grocery bags to the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. All seven Orange County Mother’s Market locations are participating, according to a news release. The drive lasts through March 31.

Stu News Newport: ENC presents Natural Perfume Workshop

March 2, 2017: Join Stacey Lazzara of Jade Daisy Perfumes at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) for a Natural Perfume Workshop on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sample and discuss 18 different natural essences from around the world, and learn about top, middle and base notes and where each essence fits into a perfume blend. Read the entire article.

Stu News Newport: ENC welcomes Marine Biologist Nancy Caruso

February 27, 2017: The ENC will host a presentation by marine biologist and founder of “Get Inspired!,” Capt. Nancy L. Caruso on March 23 at 6 p.m. As part of the ENC Adult Speaker Series, Caruso will share how we can change the world through community-based restoration projects. Read the entire article.

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.

PRESS RELEASE: ENC turns 45

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: 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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lori@encenter.org
 

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