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Hands-on Experience with Nature

I had an amazing time as an intern at the ENC! Not only were the staff incredibly kind and fun to work with, but it also allowed me to build skills that I could bring to future professions. I currently work in a research lab at UC Irvine studying malaria-resistant mosquitoes, and what made my application stand out was my experience as an Animal Care intern. During my internship, I was able to start my own projects such as developing an animal care manual or researching ways to improve the habitats. My internship experience showed my current supervisor that in additional to animal care experience, I had other transferable work skills such as the ability to think critically and work independently. I really enjoyed my…

Hands-on… more than a couple words in our mission

As an animal care intern, I was responsible for tending to the needs of various animals at the ENC. The hands-on experience prepared me for the number of fieldwork studies I conducted through past and current semesters. I am so grateful for the many opportunities that allowed me to grow out of my comfort zone, and find passion in conservation education. Currently I am graduating from California State University, Fullerton with a B.S in biological science, and can’t wait to bring my skills from the ENC to future endeavors. The ENC impacts the lives of children and adults from throughout Orange County. Over 28,000 visited last year to study the environment, gain respect for nature, and learn ecological responsibility and sustainable practices.  The ENC would…

Service Learning Success!

The ENC is a priceless opportunity for learning and hands on experience. As an animal care intern I was able to not only care for many of Californias wonderful natural wildlife, but I was able to help educate any visitors as well. Whether that was through helping young children get to have a close up encounter with many of the ENC’s wonderful reptiles, or through explaining the importance of these animals and that many are misunderstood and provide no threat (such as snakes, which many are scared of) but they actually help maintain and protect our ecosystems. Without the ENC I would never had the ability to have had such a wonderful opportunity. I had volunteered at many rescues and shelters in the past, and…

Dedicating my life to help all creatures great and small

Hi, my name is Sabrina Pham. I have been volunteering at Environmental Nature Center since Spring of 2017. As a volunteer, I have earned a reputation for providing the best care and documenting the care for the mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods. Volunteering at the ENC has given me great understanding of how important it is to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature, how all natural things interact, and how to be able to provide optimum care for educational animals. After graduating at CSUF in May 2018, I began working at a Skilled Nursing Pharmacy as an IV technician. I gained experience in the pharmaceutical industry and learned to provide excellent care for the patients in skilled nursing facilities.  The privilege to be able to volunteer…

My Experience as an ENC Animal Care Intern

I had the greatest experience volunteering throughout my Senior year of high school as an Animal Care Intern at the Environmental Nature Center. I had the pleasure of working with happy and motivated people that sustain a great environment for our Animal Ambassadors in order to educate children, and even adults, about them and the habitat their wild brothers and sisters depend on to survive. Besides feeding the animals and cleaning out their enclosures and habitats, I learned how to properly take care of them by making sure everything was in order, from their diet to how they behaved. I am working towards becoming a Registered Nurse. I have found that working with animals is similar to working with humans because we require careful attention…

Welcome Brittney, our new Communications Intern!

Hello everyone, I’m the new communications intern at the Environmental Resource Center and I’m very excited to meet everyone involved in this community. I’m a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, and I am looking forward to gaining insight and experience in the field of communications and marketing. I’ve had a passion for writing since I was in fourth grade, when I would spend my weekends reading books or writing poems in between school and sports. My family thought I would become an author when I grew up, but I decided to major in Psychology and Minor in Marketing during undergrad. I am still finding my way in life, and have decided to rekindle my hobby of reading/ writing and combine it with other…

Welcome Horticulture Intern Kirsten Babcock!

by Amelia Kimberlin, ENC Communications Intern Kirsten Babcock, an incoming senior at Edison High School, is delighted to be the Environmental Nature Center’s newest Horticulture Intern! Kirsten, while looking for a way she could she could better our community and give back to nature, learned about this position at the ENC and had to apply! She discovered her interests in the environment and its preservation through her high school AP Environmental Science class, which focuses on the vital importance of nature. Kirsten is a prime example of the positive impact of environmental education! “Since taking APES last year, I have gained a tremendous amount of perspective on my impact on the environment. I am considering Environmental Science as a career path and I knew I…

Looking for Leaders

by Angelica Camacho, ENC Communications Intern Are you a responsible, reliable, curious and adventurous high school student? Looking for hands-on volunteer experience? Apply to become a Leader in Training here at the Environmental Nature Center! The Leaders in Training (LIT) program provides students with an excellent opportunity to practice responsibility and leadership as they assist experienced staff at our Nature Camps. “I love seeing the kids light up over the animals and activities,” says Karis Simons, a fourth year Leader in Training and animal care intern at the ENC. Karis continues to volunteer with the program because of her passion for working with children and great respect for the values of the Center. She hopes to apply her experience as an LIT toward a career as…

ENC Nature Camper turned Intern!

My name is Amelia Kimberlin and I am excited to be the new communications intern at the Environmental Nature Center! I am currently working to complete an honors bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature at the University of British Columbia. I was drawn to the Communications Internship at the ENC because of my positive previous experiences as a participant – I was a Nature Camper! – and because it’s a great opportunity to gain personal and professional experience while benefiting the community. I wanted to get hands-on experience in the communications field, as that’s where I will be pursuing a career after graduation. When I heard about this position, I jumped at the chance! I’m very much looking forward to learning to write for…

Turning a Passion into a Profession

by Amelia Kimberlin, ENC Communications Intern Newport Harbor High School student Lucy Nitz is delighted to be the newest Animal Care Intern at the Environmental Nature Center! She first learned about the ENC as a kid through her attendance on field trips to the Center, later becoming a Leader in Training when she entered high school. “I loved working with the kids in an environment that was all-loving and fully educational, as well as incorporating arts and hands-on experiences to make sure everyone was always having fun. I knew I wanted to come back this summer, but my eyes were on the animal care internships more than anything.” Lucy is excited to gain valuable experience during her internship that will help her on her way…

Welcome to Angelica our new intern!

by Angelica Camacho, ENC Communications Intern When you can go on a quick hike on your break, or take a seat in the Redwood Forest, there cannot be a better place to intern than the Environmental Nature Center.  My name is Angelica Camacho and I am thrilled to begin my experience interning for the center here in the beautiful city of Newport Beach.  I am  a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where I majored in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations so when I saw an opening for a communications position for a non-profit organization I had to apply right away.  I am a writer at heart so to be able to write for the ENC and build my experience is a…

Intern Abby hits 100 hours, has big future plans

by Valerie Bain, Animal Care Manager Abby Sweetser started volunteering with us as part of our Animal Care Internship Program in October of 2016 and has already completed the 100 service hours for her high school requirement, yet she continues to give us her Saturday mornings.  She attends Newport Harbor High School & joined us through the Environmental Science Field Studies Department.  Abby & her mom are a Dynamic Duo that also volunteer for Karma Rescue: A non-profit organization that transforms lives and creates second chances with innovative programs that champion at-risk dogs and cats in Los Angeles through rescue, training, fostering and adoption.  When Abby is not attending classes or volunteering her time, she is practicing or competing as a Mid-Fielder for the NHHS…

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