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Meet Melissa our Science Explorer Camp Intern!

by Melissa Pepper, ENC Communications Intern Hi, I’m Melissa Pepper, a soon to be graduate from Chico State where I have been studying Communications and Public Affairs, Public Relations, and Fine Art Photography with an emphasis on dark room. I was raised in Huntington Beach, CA and have spent most of my life either in the water or on the water, hiking, taking pictures and of course, studying or writing. My journey with the Newport Back Bay began in junior high when I joined the swimming team at the YMCA overlooking the beautiful trails.  My junior year of high school, I joined the rowing team at the Newport Aquatic Center and was able to enjoy the water every day. My first years of college were…

The 2018-19 Teachers Night Out Schedule is HERE!

by Amelia Kimberlin, ENC Communications Intern Interested in learning new ways to inject your curriculum with some fun and fresh nature-themed activities? Look no further, because the ENC’s Teachers Night Out is coming up! Kindergarten through twelfth grade teachers are invited to participate in mini-workshops throughout the Nature Center and learn hands-on activities to teach Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) concepts in their own classrooms. The Teachers’ Night Out 2018/19 series will be held one Thursday per month for the entirety of the 2018/19 school year. The primary focus of Teachers’ Night Out is to provide educators of any kind with resources and ideas to implement in their curricula, in an effort to show their students the wonders of nature and the myriad benefits of…

EVENTually, all good internships come to an end.

By: Connie Loo, Event Planning Intern I have been volunteering at the Environmental Nature Center for the past ten weeks as an event planning intern. The Environmental Nature Center is a great place for children to learn about nature through hands-on experience in five acres of nature trails. I would definitely recommend the ENC as a great place for families to go to enjoy nature, to look through animal exhibits, and to even host events. From their nature camps to their toy swaps, all that the ENC does demonstrates how much their staff cares about sustainability and people. My favorite day so far at the ENC has been their groundbreaking day for their Nature Preschool. I clearly saw how much effort the staff put into…

Introducing Jorge our new Intern!

Today marks my first day as a Communications Intern here at Environmental Nature Center. I am currently a student at California State University, Fullerton, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in advertising. While researching internships I found many places that offered great opportunities in my field, but fell short of the educational aspect. When I was contacted by the ENC I was extremely excited, as they offer many great opportunities for our next generation. The ENC provides hands-on opportunities to learn about nature. Working with youth in my past inspired me to find a place where I could help minds grow, and learn how to introduce environmental education in a fun way to younger generations. Advertising being my emphasis, I have taken multiple…

Farewell, For Now

by Chelsea Moreno, ENC Communications Intern As a public relations student with such a niche career path in science communication, finding internships I could truly be passionate about proved difficult for me. I began my search a year early, seeing if any listings caught my attention and I stumbled upon the Environmental Nature Center’s Outreach Intern listing. It wasn’t the type of internship I was hoping for, but the organization’s mission intrigued me. I visited ENCenter.org and to my delight, they also offered communications internships. At that moment, I knew this was exactly where I wanted to intern. Communications, nature, and informal science education? It was perfect for me and I was thrilled. At the time, I was enrolled in a Principle of Public Relations…

Intern Spotlight: Jennifer & Kitri!

Meet the ENC’s newest interns, Jennifer and Kitri! They will both be working under Hilary Mills, the Lead Naturalist and Horticulture Manager. Meet Jennifer! Jennifer is the new Groundskeeper and Compost Intern. During her time here, she will take care of the compost bins, as well as tend and learn about California native plants. Jennifer is a junior at the Orange County School of Arts, where she plays the violin in the orchestra conservatory. She loves all things nature, from plants to composting to the ocean. In college, she hopes to seek an environmental engineering degree. Meet Kitri! Kitri is the new Habitat Restoration and Groundskeeper Intern. Her role consists of learning about and working with ecosystem restoration and California native plants. Kitri attends the…

Welcome aboard, Alex the Intern!

By Alexandria Raeann Choy, ENC Communications Intern Hello everyone! My name is Alex, and I am the new Communications Intern for the summer! I have just finished my first year at UCLA, where I am studying Geography and Environmental Studies. As I walked into the Environmental Nature Center this morning, I was not sure exactly what to expect. I had done an ample amount of poking around on the ENC website, but had yet to see all of the extensive grounds and educational programs. Following a tour of the beautiful (and environmentally-friendly!) buildings and a run-through of my intern duties, I had the opportunity to observe exactly what the ENC does best – educate. I saw hands-on, interactive learning combined with true passion for nature….

Teaching with a Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet and can be extremely useful when teaching about nature and science! Join ENC Horticulture manager Hilary Mills and ENC Butterfly Wrangler Leslie Helliwell to learn all about planting a butterfly garden and how to use it to teach science concepts to your students! Creating a garden for butterflies can help teach a million and one science concepts to kids, including metamorphosis (grade 2) and plant parts (grade 1). During this program teachers will hear about the many characteristics and needs of locally native host and nectar plants, and which butterflies (or birds!) are attracted to which plant. Throughout this fun filled afternoon you will also learn many entertaining and engaging, hands-on activities to teach children about science and…

Welcome Winter/Spring 2016 ENC Interns!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce our Winter 2016 Interns! They are so impressive and enthusiastic, that I just needed to share. They’re going to help us A LOT, and I know that they will benefit so much from their “real world” experience here as well. My name is Aaysia Shelton, one of the new Communications Interns at the ENC. I am a senior at CSUF majoring in communications with an emphasis in public relations. I chose to apply to be an intern at ENC because I have a love for nature and being outdoors. I also thought it would be awesome to be able to use and enhance public relations skills around something I love. During my internship here at ENC I…

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