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Teachers Night Out at the ENC: Population Education

Event Phone: 949-645-8489 ext. 103

  • April 4, 2018
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Our population is expected to grow to 10 billion by the end of this century but the capacity of our environment to provide space, produce food, and supply energy are limited.

Learn about the impact of population growth and important milestones in human history and view other key data including land use, fertility rates, CO2 emissions, life expectancy, and urbanization.

On April 4th, come join the Environmental Nature Center and Population Education for an interactive, 2-hour professional development workshop. Presenter Helen de la Maza will help us understand global challenges and Teachers Night OUt campfiresustainable solutions through hands-on activities that utilize real world issues and data. Explore interdisciplinary learning strategies that challenge students to make meaningful associations between individuals, communities, and global issues, while building essential skills in social studies, geography, science, and math. Presented activities use role-playing, representational models, group problem-solving, and simulation games to explore the social and environmental impacts of human population growth.

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores!

The Teachers Night Out series brings all kinds of educators together for fun afternoons of learning 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.

Thank you to Ara and Alice Apkarian for sponsoring the Esser Wine for this event. To sponsor the food for this event, please contact Lori.

Helen de la Maza’s bio:

Helen de la Maza is a part-time Science Specialist with the Irvine Unified School District and is also a part-time Lecturer at University of California, Irvine. She worked for the Orange County Department of Education’s Inside the Outdoors program for 9 years before venturing into self-employment in 2006.  She was also formerly a curriculum writer for a statewide project brought about by California’s Education and the Environment Initiative legislation. She is the Orange County California Regional Environmental Education Consortium (OC-CREEC) Region 9B Coordinator. Helen is a workshop facilitator for Population Education, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree. She received a double BA in Biological Sciences and Comparative Literature from UC Davis, an M.S. in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University, and from Concordia University a single subject teaching credential in Language Arts as well as in Life Sciences and an M.A. in Education.


Venue Phone: 949-645-8489

Venue Website:

1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, California, 92663

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