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Endless Summer

You are cordially invited to the ENC’s

Endless Summer

Escape to an evening inspired by Nature.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Proceeds will help fund environmental education, expand our natural habitat, develop a nature play area, and construct our community’s first nature based preschool.  Admission is $125 per person or $1,000 per table (8-9 seats). To purchase tickets, please complete the form below.

Please RSVP by 7/17/13.

6PM      Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres on the ENC’s new property.
7PM      Dinner.  Live auction begins (scroll down to read descriptions).
8PM      Live music by the Desperados, live auction continues, campfire.

What should you wear?  Beach casual.  Closed toed, low heeled shoes recommended.

Live Auction Prizes

Dinner & Campfire with Bo our Executive Director

Join ENC Executive Director Bo Glover for a catered dinner and campfire for up to 10 people! After sharing a delicious meal with you and your family or friends, Bo will light up the campfire then read your kids the Lorax using different funny voices for each character.  He will tell stories of his days tracking polar bears in the Arctic and pandas in China.  Perhaps he’ll even lead you on an adventure into the ENC’s wilderness after the sun goes down.

Native Plant Landscape Consultation with Mike

ENC Grounds Manager Mike Swingholm also happens to have his BS in Ornamental Horticulture!  After years of working at Tree of Life Nursery and the ENC, Mike is a Native Plant expert. Win this auction and Mike will visit your Orange County home for a landscape design consultation (up to two hours).  He will make recommendations for plantings in your garden, analyze your irrigation system, make recommendations for water saving improvements, help you design an irrigation and maintenance schedule, and provide up to $200 in native plants for your garden design.  Mike will also provide two follow up phone consultations, up to 30 minutes each.


Field Painting and Picnic in Silverado Canyon with Sama

Join ENC Community Outreach Coordinator Sama Wareh at her home in Silverado Canyon, “the best kept secret in Orange County”. Sama is also a well-known local artist and art instructor.  She will guide you and up to 9 of your friends through the creative process in a painting lesson amongst lush plants, steep cliffs, rolling hills, and beautiful streams.  Afterward, enjoy a catered dinner, Turkish coffee and dessert while Sama tells you about one of her recent adventures to South America, or to war torn Syria where a humanitarian mission resulted in her being named one of OC Metro Magazine’s “Forty under 40”.


Sleepover with Sarah

Join ENC Naturalist Sarah Fitzgerald for a night of fun! We’ll go for a night hike, gaze at the moon and stars, eat pizza and tell stories around the campfire, roast marshmallows and make s’mores.  Before going to bed, we will watch a movie or play games in our Nature Museum from the warmth of our cozy sleeping bags.  Breakfast will be served on Sunday morning. Drop off @ 5PM, Pick up at 9AM.  Limit 10 children (adults are welcome, but not required). Date to be agreed upon by all parties.


Tie Dye Party with Leslie

Bring up to 10 of your friends and/or family to the beautiful ENC for a tie-dye party with ENC Museum Collection Manager Leslie Helliwell.  Leslie is an amazing tie-dye artist – she can help even the most artistically challenged person make a beautiful object ‘d art! We’ll provide a picnic lunch by the stream, as well as a t-shirt and bandana for each participant to tie and dye.  Bring any other white cotton pieces that you’d like to work on, as well! Tie dying involves messy chemicals and the ability to tie knots.  Young children who cannot tie their shoes and whose hands are too small to fit in rubber gloves will require considerable help from an adult.  Please bear this in mind before bidding on this item.

Nanny Naturalist for the Day with Valerie

Drop off your little ones for a fun outdoor adventure in nature:  they may encounter live animals & create natural works of art as they explore ENC trails w/ Naturalist Valerie Bain.  Valerie has degrees in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Psychology and a Master’s in School Social Work, specializing in students with Special Needs.  Valerie taught preschool at the Long Beach City College Child Development Center for four years & has been immersed in the field of Environmental Education for the past five.  Healthy, fun snacks provided.  Drop off @ 9:00, Pick up at 1:00.  Ages 5-8 (limit 10 children). Details: Date to be agreed upon by all parties, available after September 30, 2013.

Bourbon Whiskey Tasting and BBQ Pairing with John

Naturalist John Coltharp is also a spirits educator and recognized whiskey expert!  He will visit your OC home with a selection of Bourbon/Rye whiskey, and describe their history, creation process and flavor profiles as you sip away and chow on pulled pork sliders. (Two-hour session; up to 12 people).

Science Cuisine Campfire with Meghan

Join the ENC’s Education Coordinator and winner of the Association of Environmental Outdoor Education’s Educator of the Year Meghan Womack for an evening of science and fun.   Become a molecular gastronomist right here in the ENC’s natural kitchen and discover the ways that ingredients transform in physical and chemical ways through the art of cooking. We’ll make real root beer using a microorganism, change the molecular structure of milk to make cheese, make our very own dry-ice cider and break some molecular bonds to create ice cream!   After we learn we will enjoy a tasty meal around the campfire. Limit 10 children (adults are welcome, but not required). Date to be agreed upon by all parties.

3 C’s Tour of Balboa Island: “Cottages, Collins & Chocolate Bars” with Celeste and Alex

A great day for you and your friends, or a way to get rid of the visiting relatives – however you use this package is up to you, but it’s GUARANTEED to be fun! Alex and Celeste will take up to 8 eager, fun-loving travelers on a four hour, land and sea historical tour of Balboa Island. We’ll meet at an original 1929 cottage where you’ll feast on a post breakfast snack of Dad’s Doughnuts & Starbucks Coffee. We’ll walk around West Bay Front to the famous Balboa Island Ferry where we’ll jump on a Duffy Electric Boat for a cruise around the area while Captain Alex fills your mind with amazing and mostly true facts, and Celeste fills your belly with lunch. Next, a stroll down South Bay Front to Marine Ave., stopping often to hear stories about the history of the individual houses and shops. You’ll get a guided, VIP tour of the Balboa Island Museum, learn how William S. Collins mapped out the streets, and see exhibits and REAL Balboa Island artifacts.  Then we’ll indulge on Balboa Bars and Frozen Bananas while we stroll down North Bay Front, cramming even more fabulous facts into your overwhelmed craniums. Our tour will end back at the cottage with a question/answer session and Island souvenirs for all! Bid now – the tides rising and those sea walls won’t hold forever! Details: Date to be agreed upon by all parties, summer only, no unattended children.


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