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Green Parties

Planning a party, reunion or fundraiser? Make your celebration fabulous and eco-friendly at the Environmental Nature Center! Our award-winning venue has a versatile 8,500-square-foot facility with halls, patios, and native gardens planted in the midst of its gorgeous 5-acre natural setting. The first building in Orange County to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification, it features energy-conserving climate control, water efficient systems and fixtures, and the imaginative use of recycled and recyclable materials throughout.

Flanked on one side by a catering prep kitchen and patio, library, and a butterfly garden…and on the other side by the pale desert shades and dramatic shapes of its California native gardens, this is a stunning outdoor venue—day or night—for your scrumptious seasonal, earth-friendly event. It’s also great for dancing under sunny skies or beneath a nighttime canopy of stars and the facility’s softly luminous solar-powered lanterns. At the foot of the patio, a small amphitheater with built-in bench seating frames a large open fire pit that’s ideal for everyone’s favorite campfire activity—that’s right, how about toasting the good times with champagne and s’mores?

Wondering about indoor options? Follow the paw prints in the sand-textured walkway to the Oak and Sycamore Rooms, two cozy chambers separated by a movable airwall that can be used individually or combined into one large space. Well-equipped for just about any function, the rooms have picture windows, high ceilings, handsome honey-colored cabinets (composed of recycled materials like wheat chaff and sunflower seed), and AV and internet capability. Center staff can help by providing all kinds of exciting biodegradable and reusable decorating options.

Whether your event is large or small, you can be sure that you’re doing the world a big favor when you have it here. And you’re helping the local community, too, since your event fees are also recycled: Most of them go to supporting the Center’s operating costs and programs, and a big portion of your bill is tax deductible, too.

For additional information or to request an appointment with the Facility Manager, please send an email to Heather Johnson.

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