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ENC Spring Faire 2012 Featured Artists – Annie Adams

The Environmental Nature Center’s Spring Faire 2012 will take place on May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the ENC located at 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Annie Adams has a love for nature, especially the ocean, and her photography captures it perfectly. As a stay-at-home mom, Annie enjoys taking care of her family while also expressing herself via the use of her camera. Annie discovered her love for photography shortly after her first child was born – a little over 10 years ago. Her passion comes from the idea of freezing specific moments in time and knowing that each photo is rare in its own uniqueness. Annie and her family love to travel and enjoy the numerous beautiful experiences there…

ENC Spring Faire 2012 Featured Artists – Sylvia Marson

Sylvia Marson’s Gourd Art – “I love the whole process of growing, cleaning, cutting, wood burning and carving gourds. They are natures substitute for wood and I can create a beautiful object of art by transforming a dirty, moldy ornamental plant into something shiny and beautiful. I’m an environmental, health & safety professional by trade and an artist by heart. I started working with gourds around 1996 when I took my first class and was hooked. There is an old legend that says: If you give or receive a gourd, with it goes all the best in life – health, happiness and other good things. Gourds have been used by many cultures for thousands of years. Now I hope you enjoy my gourd art and…

ENC Spring Faire 2012 Featured Artists – Circe

The Environmental Nature Center’s Spring Faire 2012 will take place on May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the ENC located at 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Wildlife artist Circe began her love of Nature and animals in early childhood while on hikes with her grandfather in the Pennsylvania woods. Later her family moved to Florida where as a teenager, she explored the seashore and lagoons while sketching and observing the natural world around her. Rescuing strays and injured wildlife, and caring for horses allowed her the opportunity to sketch and sculpt animals firsthand. Using natural clay deposits found near the beach, she began her first sculptures in clay. During her college years she moved to the Southwest to study ceramic…

ENC Spring Faire 2012 Featured Artists – Janet Inez Adams

The Environmental Nature Center’s Spring Faire 2012 will take place on May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the ENC located at 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Janet Inez Adams lives in Southern California where she has taught art to all ages – university to kindergarten. She has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the City University of New York, and a Master of Fine Arts from Cal State University, Fullerton. Adams won a $5,000 Grant from the State for Innovative Art Instruction. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally, both her paintings on paper and the Wood Assemblage Series. She has received many awards and is included in numerous public and private collections. Adams was chosen to design the Freeway…

ENC Spring Faire 2012 Featured Artists – Brynne Cogorno

The Environmental Nature Center’s Spring Faire 2012 will take place on May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the ENC located at 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Local Laguna Beach artist, Brynne Cogorno, has been creating art all her life. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 2007, where she received her bachelor of fine arts in painting and drawing. Boulder is where Brynne learned the importance of living a sustainable life through the friends she met, and the people she worked with. Backward Prints was created in August 2008, with all intentions of reminding people to smile and laugh. Ms. Cogorno shows love for life and attention for our planet through her cards and her wall art. Backward prints…

The Best Henna Workshop in Town

Are you in the mood to do something a little different? If so, you should come do it with the ENC! One of the ENC’s resident Traveling Naturalists and Henna Body Art extraordinaire, Sama Wareh, will be teaching a Henna Workshop where participants will learn the history of henna, symbolism attached to the design, as well as a solid foundation for creating designs and applying the paste. Participants will not only leave the course with their own henna cone and henna tattoo, but will also take home their very own design book built on symmetry, intricacy and simplicity, composition, and balance: the fundamental elements of design. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This course is intended…

Bring Out the Butterflies

Want to spend some time enjoying the butterflies in our Butterfly House, while teaching others about these important animals? Butterfly House Docents help monitor the butterfly house, greet the public, provide casual interpretation, clarify rules and answer questions. Docents commit to volunteer approximately three hours per month or more if desired, during butterfly season (May through October). Docents staff the House on Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM or from 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Weekday docents are occasionally needed. Docents must complete the Butterfly Docent training workshop, offered at the Environmental Nature Center or posses similar training or experience. Training includes an overview of frequently asked questions, a description of the host and nectar plants in the ENC’s butterfly house, and the butterflies…

Spring Break Camp is Finally Here!

The environmental nature center is once again offering its annual spring break camp from April 9-12. Featuring an array of fun activities tailored for young children in grades K – 6th grade, this year’s Spring Break Camp will highlight the themes “Wonderful Water,” “Habitat Heroes,” and “Science Cuisine.” Camp is from 9AM to 1PM, and “After Camp” is offered from 1-3PM Spring Break Themes @ ENC: Habitat Heroes – Campers will get involved in all the ways one can help out our planet Earth. Through hands-on games, eco-friendly crafts and exciting experiments, kids will learn about all 5 R’s, our friends the decomposers, discover some ways to help endangered species, and bust some non-natives. Wonderful Water – Campers will immerse themselves in the wonders of…

Environmental Nature Center gets Electrified!

The Environmental Nature Center recently installed an Electric Vehicle Charging Station, and purchased an Electric Vehicle (EV) to be used as an eco-friendly mode of transportation for its Traveling Naturalist. The ENC is celebrating 40 years of providing quality education through hands on experience with nature. To celebrate this milestone, the ENC purchased an EV for its new Traveling Naturalist program, which conducts off site environmental education programs at schools and for community groups. “Over the last 40 years, the ENC has served as our community’s foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education,” Bo Glover, Executive Director said. “The ENC is committed to promoting sustainability. The vehicle and charging station will launch the ENC into a new era, and inspire others to…

Staying Green with LEEDing Technology

Corona del Mar High School student Julia Kerr recently interviewed our Director of Education Lori Whalen for a paper she’s doing on green building. Here it is: Julia: Where do you think green construction is going in the future? Lori: I think that the standards developed by the US Green Building Council – LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification – will become mandatory for new construction in things like recycling or sourcing a certain amount of materials locally. Hopefully, this will also include clean water and energy efficiency as well. Frankly, years and years down the line, I foresee a law stating that NO water can be used on landscaping at all, requiring homeowners and businesses to only use locally native plants that…

Rewarding ENC’s Finest

On top of complex schedules and busy lives, 11 ENC volunteers stood above the rest by receiving one of the most distinguished awards in community service: The President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award is given to individuals who dedicate a great deal of their time to the betterment of their organizations, and this year, ENC recognized the following for their tremendous work: Alice Apkarian (volunteer of the year; see picture on right), Dennis Campbell, Jeanne Fisher, Darlene Letnes, David Nishioka, Jamie Perlman, Ruth Wolpe, Weston Butera, Jordan Castleton, Ian Fries, and Mike Krasel. Whether its docenting the museum, cleaning up the butterfly house, or serving as junior naturalist, these volunteers put in countless hours to help ENC provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature….

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