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Volume 8, Issue 10  |  February 3, 2023Subscribe

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Check out these ENC upcoming events

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is open to those registered for programs. The poppies are starting to bloom, butterflies are becoming more abundant, and the buckeyes will soon be blossoming. The ENC has plenty of fun programs scheduled, with something for everybody. All of their offerings are in alignment with guidelines from state and local health officials.

Here are some upcoming events:

Check out ENC story walk

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Take a Story Walk and listen to the “I’m in Charge of Celebrations” by Byrd Baylor on April 19

–Story Walk: I’m in Charge of Celebrations on Monday, April 19 from 1-3 p.m. The self-guided Story Walk combines physical activity and literacy. Pages are posted at stations along the route. As you walk through the Center, you are directed to the next page in the story. This Story Walk will feature I’m in Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor. Sign up for a window here. Space is limited. Masks are required when not physically distanced. Cost: $5. Children 2 and under are free.

Check out ENC teachers

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Teachers Night Out focuses on equity and inclusion in nature on April 22

Teachers Night Out: Equity and Inclusion on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. Join the ENC on a walk through the Center, after hours, to learn some ways you can help increase equity and inclusion in nature. Nature is for everyone. But not everyone feels like nature is inviting, accessible, inclusive and safe. What can be done to ensure nature is truly for everyone? How can new rhetoric be embedded into environmental education that reinforces these ideals? Teachers, come participate in an enlightening discussion that will leave you feeling inspired. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire. The wine sponsor is Las Palmeras. For more information, costs and to register, go here. Teachers from Title 1 schools may attend for free and ENC members receive a 10 percent discount. If you can’t make it in person, ENC will send you a link to attend virtually.

Check out ENC forest

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Forest bathing, where you will take in the sounds and scents of the forest, takes place on April 25

Forest Bathing on Sunday, April 25 from 1-4 p.m. Join ENC for a self-guided Forest Bathing experience. Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” Come enjoy the sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves and the fresh, clean air. Forest Bathing is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge. By opening your senses, it bridges the gap between you and the natural world. Sign up for a window here. Space is limited. Masks are required when not physically distanced. Cost: $5. 

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. For more information, visit

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