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Volume 6, Issue 76  | September 21, 2021

ENC happenings in September and into October

Visit the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) as summer turns to autumn. Spiders are weaving webs and insects are abundant at this time of year, so bring your magnifying lens and observe the diversity of nature, as plenty of activities await.

ENC happenings teachers

Teachers Night Out offers a fun evening of sharing curriculum ideas, collaboration and networking

Teachers Night Out: Creepy Crawlies on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 4-7 p.m. 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! Join ENC for a walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun hands-on ways to incorporate science and nature across your curricula. This month’s theme is Creepy Crawlies. Halloween is nearly upon us, so don’t miss this opportunity to connect your students to spooky science and creepy crawly critters. Afterwards you’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. Don’t miss out on this fun evening of curriculum ideas, collaboration and networking. Cost: ENC Member ticket, $9; non-member ticket, $10; Title 1 Teacher ticket, free of charge. Register here.

ENC happenings Douglas Kent

Expert forager Douglas Kent will offer a presentation on grazing throughout Southern California

Foraging Walk on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Foraging is fantastic fun – health and nutrition can as easily be found outside of your door as along any hiking path. Join expert forager Douglas Kent for an inspiring presentation on grazing throughout Southern California. Kent will cover the six primary threats to personal health, the techniques used to protect ecological health and the most commonly found edible greens, fruits, flowers, seeds, roots and sources of protein. He has been working in California’s landscapes for more than 40 years and teaching the techniques of foraging and wildcrafting at Cal Poly Pomona since 2008. Along with six other books, Kent is the author of Foraging Southern California. This program is appropriate for adults. Cost: Free for ENC members; $5 for non-members. Register here.

ENC happenings members

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Take in a stroll of the trails, BBQ lunch and kids’ activities led by naturalists during the Member Appreciation Event

Member Appreciation Event on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ENC is hosting its annual Membership Appreciation Event (formerly known as Taste of Twilight). This exclusive ENC member event will offer a stroll along the trails, a delicious BBQ lunch and kids’ activities led by your favorite naturalists throughout the Center. Reserve your free tickets here. Not a member? Find out how to become a member today. Campers: Join the Name Tag Competition! Wear all of your ENC Nature Camp name tags to the event. You’ll receive a raffle ticket for each name tag you wear, and a bonus raffle ticket if you wear an ENC Nature Camp T-shirt. A winner will be drawn that day, but need not be present.

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Enjoy wine tasting, live music and an online silent auction at the Fall Wine Walk

Fall Wine Walk on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 4-7 p.m. Join ENC for a fabulous afternoon of wine tasting, while helping to raise funds for environmental education in our community. Enjoy wine from Argaux and ONEHOPE Wine, treats from Indarra and more. Guests will walk through the Center and stop at wine tasting stations along the trails to taste wines from several wineries. Bid on fabulous items and experiences in an online silent auction. End your walk with Kean Coffee and dessert. Live music provided by the Velvet Bow Strings will also be featured along the trail. Pause to enjoy their light classical, pop, jazz and folk songs on violin, cello and baroque recorders. Cost: $125/per person or $200 per couple. Register here.

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

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