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Volume 7, Issue 78  |  September 30, 2022


Top five things to do at the ENC in February

Environmental Nature Center (ENC) offers a variety of opportunities to spend time enjoying nature in the month of in February.

Top five things Nature Play Club

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Photos courtesy of ENC

After School Nature Play Club offers an outdoor, hands-on learning experience for youngsters

1. This winter, the ENC is continuing to offer After School Nature Play Club to enhance the education of children in our community. After School Nature Play Club is offered on Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 26 and March 2 from 2-5 p.m., in four-week sessions. After School Nature Play Club will provide a learning experience while also giving campers the opportunity to get outside for fresh air, physical activity and a chance to hang out socially with their peers. Campers will spend time at the ENC with friends and mentors for hands-on learning, creative enrichment and expression, a chance to explore without stress. Age/Grade: Students enrolled in kindergarten through third grade (at least 5 years old by September 1). For more information and to register, go here.

Top five things Indarra

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Discover the delicious and nutritious plant-based dishes of India

2. Plant-Based Eating Series: Indian Food with Indarra on Sunday, Feb. 20. Join ENC and their friends from Indarra Modern Indian Cuisine for a fun and informative Indian Food Cooking Demo at 1 p.m. You’ll gather around as Savitur Badhwar from Indarra Indian Cuisine demonstrates how to create delicious and nutritious plant-based dishes with the unique flavors of India. For more information and to register, go here.

Top five things camp

Nature Camp is filled with interactive outdoor activities

3. Presidents Week Nature Camp on February 21-25. The ENC has offered Nature Camps since 1977. Nature Camp provides nature play and quality science education in an outdoor, hands-on setting. ENC Nature Camp emphasizes experiential learning. Campers spend most of their time outside, having a great time observing nature up close using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes. Science concepts are introduced in a fun environment, with crafts, games and hands-on activities. Presidents Week Nature Camp will provide a learning experience while also giving campers the opportunity to get outside for fresh air, physical activity and a chance to hang out socially with their peers. For more information and to register, go here.

Top five things volunteers

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High school volunteers will attend the “Leaders in Training” class on February 16

4. High School Volunteers Needed for Presidents Week Camp on February 21-25. “Leaders in Training” (LiT) are amazing high school students that help with Nature Camps during school breaks. This is a perfect opportunity for volunteers who enjoy working with children and it provides an excellent experience to include on a resume or college application. Although it is a volunteer position, applicants must interview to be eligible. Students, not parents, are responsible for communicating with ENC staff regarding the Leaders in Training opportunity. Training will occur on February 16 from 3-5 p.m. and attendance at training is required for all LiTs and those hours are considered volunteer hours. For more information and to register, go here.

Top five things teachers

Educators gather around the campfire to exchange ideas during “Teachers Night Out”

5. Teachers Night Out: Gardening on Thursday, Feb. 24 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. Join ENC to 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 “How Does your Garden Grow?” Tis the season for planting. Come brainstorm ways to incorporate school gardens, potted classroom plants, edible projects and more in this fun evening with colleagues and friends. 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. For more information and to register, go here.

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

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