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Environmental Nature Center- Newport Beach, CA

Kristopher Artz May,2012 No Comments
Environmental Nature Center- Newport Beach, CA

The Environmental Nature Center located in Newport Beach, CA is the type of place anyone interested in nature, whether adult or child, will enjoy. There are so many things to do and see. Hidden in the The Learning Center is a LEED Platinum Certified Structure. Combine that with the Butterfly house and the grounds containing 15 different California native plant communities, it makes an excellent day trip, learning experience and easy get away from the urban landscape.

To visit the ENC's website…

 www.encenter.org

Overview Map of the Facilities and the Site.

Start:

At the Learning Center and take in a little about the history of the area and the native plants and animals.

 

Afterwards, the native Butterfly house is a must see.

We were fortunate enough to catch the Monarchs in egg laying season, so my daughters were able to watch first hand as the butterflies laid their eggs on the green foliage with in the butterfly house. It’s not a very large structure so it helps set up many photo opportunities of kids observing the butterflies.

We began our hiking and exploring by heading West-Southwest (counter clockwise) and following alongside the perimeter fence. You quickly realize how small the 3.5 acre area is but it does not become boring because it is so packed full of such a variety of flowers and plant life.

The hiking trails are well maintained, and easy to navigate. The only reason for a park map is to help you to understand which micro ecosystem your walking through. All trails lead back to the Learning Center so there is no need to fear getting lost.

Ferns in the Redwood Themed Forest Section

 

Their are learning stations with activities for children through out the Nature Center.

 

Solid to Gas Activity with Dry Ice and Apple Cider. Cups are Compostable and made from Corn Starch

Finish:

We ended our mini adventure back at the “Desert Oasis” and took some photos of the beautiful blooming Cacti.

The Environmental Nature Center or “ENC” in Newport Beach is really a rare little Gem found in a densely populated area of Southern California. Both the LEED Platinum Learning Center and the rest of the Nature Center, provide amazing opportunities for young and old alike, to learn about sustainability, preservation and the natural world around us. If your in the area, I cannot  recommend it enough.

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