Check out a call for volunteers and Reading in the Redwoods at ENC in February

Come visit the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) in February, as winter is such a special time there. Trees have dropped their leaves with the cooler weather as the days became shorter.

If you’re looking for an unstructured event, join ENC for a quiet walk on the trails or bring a sustainably packaged picnic on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It’s fun to walk the trails covered with spongy layers of wet, fallen leaves and gaze up through the bare branches to the clear blue sky. If you’re quiet, you may see a squirrel scavenging for lunch, or a hawk patiently waiting for a sign of prey.

Here is what’s coming up in February…

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Photos courtesy of ENC

Volunteers weeding at the ENC

Volunteer to Help the Habitat at the ENC on Wednesdays, Feb. 7 from 3-5 p.m. and Feb. 21 from 3-5 p.m. Assist the ENC on the grounds with removal of non-native invasive plant species. This event is for volunteers age 15 and older. Volunteers should each bring a re-usable water bottle filled with water. Closed-toed shoes are required. Review their Zero waste policy here and their “How to Dress to Volunteer” video here. Before volunteering, complete the application here. Report your volunteer hours here. For more information and to register go here.

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A “Leader in Training” volunteer works with a youngster during a Nature Camp session

High School Student Volunteering on February 19-23

“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. If you are interested and would like to apply, go here.

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ENC Education Director Mindy Schwartz

Reading in the Redwoods on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m.

Join ENC for a very special Reading in the Redwoods event with ENC Education Director Mindy Schwartz. She will read Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones by Ruth Heller, whose prose and pictures are the perfect means for discovering the variety of oviparous animals and their unique ways of laying eggs. Participants will enjoy a relaxing morning under the canopy of ENC’s tallest trees. Afterward, children and their adults will participate in hands-on activities related to the theme of the book. For more info 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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