ENC events, happenings in April and volunteer opportunities

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) and the ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary have new opportunities each month – something for everyone. If you’re not looking for a structured activity, come join a quiet walk on the trails or bring a sustainably packed picnic. They’re open for everyone on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit https://events.encenter.org to register for a scheduled program

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Participating in an ice-breaker on Teachers Night Out

What can we learn from those who came before us? In this workshop, Teachers Night Out – Indigenous Wisdom, taking place Thursday, April 4 from 4-7 p.m., teachers will explore the deep connection the Tongva and Acjachemen people had with the natural world, and discuss how they can implement their wisdom in classroom lessons, and their own lives. You will discuss topics centered around never taking more than you need, using resources wisely/creatively, using legends to unite us, gratitude, an economy dependent on sharing and trading, and the interconnectedness of nature and humans. 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. Cost: ENC Members, $9; Non-members, $10; Title 1 Teachers are free. For more information and to register for Teachers Night Out, go here.

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Volunteers removing invasive, non-native weeds at the ENC 

On Friday, April 5, Volunteers are needed to help the habitat with shifts available throughout the day. Come help remove invasive, non-native weeds at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. This event is for volunteers age 18 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. Do not bring any tools or gloves, to avoid the spread of weed seed and pathogens. Before volunteering, complete the application here. For more information and to register go here.

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A LIT volunteer is working with a youngster during an ENC craft project

In addition, ENC is looking for responsible high school students that love nature and working with children to be a part of the Leader in Training (LIT) program for their upcoming Presidents Week and Spring Break Camps. What is a Leader in Training? “LITs” are amazing high school students that help with Nature Camps. This is a perfect opportunity for volunteers who enjoy working with children to earn community service hours. Spend time with like-minded peers and gain experience and responsibility supervising young children. It provides an excellent experience to include on a resume or college application. Learn more and apply here.

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Join bioregional herbalist William Broen on a Native Plant Uses Walk at the ENC

On Saturday, April 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the ENC, join bioregional herbalist William Broen on a Native Plant Uses Walk. Broen will discuss traditional and modern uses of locally native plants as well as how a plant’s survival tactics affect how they are used by us, how we can tell a lot about plants through our senses, plant folklore and other related topics. Broen’s walks are informative, interactive, accessible, fun and understandable. He is always happy to share his knowledge of botanical medicine with interested people. Cost: ENC members, $9; Non-members, $10. To register for the Plant Walk, go here.

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Native Plant Sale takes place on April 13

Come check out the Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the ENC. Native plants support local pollinators, birds and other wildlife. Our gardens are fast becoming the last refuge for many wildlife species, such as songbirds, butterflies, bees, frogs and other beneficial creatures. Gardens that offer a rich diversity of native plants offer more resources, such as foraging opportunities for birds and other wildlife. And native plants are beautiful. Help support the ENC’s mission to provide transformative experiences through connection with nature. For more information, go here.

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The Rain Barrel Sale is scheduled for April 13

While you’re at the Native Plant Sale, head on over to the Rain Barrel Sale on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Rain Barrels are made from re-used food-grade plastic barrels. Each has a solid brass 3/4” spigot for garden hose attachment and side brass overflow, and 4” mesh no-see-um screen riveted to top, preventing bugs from accessing the water. Prices range from $95-$110 each, plus tax, and $35 mail-in rebates are available at www.socalwatersmart.com for most local residents. Learn more and pre-purchase here.

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Reading in the Redwoods is happening on April 20

Join ENC for a very special Reading in the Redwoods event with ENC Early Childhood Education Specialist Kass DeBoer, who will read a family-friendly book. 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.

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Summer Nature Camps are being held June 17 through August 9

Save the Date: Summer Nature Camps are being offered at the ENC in Newport Beach and at the ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary in Modjeska Canyon from June 17 through August 9 in one-week sessions. 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 their time outside, having a great time observing nature up close using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes. For more info and to register, go here.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

For more information, visit http://encenter.org.


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