ENC events, happenings in March

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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Join ENC Lead Naturalist Wendy Green for Reading in the Redwoods on March 16

On Saturday, March 16 from 10-11:30 a.m., join ENC Newport Beach for a very special Reading in the Redwoods event. ENC Lead Naturalist Wendy Green will read one of her favorite children’s books – Steve the Dung Beetle: On a Roll by Susan R. Stoltz. Participants will enjoy a relaxing morning under the canopy of their tallest trees. Afterward, children and their adults will participate in hands-on activities related to the theme of the book. For more information and to register, go here. Cost: $5 per child, pre-registered member, $7 per child, pre-registered non-member and no charge for adults.

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Herbalist William Broen leading a Native Plant Uses Walk

Embark on a Native Plant Uses Walk at ENC Newport Beach on Sunday, March 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. Bioregional Herbalist William 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. William’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.

On Tuesday, March 19 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., learn about Coexisting with Cougars in OC in Modjeska Canyon. Cougar populations face challenges due to urban development that acts as a barrier to adjacent natural areas. This hindrance has resulted in dangerously low genetic diversity within these populations, primarily due to inbreeding. In this talk, Korinna Domingo, founder and director of the Cougar Conservancy and Outreach Coordinator Kelsey Bernard will address frequently asked questions regarding California policy, conflict prevention and mitigation, and more. Cost: ENC Members are free; Non-members, $5. Register here.

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Learn about mountain lions, a vital part of California’s diverse ecosystems

On Thursday, March 21 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., join ENC Newport Beach for Mountain Lions in Orange County. Mountain lions are a keystone species and a vital part of California’s diverse ecosystems. However, their populations are threatened by development, inbreeding and conflict with humans. In this talk, Dr. Jessica Sanchez will discuss mountain lion biology and natural history, the threats to their populations in California, current research into conservation solutions, and what we can do in our own backyard to help protect this charismatic carnivore. Cost: ENC Members are free; Non-members, $5. Register here.

Save the Dates: Enrolling soon for Spring Break Camp – April 1 at ENC Tucker Sanctuary and April 8 at ENC Newport Beach.

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

ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado.

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


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