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ENC to hold Native Plant activities in January

Join the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) during January for a Native Plant Uses Walk, Winter Native Plant sale and volunteer to help the habitat.

Volunteer on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 3-5 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 3-5 p.m., to assist ENC on the grounds with removal of non-native invasive plant species. 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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Broen will discuss traditional and modern uses of plants, how you can tell a lot about plants through your senses, plant folklore and more

On Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10-11:30 a.m., join bioregional herbalist William Broen, who 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: $9 for ENC members; $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required, so to register, go here.

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Achillea millefolium (Common Yarrow) is a native plant that is frequently found in butterfly gardens

On Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., ENC is holding a Winter Native Plant Sale. Replacing water-consuming, high-maintenance, traditional landscapes and lawn with locally native plants can reduce the average homeowner’s water consumption by 60% according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Native plants help save our ecosystems and the bird and insect species that depend on them. Our gardens are fast becoming the last refuge for many wildlife species, such as songbirds, butterflies, bees, frogs and other beneficial creatures, that have lost habitat due to human development. In some cases, cultivated gardens that offer a rich diversity of native plants may offer more resources, such as foraging opportunities for birds and other wildlife, than surrounding degraded wild lands. Proceeds from the native plant sale benefit the ENC’s environmental education programs. A list of available species can be found here.

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

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