ENC’s 45th Annual Fall Faire went virtual and raised more than $52,000

The Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC’s) 45th Annual Fall Faire occurred Sunday, Oct. 18 virtually, on both YouTube and Facebook. Participants watched ENC’s Executive Director Bo Glover welcome our community to the event.

“Although we can’t gather in person this year, our dedicated staff, interns and volunteers have worked hard to keep the Fall Faire tradition alive for our community,” said Glover. “The Faire is our largest fundraiser of the year, and the funds we raise are dedicated to the most important thing I can imagine – connecting our community to nature. Why is that so important? My staff and I know that people will conserve what they understand and love. We come to work every day to continue to make those connections, because when it comes down to it, conserving our planet’s resources and biodiversity is vital to our own continued existence.”

After the inspirational introduction, viewers enjoyed a live Bird of Prey presentation, and a virtual “Craft Crawl” and “Story Walk.” Participants learned to play a fall-themed game, virtually, with the ENC’s After School Nature Campers, and watched performances around the virtual “Fire Circle Stage” by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders and the Sweetwater Creek Band.

ENC's 45th Annual donation

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ENC’s Executive Director Bo Glover (in truck) and his team deliver more than 100 Fall Faire To Go bags and pumpkins to Orangewood Foundation

Community members purchased “Fall Faire To Go” bags, which included pumpkins, ENC swag and goodies from the Savor OC Restaurant Showcase sponsors, including a $20 gift card to Avila’s El Ranchito Restaurant, a free week of classes at Ra Yoga, a jar of pepper jam from Naked Grandma and a BAO TEA toothbrush. This year, thanks to the generosity of many donors, the ENC provided more than 100 Fall Faire To Go bags and pumpkins to Orangewood Foundation as part of this year’s Fall Faire. The pumpkins and bags were distributed to families in need throughout Orange County.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of our community, who helped us raise funds through the Fall Faire despite not having a physical event this year,” said Glover. “Between the Online Silent Auction, Native Plant Sale, To Go Bag Sales and Sponsorships, we raised over $52,000.”