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Environmental Nature Center

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1601 E 16th St, Newport Beach, CA 92663-5976
+1 949-645-8489
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Beautiful Testament to a Fabulous Estuary

Beautifully designed space right on the Bay with incredible look out points giving you a natural... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
newport beach, CA
Making Nature Fun

We took our almost three year old grand daughter here and spent a delightful morning with story... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2017
Cyndi D
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Founded in 1972, the Environmental Nature Center, known simply to thousands of visiting students through the years as “The ENC”, is a fascinating combination of 15 California native plant communities (ranging from desert, to oak woodland, to fresh water marsh, to redwood forest); wildlife habitats; walking trails; and sustainably designed, LEED Platinum certified learning center. For 40 years, the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a 3.5 acre landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life’s pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 18,000 students and thousands of visitors annually, the ENC is recognized as a leader in science and social science education providing opportunities for increasing our community’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The ENC is a non-profit 501(c)-3 public benefit corporation.Our mission: To provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature.The ENC inspires all generations to protect the natural world by serving as our community’s foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education.
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“hike” (2 reviews)
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1601 E 16th St, Newport Beach, CA 92663-5976
+1 949-645-8489
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Beautifully designed space right on the Bay with incredible look out points giving you a natural view of the majesty of a the dying estuary system in California. Only one of a handful of estuary's left in our beautiful state.

Thank jramstedt
Lori W, Public Relations Manager at Environmental Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Just to clarify, we are not located on the Bay. Our address is 1601 E. 16th Street, in Newport Beach. We're close to the Bay, but you cannot see it from here - although we do have beautiful views as well!

Reviewed 27 April 2017

We took our almost three year old grand daughter here and spent a delightful morning with story telling, hike and craft in honor of earth day. While we enjoyed the 45 minute environmental hike the young children were restless and were more interested in climbing...More

Thank Cyndi D
Lori W, Public Relations Manager at Environmental Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Thank you for your kind words, Cyndi! We hope to see you back soon.

Reviewed 25 August 2016

The Environmental Nature Center has been newly renovated. The new building is amazing. The trails outside take you through different ecosystems, they even have a section with Redwoods. They also have a Butterfly Pavillion.

1  Thank Shawna B
Reviewed 31 July 2016

be sure and stop by this fab place all year round. right in the middle of newport beach but you'd swear you were in the middle of a forest! cool stream runs right through the middle!

1  Thank newportjane
Reviewed 23 March 2016

This is a great place to learn about nature, right in the middle of many other attractions, so that it's near many other things.

1  Thank Adam K
Reviewed 24 October 2015

This is a great place for kids to learn about nature. I took my pre school grandkids here they not only did they have a blast but learned a lot about respecting nature. They had an event at the time we went to this place....More

1  Thank Maria2628
Reviewed 2 August 2015

We used to live in the area and homeschooled our children. This was such a great place to come and explore and have a picnic outside at the tables!

1  Thank Roscam474
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Small center to spend some time with your children, super easy to hike and see cool plants and butterflies if you are lucky. The center keeps improving and becoming more popular, so that is a good sign.

2  Thank Monica S
Reviewed 13 May 2015

this is a great place for kids or for adults to relax. it is educational for children and very peaceful for adults to sit and relax. I filmed a movie there and the results were good. i put the movie on youtube for my business....More

Thank ScottHoag
Reviewed 22 April 2015

When you visit this island of nature, you’ll find an amazing building. It’s as “green” as they come. Ask about the various nature friendly features here. You can see one of them by looking though a widow that shows the insulation. It’s insulated with recycled...More

1  Thank Art-Roxanne
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