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Environmental Nature Center

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Address: 1601 E 16th St, Newport Beach, CA 92663-5976
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+1 949-645-8489
08:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 16:00

Founded in 1972, the Environmental Nature Center, known simply to thousands...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2016
Shawna B
North Carolina
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North Carolina
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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
newport beach, caifornia
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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
Newport Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 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
Los Angeles, California
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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. There were birds of prey the the kids had the opportunity to see up close.... More 

1 Thank Maria2628
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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
Costa Mesa, California
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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
Newport Beach
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Reviewed 12 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. I got a lot of hits to my website.

Thank ScottHoag
San Diego, California
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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 denim blue jeans! And they have no air conditioning because, though cleaver orientation of the... More 

1 Thank Art-Roxanne
Pasadena, CA
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Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

This is a very small nature center that kept my kids interested and engaged. It has a fantastic little trail in the back that is completely shaded and has green everywhere. It's a fantastic little getaway from the surrounding area.

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Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

From movies all about the Back Bay Nature Reserve to a children's learning center! They have lots of great ways to learn about the history of this area up to the present! Free parking and Free Museum and Children's play/learning center! Great place to take the kids!

1 Thank Nan2cute4u

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