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Environmental Nature Center

Walking trails & discovery room


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 over four decades the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a 5 acre landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life’s pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 28,000 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.

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 over four decades the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a 5 acre landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life’s pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 28,000 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.


In addition to walking trails and a sustainably-designed learning center, there is also a great Discovery Room packed with neat things to touch and investigate. You are welcome to visit the ENC on your own, or enjoy one of the many programs available for children, families, and adults.

  • Environmental Nature Center
  • 1601 East Sixteenth Street
  • Newport Beach, CA 92663

Phone: (949) 645-8489

Website: Click to Visit

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 : 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • New Years Day
  • 4th of July
  • Thanksgiving
  • Day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Memorial Day

Suitable for: 0+

$0.00

Free, provided on location. Parking is very limited.

Activity Name Next Occurrence Suitable Ages
04/26/2018 3 - 5
05/27/2018 3 - 12

Event dates, times and cost are subject to change without notice. Before heading out, please contact the event organizer to verify the information provided. If you have questions about a particular event, please contact the event organizer directly.

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